Jul 7 - Sep 5
Screenwriting: Crafting Your Comedy Feature
Registration is now closed for this session.
Lindsay Stidham

Course applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS EXTENDED TO: Wednesday, June 16 at 2pm PT. 

Acceptances start after the deadline, and occur on a rolling basis.

Learn how to give shape and form to the outline of your comedy screenplay with experienced screenwriters as your guides. In this live, online course, you move from idea to outline through a review of the foundations of good storytelling, and lessons on character, conflict, dialogue, and the components of the various comedy genres.

In class sessions, you will analyze clips from comedy films, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts with course advisors. Weekly homework designed to move your concept to a completed outline is reviewed by your advisor. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with your advisor focused on your project. 

By the end of the course, you will:

  • learn an overview of the genre.
  • learn the difference between a beat sheet, an outline, and a treatment.
  • review the foundations of screenwriting, including three-act structure.
  • sharpen your main and secondary characters.
  • create mood and manage the tone of your story.
  • identify jokes that serve the story.
  • build your story world.
  • identify your character arcs and set up character conflicts.
  • effectively use dialogue to bring your characters to life and move the plot forward.
  • learn how to process notes from your peers, collaborators, and studio execs.

This course is ideal for:

  • first-time writers who would like to understand the core concepts of comedy screenwriting and how to move their project forward.
  • experienced writers who want a more formal setting and/or the guidance of an experienced comedy writer.

Course enrollment is approximately 50 participants per session, with a participant to advisor ratio of twelve to one. To apply, you must have an idea for a comedy screenplay.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live. If you have any questions about the course, please email collab_courses@sundance.org.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, July 7 - September 5
  • SCHEDULE: Wednesdays, 10am - 12pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Wednesday, July 7 - 10am - 12:30pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Wednesday, August 25 - 10am - 12:30pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Aug 30 - Sep 5
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 16 at 2pm PT

Sundance Co//ab provides accommodations and support services to participants with disabilities. Accommodations and services are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Please email us at accessibility@sundance.org to arrange for services. 

Lindsay holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. She has overseen two scripts from script to screen as a writer/ producer. SPOONER, starring Matthew Lillard (SLAMDANCE), and DOUCHEBAG (SUNDANCE) both released theatrically. Most recently Lindsay sold PLAY NICE starring Mary Lynn Rajskub. more...
With over 25 years experience in media making, Mr. Clark has worked and studied in all areas. From writing and producing; through production; to editing, marketing and distribution. Mr. Clark currently teaches Film Appreciation, Media Aesthetics, Media Production, The Media Industry, Screenwriting and TV Production. more...
Jennifer Sharp is an award winning director, editor, writer and graduate of NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Her first feature film, I’M THROUGH WITH WHITE GIRLS, received numerous awards, and after a theatrical release, it was distributed on Showtime and Netflix, among many other cable networks. The making of her award winning feature film, UNA GREAT MOVIE, was documented through short episodes which can be seen on her Youtube channel. more...

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