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Writing 1

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Master the skills of writing sketch comedy. Learn basic scene structure, character development, establish action, and learn the styles and genres of comedy. Weekly writing assignments & in-class exercises generate material and establish a regular writing schedule. Foundations of sketch comedy--Learn how to write like an improviser. Brainstorm ideas,...

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$340

8 sessions

Creating Cartoon Stories

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Bring your story ideas to life in cartoons. Explore creative self-development, character development, narrative structure and more! In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in developing and expressing your ideas and point of view. These exercises help you generate the ideas for your own original, personal story. No...

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$80

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Intro to Writing for TV & Film Immersion

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Writers will learn the improvisational brainstorming skills utilized in any writer's room. Explore visual writing, story structure and character in preparation for creating work for TV and Film. Discuss existing scripts, generate plot points, and create engaging comedic characters to populate and inspire your longer script.

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$285

5 sessions

Constructing Your Comedic Screenplay Intensive

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

A sellable screenplay in Hollywood = quit your day job. This class will help you create characters, understand structure and learn to pitch. You'll end this course with an outline of your screenplay idea.

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$371

5 sessions

Writing for Sketch TV Immersion

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Learn to write sketches for TV shows like Saturday Night Live. Explore satire, character based sketches, commercial and television parodies, monologue/Weekend Update jokes, create scripts for digital shorts to promote your writing samples online and more. Collaborate with classmates and teacher to heighten and punch up ideas in this creative Writer?s...

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$285

5 sessions

Creating Your Pilot Pitch Packet

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Television Pilots - Discover the fundamentals of creating a pilot pitch for an original sitcom. Understand what the market is looking for and how to present your idea and make them laugh in the room.  Craft log lines to character breakdowns, a synopsis and future episode ideas. Pitch your ideas; collaborate with classmates to explore and heighten...

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$370

7 sessions

Writing the Comedic Musical: A Crash Course

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Do you love Book of Mormon and Urinetown? Want to try your hand at writing the next Avenue Q or Drowsy Chaperone? Jump into the deep end with this crash course in writing the comedy musical. Learn about the nuts and bolts of theatrical song technique, as well as in the bigger picture of character and story structure. Leave inspired and ready to get...

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$170

4 sessions

Accelerated Elementary A2.1

at ItalCultura - Near North Side 500 N Michigan Ave #1405, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Immerse yourself in the Italian language! 20 hours of instruction in 5 weeks. In the Elementary levels, students will develop linguistic skills, enhance their vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules. A2.1 Chiaro!, Units 1 – 4 Grammar coverage includes indirect pronouns, the conditional mode, the imperfetto and passato prossimo tenses....

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$410

Accelerated Elementary A2.2

at ItalCultura - Near North Side 500 N Michigan Ave #1405, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Immerse yourself in the Italian language! 20 hours of instruction in 5 weeks.  In the Elementary levels, students will develop linguistic skills, enhance their vocabulary and correctly apply grammar rules. A2.2 Chiaro!, Units 5 – 7 Grammar coverage includes the passato prossimo of reflexive verbs, some irregular nouns, and the imperative....

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$410

Writing with The Onion Immersion

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Second City has partnered with The Onion to present this fundamental Immersion outlining The Onion's unique system of generating comedy ideas and stories. Learn how to create winning premises, essays and one-liners, but also find your unique comedy voice and learn to trust it to produce reliably successful humor writing. You'll work through The Onion's...

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$285

5 sessions

Stand-Up Immersion

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students experiment outside their comfort zone and experiment until discovering their own unique style. Prerequisite:  Improv or Writing Immersion Level 1 Improv Level A Improv for Actors 1 Writing...

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$285

5 sessions

Writing 1 Immersion

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Writing 1: Fundamentals & Components of Sketch Comedy. An introduction to sketch comedy techniques including characterization, comic premise and story structure.

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$285

5 sessions

Writing for Late Night TV & Talk Shows Immersion

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Write desk bits, remote segments, guest pieces, sketch and a variety of segments for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Myers, Colbert, Ellen and more. Pitch monologue jokes, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer's Room environment. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples, and produce the elements...

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$285

5 sessions

Intro to Sketch Writing (ages 14-18)

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Learn the basics of sketch comedy scenes, the building blocks of any Second City show. For any student 9th grade and above. Notes: Parents are invited into the classroom to view a brief demonstration of activities on the final day of class. Please note that there are often multiple sections of each class. Students are separated by age and to help...

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$299

7 sessions

Stand-Up 101

at The Second City Training Center - Old Town 230 W North Ave 4th Fl, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students experiment outside their comfort zone and experiment until discovering their own unique style. Class culminates in a final performance on one of The Second City Training Center's stages. Prerequisite:...

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$325

8 sessions

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