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Comedy Writing Taster

Tutor: Diane Messias
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next start date: 10 February 2016

Blogs, sketches, drama, novels and standup? In this course you’ll have a go at them all. 

With more than a few laughs along the way, you will complete an assortment of exercises, and really explore your written funny.

Comedy comes in many different forms and each medium has its own template and rules. In this 8-week course participants will learn how to write comedy blogs, sketches, drama, novels and standup. With more than a few laughs along the way, the students will complete an assortment of exercises, and perform a five-minute comedy routine in a safe and supportive space at the end-of-course showcase. It’s clever, it’s fun, you can try this at home!


About the tutor

Diane has worked in professional comedy for the past thirty years; starting out in theatre as a writer, script editor and director, she subsequently spent five years as a BBC Comedy Producer & Director (credits include One Foot In The Grave and The News Quiz),

Her comedy tuition website can be found here




She’s a wisecracking, fast-talking, slick professional with a plethora of stories and a marvellous comic pedigree.  But it’s the warmth of her personality, her attention to detail and her superb way of supporting performers that makes her tops at producing comedy in all its guises.  See Diane Messias now!

Elaine Wallace, actress – Standup Workshop, The Actors Centre, London


I attended Diane’s drama writing workshop and found it incredibly useful. Diane covered all the major areas of writing for different mediums, and the tips she passed on were truly invaluable!

I would highly recommend the course to anyone who is serious about taking their writing to the next level!

Lisa Thomson, freelance filmmaker – Drama Writing Course


I learned more in two hours with Diane than I have from any book – and I’ve read most of them.

I was struck by her depth of knowledge, and her detailed notes on my script were inspiring.  I’ve never come across anyone else who approaches the subject in the way she does.  Diane’s a real pro who knows all the tips and tricks on how things are really done.  Right on the money!

Mark Kemp – Script Consultation