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"It’s one thing to tell a funny story to your friends over drinks, but to be funny on the page is an art unto itself," says comedy writer Kate Montgomery. “Comedy is fragile and demanding. With drama, you can get away with so much. With comedy, one extra word can ruin the laugh."

In this workshop, we’ll explore the elusive craft of comedy writing. You’ll learn the difference between situation comedy, character-driven comedy, comedy drama, and action comedy, how to structure a set up and pay off, and the ever-essential 'rule of three’. With a combination of screenings, short lectures, group brainstorming, individual writing exercises, games, and improv, you’ll learn how to tap into your comic side and become a more entertaining storyteller.

All are welcome to sign up for this class, whether you're an actor who would like to start writing, an author who's curious about crafting comedies, or a journalist who's looking to get some laughs.


    Kate Montgomery is best known for her award-winning Native American comedy Christmas in the Clouds, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and went on to win top prizes in Austin & Santa Fe. Her credits also include the digital indie Ever Since the World Ended, which won the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and London Sci Fi Film Festival. Kate’s current projects include the San Francisco-based comedy series Neither Here Nor There, the dramatic feature Outerlands, and her own romantic comedy Hooking Up Hannah. A member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, Kate has optioned and sold screenplays to studios and producers in the US, UK & Canada and works as a writing coach, story editor and marketing consultant for industry clients in the US and abroad.
  1. Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Kate Montgomery was not only warm and inviting, she was 100% prepared, providing stacks of carefully considered handouts while also maintaining a flexibility to follow the rhythm of our group. Her knowledge in the field was undeniable and her enthusiasm for discussing and dissecting students' ideas was balanced by honest notes and critiques. I hope to be signing up for another class of hers soon.



Sat, January 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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The Elusive Art of Comedy Writing$145.00Berkeley

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Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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