CEG Comedy Writers Workshop
Join now! Every other Saturday June through – October 20, 2018
Next session: Saturday, June 16, 2018
10:00 AM to Noon
Location: Calvary Community Church
5495 Via Rocas, Westlake Village, CA 9132
Watch Jim O’Doherty’s interview on CEG Studio here
Join Jim O’Doherty inside CEG’s mentorship program starting June 2, 2018. O’Doherty’s credits include Show Creator, Show Runner, Writer, Comedian of over 300 episodes of TV (3rd Rock From the Sun, The Tracy Morgan Show, Disney’s Kickin It + more).
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE CEG COMEDY WRITERS PROGRAM?
Many reasons… but first of all, because it is a mentor-ship program meant to help Christian writers create content that is relevant to pop culture. Why? Because we need to be better storytellers and content creators. If we are able to do this, we will be more effective in portraying the true nature of Christ to the world. What better way to learn how to reach pop culture than to learn from someone who is working right in the middle of it? You will hear real talk, real words of wisdom and mentor-ship. We want to help you because entertainment is one of the mostly influential mediums in the world. We must be the best we can be within this industry and ministry.
FROM CONCEPT TO PITCH HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
How to write for television
Where stories come from, twists & turns
How to create a one-sheet
How to put together a television pilot
How to pitch
The Writer’s Room (Invite Only)
How to Table Read
THE PLAN AT A GLANCE:
Every other week, Saturday sessions June 2, 2018 – October 20, 2018*
½ hour comedy writing. Multi camera and single camera. Family friendly.
Up to 20 semi-finalists chosen off initial one sheet story concept submission
Semi-finalists work with Show Runner – Jim O’Doherty to develop 1st draft script
4 finalists selected from 1st draft of ½ hour comedy script
Winning script will be chosen by Executive Team from the 2nd draft of pilot script.
CEG will have the option to develop and produce the winning pilot script or sizzle reel
2018 CEG COMEDY WRITERS PROGRAM
The CEG Comedy Writer’s Program will run from June through October, 2018. Up to 20 participants in the CEG Comedy Writers Program will advance to Semi-Finalist through the submission of a One Sheet for an original TV pilot story idea. This One Sheet is due by noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 through electronic submission to Development@ChristianEntertainmentGuild.com. The winning semi-finalists will be mentored through the CEG Comedy Writers Program and to include mentorship by Writer/Creator/Show Runner – Jim O’Doherty. Semi-Finalist mentorship will include support and instruction in the development of a half hour TV pilot script. The CEG Comedy Writers Program workshops will also be open to others as space allows as an opportunity for writers to learn to create professional level TV pilot scripts. All semi-finalists and finalists must register for the the full workshop and turn in all assignments. The CEG Comedy Writer’s Program will continue and include every other Saturday morning workshops that will teach essential skills for writers in the development of a ½ hour comedy TV pilot -basics of writing for TV, where stories and concepts come from, how to create a One Sheet, how to put together a TV pilot script, character development, writing dialogue, how to pitch, basics of the writer’s room, table readings and how to get an agent or manager. Special guests may speak in various phases of the workshop. We hope that participants will come out of the CEG Comedy Writer’s Program with a solid comedic spec script that is required to get agency representation. At the end of the CEG Comedy Writer’s Program, one finalist participant will be selected as the winner. CEG will have the option to produce sizzle reels or pilots of the winning scripts.
NUMBER OF SEMI-FINALISTS SELECTED: Up to 20 semi-finalists
NUMBER OF FINALISTS SELECTED: Up to 4
A WINNER WILL BE SELECTED WHOSE SCRIPT MAY BE PRODUCED BY THE CHRISTIAN ENTERTAINMENT GUILD AS A PILOT OR SIZZLE REEL
PURPOSE: The Christian Entertainment Guild Comedy Writer’s Program is focused on helping Christians in entertainment to develop their skills as a storyteller within pop culture. The program may include teaching and mentorship by top industry writers and producers, creative feedback on writing, and career goals, fellowship and guidance in a career as a TV writer.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and at least 18 years of age. If you would like to participate and are under the age of 18, you may submit to audit the workshop (at same rate). Production experience is not required, but it is suggested. It is highly recommended that all participants use industry standard script writing software Final Draft.
- Photo and resume. Attach a photo and resume to your registration for the CEG Comedy Writers Program.
- CEG application forms must be signed and attached to all applications.
Semi-Finalist One Sheets will be submitted to a panel of show runners, producers and comedians. Finalist scripts will be submitted to the CEG Comedy Writer’s Executive Team and may also include show runners, writers, producers, agents, managers, entertainment attorneys, development executives and distributors in the entertainment industry through the Christian Entertainment Guild who will serve as judges for the Project. There will be three rounds of judging. Writers whose One Sheet are selected by the first round of judges will be considered Semi Finalists. Semi Finalists who continue through the CEG Comedy Writer’s Program and development of their script, will have their scripts submitted to a second round of judging, which will result in the selection of CEG Comedy Writer’s Program Finalists. These final selections will be considered for production as a pilot through the CEG Mentorship Program with the winning script to be produced at the discretion of CEG. Final judging will include showrunners and other working entertainment professionals including producers, manager, agent, heads of acquisition and development or distributors. In the event of non-consensus on the winner, the CEG Comedy Writers Program executive committee of Jim O’Doherty, Joey Scott, Hunington Sachs and Suzy Sachs will make the final decision. Judging will be on the basis of blind submissions; no names or other identifying information will appear on the literary material submitted to the judges. Judges will be required to return or delete the literary material upon completion of judging.
Please note: Each participant will be judged on the One Sheet initially and then the spec script or original pilot for finalists that has been completed within the CEG Comedy Writer’s Program. Judges will have the option of reading a writing sample or second submission from participants. A second piece of material may be attached to your Application which may be used if requested by a judge.
COST: Registration for the CEG Writer’s Program Workshop is $50 per session or a total of $500 for all 10 or 11 sessions. This helps to cover costs. Financial aid is available. We do not want money to be a reason why someone is not able to participate. You may also choose to reserve your space for the full workshop duration June 2 to October 20th (excluding Writer’s Room) as available. A lap top computer and Final Draft or Movie Magic software is highly recommended for use at the workshop as well as in writing assignments. Final Draft is available for sale through CEG at: https://www.christianentertainmentguild.com/shop/
For additional information please write to CEG@ChristianEntertainmentGuild.com
Workshop dates: Saturdays 6/2, 6/16, 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22*, 10/6, 10/20.
*Submit writing assignments to Development@ChristianEntertainmentGuild.com