Comedy Writing Lab

Let your characters come alive in a funny way. 

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1010 participants
10 days
beginner to advance experience
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

1 500 EUR

per artist


The lab is designed for writers and authors to work hands-on to develop their skills around writing for cartoons with the help of Richard Pursel, Emmy Award Winner and season writer of Ren&Stimpy Show, Spoonge Bob series and other famous cartoons.

On completion of the lab, you will

  • develop the very heart of your story, characters’ profiles
  • strengthen your skills as storytellers
  • enhance your team-development processes and workflow
  • get a stamp of credibility for your project in the eyes of potential co-producers

How it works

The residential lab is based on the teamwork of small group participants who bring their projects to work on. Each team will be led by an internationally recognized and experienced supervisor, including lectures and one-on-one consultations with the guest supervisor.

Before the residential lab, online consultation with the mentor will occur. This is to ensure our mentor is familiar with your project and that you receive a series of questions and feedback before you join the lab.

After the residential workshops, your project will be presented for feedback to a three-member international expert panel composed of producers and distributors.

Lesson plan

Lesson 1

  • mentor and student intros/mentorship lecture/spongebob/grandpa story/czech pov/networking
  • assignment: loglines

Lesson 2

  • students pitch loglines/international film festivals/accessibility/structure/short-form animation/limited backgrounds
  • assignment: premise from 1 chosen loglines’

Lesson 3

  • students pitch premise/international outlets/czech funding options/
  • life action or animation/self productions/advanced networking
  • assignment: bullet-point outline from premise

lesson 4

  • students pitch outlines/script essentials/script formatting/script examples
  • assignment: first draft full outline

Lesson 5

  • students pitch first draft full outlines
  • assignment: first draft script from outline

Lesson 6

  • students pitch first draft scripts
  • assignment: second draft scripts

Lesson 7

  • students pitch second draft scripts/the elevator pitch
  • assignment: third draft scripts

Lesson 8

  • students pitch third draft scripts/art of the pitch/20-minute pitch examples
  • assignment: one-two page pitch based on scripts

Lesson 9

  • student pitches
  • assignment: assemble logline/premise/outline/elevator pitch/20-minute pitch

Lesson 10

  • student pitches: logline/premise/outline/elevator pitch/20-minute pitch
  • assignment: refine logline/premise/outline/elevator pitch/20-minute pitch

Who is it for

  • Authors
  • Script writers
  • Directors

Selection criteria

  • Own project
    Participants’ involvement is conditional on their having a project of their own
  • Motivational letter
    Emphasis on career motivation and vision for the submitted project
  • Creative team
    Teams of at least 2 or 3 members/story artists will receive priority
  • Participation in both Story & Art labs
    Projects, which join the Story lab and at least one other art lab are preferred.

Selection process

Project submitted

Reservation is binding, but you won’t pay at this moment

Call deadline

At this moment, the selection of submitted projects begins

Invitation & Billing

If we select your project you will receive an invitation letter with billing info.

Fees and funding


1 500 EUR per participant.

General conditions

  • Possibility to pay in installments.
  • We advise participants to apply for scholarships for participation fees and travel costs in their countries, as many public film funding bodies usually support such training costs.
  • The fee covers the fee of the course. The fee does NOT include accommodation, board and tuition during workshops and travel.
  • Approximate living costs during your stay in the Czech Republic:
    • Accommodation at the venue: 25 EUR / night
    • Breakfast at the hotel – 5 EUR
    • Restaurant meal between 5 – 10 EUR
    • Grocery in general – 50 EUR per person a week

Funding for Czech employees and freelancers

Czech Labour Office (Úřad práce) offers to cover up to 85% of the course fee within the so-called POVEZ II project (Support of Vocational Training for Employees II). See the details and conditions here.

Cancellation Policy

The fee of 30% off the course price applies when canceling 45 days before the start of the course into which one gets accepted.

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