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Using comedy writing techniques to get everyone to write. Getting students to focus on the real characters in their life – their dodgy dad, their drunk uncle, their racist grandma – and then write something about them.
Use examples out of popular books, TV shows, radio shows, stand up comedy routines, to help the students realize everyone has a story to tell.
Show don’t tell in writing. Descriptive writing. Finding Funny Details. Making a character jump off the page.
With over 15 years of radio experience on 3RRR, Triple J, Triple M and ABC Radio, and as host of the popular podcast, The Sweetest Plum, Declan discusses all elements of making your own radio show, such as finding material, discussion topics, Interviews, Comedy Sketches, and producing your own podcast. Using audio examples from his […]
Using scenes from the hit ABC kids comedy show, “You’re Skitting Me”, Declan discusses how the writers came up with the scenes, and how they turned them into sketches. With “You’re Skitting Me” into it’s third season, and hugely popular online, the show is an ideal way into comedy writing for younger students.
Using scenes from the hit ABC show, “Ronny Chieng: International Student”, Declan discusses where the ideas for the show came from, and how they used actual stories from Ronny’s life (and his own life) as inspiration. Students are then encouraged to write short scenes and stories from their own life using the techniques Declan has […]
A humourous talk on my experience of not quite fitting in at school, and the process I went through in working out that you don’t want to get to the end and wonder ‘what if?’. I talk about auditions I stuffed up and gigs I stuffed up – like the time someone hurled a flipper […]