How to Write Funny with Jan Etherington

Location: Swansea
Address: Volcano Theatre, 27-29 High St, Swansea, SA1 1LG
Event time: 6-8pm
Jan Etherington guides you through the essentials of comedy writing in this evening meeting.

Event details

Jan Etherington believes comedy is the hardest thing to write and should be taken seriously! She discusses the eternal triangle – character, dialogue, plot – and  how to avoid stereotypes – in word and deed. Would he say that? Do I believe this character? Also, some thoughts on how to get your script to commissioners and producers.

About Jan Etherington

Jan Etherington is a multi-award-winning comedy writer. Her latest comedy, for which she is writing a full series, after two specials, is BBC R4's Conversations From a Long Marriage starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam, transmitting in January 2020.

Jan began as a music journalist and feature writer but  started writing comedy with her husband Gavin Petrie, in 1988. The first series, Second Thoughts (BBCR4), won the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals, two years running. This was followed by Next of Kin (BBC TV), The Change (BBCR4), Duck Patrol (LWT), Faith in the Future (ITV) which won a British Comedy Award, The Other Man (BBCR4), Paradise CafĂ© (BBC2), and sketches for Ayres on the Air (BBCR4).

Jan is still a broadcaster and journalist, contributing travel, features and comment articles to many national newspapers and magazines. If you are interested in longer courses with Jan as a tutor, visit

Details and tickets

Tickets are £10 (inc VAT) SoA members and £15 (inc VAT) for guests. Please book via Eventbrite.

Doors open at 5.30 with the talk beginning at 6pm. There will be a cash bar which closes at 9pm, but a drink will be made available on arrival.

Be aware that the ticket, travel and any necessary accommodation is an allowable business expense for tax purposes. VAT is at 20% and you will receive an automated invoice when booking via Eventbrite.