Writing for Series Comedy (Morning)

with Marta F. Kauffman
and Amy Ferris


The name says it all. Friends was not only about a tightly knit team of characters, it was a model of creative collaboration, led by series co-creator and legendary producer Marta F. Kauffman. This is an unparalleled opportunity to learn how Marta created Friends and the hit series, Grace and Frankie—and learn what one of the most successful producers in TV history looks for when she puts together a team of writers. To make this class as real-world as possible, Marta will create breakout groups and give you assignments to work on with fellow participants. Sharpen your pencil, because this is one brilliant writing workout.

Marta will be joined in this class by her friend, co-facilitator and fellow screenwriter extraordinaire Amy Ferris. Her screenplays include Mr. Wonderful (Directed by Anthony Minghella) and Funny Valentines (Directed by Julie Dash).

4 Mornings:  Monday 11/11 – Thursday 11/14, 9:00am-12:00pm


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Marta F. Kauffman​ is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning television writer, producer, and showrunner behind the hit series Friends ​and Grace and Frankie.  Kauffman got her big break alongside David Crane with their pilots ​Dream On (1990) and ​The Powers That Be ​(1992) before they co-created Friends. In 2015, Kauffman started her production company, Okay Goodnight, with industry veterans Robbie Tollin and Hannah KS Canter. Their first series, ​Grace and Frankie is Netflix’s longest-running original ever.

Amy Ferris is an author, screenwriter, editor and playwright. Her latest, Mighty Gorgeous: A Little Book About Messy Love (SheWrites Press, 2023). Her memoir, Marrying George Clooney: Confessions From A Midlife Crisis (Seal Press) debuted theatrically (Off-Broadway) in 2012. Ruth Pennebaker of The New York Times called her memoir “poignant, free-wheeling, cranky and funny.” Amy edited the anthology, SHADES OF BLUE, Writers on Depression, Suicide and Feeling Blue (Seal Press), co-edited the anthology DANCING AT THE SHAME PROM (Seal Press), and contributed to numerous anthologies. She has written for both film and TV. Her screenplays include Mr. Wonderful (Directed by Anthony Minghella) and Funny Valentines (Directed by Julie Dash). She co-authored Old School Love (HarperCollins, 2021) with Rev Run of Run-DMC fame.Amy was honored as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNew, and named one of The 12 Women Who Changed the World in 2021 by NextTribe. Amy is a co-founder of the Milford Readers and Writers Festival.