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Award winning facilitators at the Workshop Weekend

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The rumours are true! Funny Women are hosting the weekend event you've all been waiting for. After the storming success of the first ever Funny Women Workshop Weekend in February - we're bringing it back just in time for summer! Two days of taking a uniquely humorous approach to empowerment, encouragement, entertainment and fun from some top comedy writers, confidence coaches and improv experts, now all yours for the booking.

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July our ingeniously curated programme will be packed full of advice and techniques for getting the best out of yourself.  Whether you want to perform comedy or hone your public speaking skills, our tried and tested introductory and advanced workshops have already set the benchmark and this extended programme is sure to build your confidence, help you communicate and get your creative juices flowing.

We’ve lined up some great speakers to inspire you and there will be time for networking, panel discussions and some entertainment too.

Lynne Parker, award winning founder of Funny Women, will be hosting Funny Women’s popular ‘Stand Up to Stand Out’ workshop, in which participants learn how the techniques from stand-up can be used in day to day life to get ahead and get your voice heard. You’ll be encouraged to write and perform your own material during the weekend so this workshop is great for kickstarting inspiration, resolving 'writers block' and overcoming performance 'butterflies'. Lynne has led workshops at the Women of the World Festival, BritMums Live, for corporate clients including the Royal Mail and East Cost trains, amongst many others.

Paul Dodgson is a hugely acclaimed award winning comedy writer and will be hosting a workshop for us on writing for radio. Paul has written twelve plays for BBC Radio 4, spent 18 months on the 'Eastenders' writing team (you’ve got to have a sense of humour to do that, Ed) and was the writer on the award winning drama-documentary series 'Monsters We Met' for BBC2. Paul’s most recent radio play, 'You Drive Me Crazy', was broadcast in January this year and was a radio memoir about himself, motorways and madness. Paul regularly hosts writing workshops both in the UK and abroad. Read more about Paul HERE.

Sue Teddern is a highly experienced comedy writer and will be leading a workshop on character creation.  Sue’s most recent writing credit has been creating/co-writing 'Homefront', for ITV1. She was on the team of writers for both 'My Family' and 'Birds of a Feather', and co-wrote Sister Frances with Jo Brand. She has written numerous dramas for BBC Radio 4, and has been commissioned by Bloomsbury to co-write 'Writing for TV & Radio: A Writers' and Artists' Companion.'

Courtney Cornfield will be hosting a workshop on improvisation skills, both in comedy and in life. Courtney is a top North American improviser, a Funny Women regular and mentor for our Charity Challenge participants. Courtney has had many years of improv experience spanning both sides of the Atlantic. At Calgary’s Loose Moose Theatre, Courtney wrote sketches for late night sketch shows and undertook improv training alongside globally renowned trainers Keith Johnstone, Dennis Cahill and Shawn Kinley. Courtney was fortunate enough to be one of the first of 14 improvisers to play Johnstone’s Micetro Improv when it was in its fledgling state. 

Zoe Charles of ‘The Cheek of It’ will show you how awareness of your feminine physicality can improve self confidence and performance skills. She will also help you to learn about charm and storytelling. After originally training in drama and working as an acting teacher, Zoe saw a burlesque show in 2005 and was immediately hooked. 'The Cheek of It' burlesque school now teaches over 700 women each year how to feel confident and empowered using this unique art form. Zoe was the recipient of the London Cabaret Award.

Taking place in the intimate surroundings of B:Hive, a beautiful women’s business club set up by Lynne Franks, we’re throwing in some informal networking, panel discussions, performances, special guest speakers and a few drinks to make the weekend go with an extra humorous swing. All this only costs £250.

So, go on - BOOK NOW - you know you want to!  For more information on the timetable of the day and to book, click HERE.

Comments (7)


Sunday 13th January 2013 23:31

This sounds great! I wish i could afford this.

Carol Noakes

Tuesday 29th January 2013 10:26

I'd love to join in but can't do the whole weekend: is it all or nothing? Carol

Wednesday 30th January 2013 10:19

Hi there

Great idea, but untested and a shame as I would have been happy to attend a "taster" session, for a much reduced price, with the option of going on to the further more expensive course later on.

Funny Women

Wednesday 30th January 2013 15:57

Hello Maria, Carol and Anon,

Carol- I'm afraid there is one set price for the weekend, rather than single session prices.

Just to let you know that we do offer shorter introductory Comedy Workshops which allow you to learn about how you can use stand-up techniques in every-day life. This will give you a good idea of what we at Funny Women do. Details can be found here if you would be interested in taking part:


Sunday 17th March 2013 20:24

Do you know if there a reasonable hotel near to the venue that you could recommend for us non-London attendees? Seriously want to do this, & had originally thought accomodation was included, until I read through everything properly just now!
The train there & back on both days would probably be a bit knackering but don't want to pay £200 for a hotel on top of the workshop price too.

Monday 18th March 2013 16:53

Hi Medusa,

I recommend using, and Groupon- there are always last minute central London hotel deals!

Dee Becker

Wednesday 10th July 2013 12:47

WOW! I would love to attend this but have only just been given the heads-up that it's happening this weekend and I have other things planned. Will there be another one later in the year? Please let me know!

P.S. I'll also check out the workshops you have mentioned to Maria, Carol & Anon.

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