Paul Dornan

Fiction Development

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Paul Dornan has worked in the TV and film comedy world for over two decades as a writer, producer, director, teacher and mentor.

While specialising in character comedy and comedy-drama, he’s also worked one-to-one developing projects with talents such as Barry Humphries, Caroline Aherne, Hugh Bonneville, Tim Spaul, Lenny Henry and Aisling Bea, as well as the producers of award-winning TV shows such as Men Behaving Badly, Billy Elliot and Sherlock.

Paul co-created the British Comedy Award-winning Big Impression with Alistair McGowan, and helped Kim Fuller create the S Club children’s TV franchise that sold to over 100 countries.

His TV film comedy Doubletime was broadcast by ITV and his play, Democracy For Beginners on BBC Radio 4.

Paul co-wrote the massive Sunday Times number one bestseller The A-Z of Behaving Badly with Simon Nye, and his first comic novel, started at the Faber Academy, Love & Biology is currently out to submission. His comic short story A Twix And A Twingo, was shortlisted for the Bath Short Story Award in 2020.

Away from page and screen, Paul's past teaching work includes being a regular visiting lecturer on the MA in Creative Management course at the University of Warwick, leading a week-long residential comedy writing courses for the Arvon Foundation and the How To Academy.

Upcoming Courses

Fiction Development

Funny Business: The Comedy Writing Room

Join your fellow writers in the Faber Academy Comedy Writing Room in this week-long course, where you’ll find the wit, warmth and laughter in your writing.



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1-5 days


Paul Dornan, Emma Jane Unsworth

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Monday 22 Jul 2024

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Articles by Paul Dornan

Why Comedy?

Paul Dornan, tutor on Funny Business: The Comedy Writing Room, explores his reasons for pursuing a career in comedy writing.

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