Sitcom Spec Writing Workshop

EDIT 7/6/13

The fourth session will start in Sept. Register here –

EDIT 4/24/13My third session will start in June. You can put yourself on the wait list by emailing me at

EDIT 1/24/13

I haven’t officially announced my second session, but people are already RSVPing. Class will probably be Sundays, 1pm PST / 4pm EST.

EDIT 12/14/12

All spots have been filled for the workshop! I’d like to do this again in Feb, so email me if you’re interested. Thanks.

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I’ve thought about this for a while, but I finally decided to run an online sitcom spec writing workshop. The main reason to write a spec script these days is so you can apply to the different writing fellowships. I know how to write a good spec. I wrote spec scripts that got me into the NBC Writers on the Verge program and the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship, and I’ll take you through the same process that I used.


We’ll go over everything from beginning to end, including picking what show to spec, pitching and writing loglines, writing a synopsis, an outline, and then your draft. The goal is to have a new, polished spec ready to submit to contests and fellowships.

There will be weekly assignments, and you’ll be expected to read and have notes for everyone’s work in addition to working on your own writing.

Besides writing the spec scripts, we’ll also cover writing the bios for the various writing program applications, and preparation for the interview process.

Here’s a quick overview of the syllabus for the first 4 weeks:

What we’ll cover in the last 4 weeks:…-syllabus-part-2/


The workshop will be online, so you’ll need a computer with a web cam and a high speed internet connection. All of the classes will be group video chats using Google+  which is free.


For comparison, UCLA Extension charges over $500 for a 10 week class, but you’ll only have an outline after the class, not a finished script.


I need 5 students minimum, 8 students max per workshop.

If you’re interested or have any questions, email me at Please let me know what other specs you’ve written. Thanks.

  1. sitcom spec workshop syllabus | kiyong's blog of creative pursuits left a comment on November 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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  2. kae left a comment on December 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    This sounds awesome Kiyong! You go. Wish like hell I could afford it!! good luck with it.

  3. kae left a comment on December 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I’ll also repost this on my FundMyFilm facebook page for you!

  4. kiyong left a comment on December 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    thanks so much! i’m really excited for it. should be a lot of fun.

  5. Kristen left a comment on June 28, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Will you be doing a summer spec workshop? I’d love to enroll, thanks!

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