sitcom spec workshop – feedback

i run an online sitcom spec writing workshop. it’s 8 weeks long, and we go from logline, to outline, to draft. if you’re interested in signing up, register here: workshop.kiyongkim.com

here are what past students had to say:

Caitlin:

I knew from reading Kiyong’s blog over the years that he was a talented writer who was writing at a professional level as an alum of both the Nickelodeon and NBC Writing programs.  At the stage I’m at in my career, I needed honest feedback from someone who knew what it took to write a high-quality spec.

Kiyong’s precise, clear notes on my work definitely helped define my storylines in the planning stages.  The caliber of feedback throughout the course, both from Kiyong and the other students, really pushed me to write what I consider to be my best sitcom spec to date.  Beyond the class meetings each week, Kiyong also provided written notes on each assignment and one-on-one meetings over two months.  I enjoyed being put through my paces and writing a spec on the same schedule as professional writers.  I would enthusiastically recommend the course to other people looking to up their sitcom spec skills, and I would love to go through the program again with another spec!

Amisha:

I’ve taken courses at acclaimed screenwriting programs and Kiyong’s class ranks among the best in script consulting. Kiyong was dedicated to his students and offered insightful feedback to push you to write your best. Fellowships and working as a writer is about more than just the script and Kiyong guided each writer through that minefield of actually talking about yourself so you don’t blow interviews and being able to accept and incorporate notes, which was worth the price of the workshop alone. In addition, the workshop offered a community of like-minded serious writers who were fun, were great sounding boards, and gave good notes. It’s not a fly-by class: there are homework assignments and deadlines — just like the real world. And if you keep up and put in the work, the cost of the workshop will pay itself tenfold. I would recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to take their script to a competitive level.

Prashant:

I heard about Kiyong’s class from a former screenwriting teacher who had just completed his course. Knowing full well that, at this point in my life, it was time for me to get some honest-to-goodness feedback from People Who Know, I didn’t think twice about taking this class.

Kiyong’s detailed notes and feedback helped me more than I dreamed. From the first class to the last, you’ll go through the same schedule as most writer’s rooms. If there’s anything I love more than writing comedy, it’s science. Through Kiyong, I learned about the science behind writing a sitcom spec. From concepting loglines to taking intensive notes on your shows, plotting out scenes, and ultimately starting the script, Kiyong helped me pace through the process, leading me to write the most complete and funniest spec ever to come out of my mind grapes.

Think of this as an AP course’s AP course. The resumés of Kiyong and the other students are enviable, and if you don’t show up ready to write and–more importantly–contribute, there’s no point in showing up at all.

It’s a lot of work, but the process is insanely fun. And rewarding. After all, we’re writing comedy scripts, shouldn’t it be an awesome time?

Preston:

Kiyong’s workshop will leave you with a finished half-hour-sitcom spec script and enough notes and tools to revise and polish it to perfection. While the workshop is structured to take you from researching shows to writing log-lines, treatments, beat sheets, outlines, and pages (your script), it is so much more. While guiding you though the entire process of writing a spec script from start to finish, Kiyong provides you with a wealth of information and resources on how to go about applying to the various writing programs and competitions. For example, Kiyong will give you excellent notes on how to polish your biography, and go over likely interview questions. Kiyong is patient, prepared, and goal oriented. These classes will work especially well for anybody who wants a finished spec script by the end of the workshop. Furthermore, Kiyong’s workshop is very reasonably priced when you consider that classes frequently are three hours long and that the workshop includes one-on-one chat sessions with Kiyong. You’ll also get amazing feedback from all the other students. For these reasons and more, it’s a great workshop. I’d never written a spec script and, all due to Kiyong’s workshop, I now have one.

TJ:

I’ve taken a lot of writing classes for television and many of them don’t really guide you in comprehensive and useful way, most them don’t even give assignments or examples that you can work with. Kiyong, however, shows you his own writing process, tips and tools, to help you get through that draft. He provides one-on-one meetings in addition to the workshop, and gets you thinking about all the little things you never think of, like your bio and your interview if you make it through the first round. Take this workshop if you want an inside view on what it’s like to be a fellow, and if you want to get that first draft done!

Allen:

I would definitely recommend taking the writing workshop with Kiyong. I had always wanted to write a spec script but the process seemed so daunting to me. The workshop was a great place to start. Kiyong shared his techniques and strategies to break down the whole writing process. Each week we would have new assignments that incorporated different parts of writing a spec. This definitely made it easier for me, as it was less overwhelming than starting with a blank page. Kiyong was very supportive and made sure to make himself available to us as much as he could. The class was made up of writers from different writing backgrounds, but Kiyong made it feel like we were on a level playing field. He would always offer constructive criticism, instead of shooting our ideas down, which made it a positive learning environment. I also enjoyed his insight on the different writing fellowships that Kiyong has done. I feel prepared on what to expect in the interviews or meetings if I were ever to take part in them. The workshop was a great experience overall, and I now feel I have the tools to write stronger scripts in the future.

Omar:

If you’re looking for a better way to organize your ideas and improve your story structure, I wholeheartedly recommend Kiyong’s workshop. You’ll actually spend more time breaking down scripts, creating a beat sheet and writing outlines instead of writing pages – and it’s a good thing. It’ll make you a more efficient writer. Once you start with your script, you’ll have more fun writing jokes because your story structure will be solid. Kiyong’s notes are always on point and his in-depth knowledge of various writing programs will help you focus on what’s most important when you submit your script. The workshop will also connect you with a group of fellow writers who will read your ideas and give you valuable notes. It was the most fun I’ve had writing a spec script.

Santosh:

Kiyong’s workshop not only help in terms of getting a lot of insider information about writing fellowships, but in making your script much more organized and your process much more efficient. There will be some spreadsheets and outlines, and a lot of work, but if you are serious about writing, I definitely recommend you take it. You’ll meet a lot of like-minded, funny people to bounce ideas off of, and if Kiyong really likes you, he might tell you some embarrassing stories. Those are worth half the price alone.

Bernard:

The most helpful part about the class is Kiyong’s experience that he shares with you every time you speak with him. Kiyong sees your screenplay the way I believe execs would look at it. His notes are very detailed and plentiful. Every time I thought I turned in a good draft, Kiyong would have 30 notes on it! If you go through the whole process with Kiyong, you will definitely be a better writer than you were when you started.

Paul:

Being part of Kiyong’s Spec Script Workshop allowed me to write my best spec yet! Each week was well structured at an achievable pace. His feedback was well rounded and invested in making my script a success. It was exactly what I needed to energize my writing and meet some challenging goals!

  1. Jay left a comment on June 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hey man, I’d be interested in reading a post about how some of your NBC WOTV alums landed jobs on various shows. It might just be because you were in it this year (so were able to acknowledge their achievements), but the success rate seems to have been good this year.

    • kiyong left a comment on June 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      i’ll definitely be writing about staffing season in the next few weeks.

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