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I’m a writer and an alum of the NBC Writers on the Verge program, the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship, and the CAAM Fellowship. logo-fellowships I’ve been teaching my TV writing workshops since 2012. My students have ranged from new writers who have never written a script, to grad students studying screenwriting. Please check out all the wonderful testimonials from former students. With the scripts they wrote in my workshop, writers have gone on to place in the ABC Disney Writing Program, the WB Writers Workshop, the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Scriptapalooza, and the Austin Film Festival.

I’ve taken tv writing classes at esteemed places, and though they were helpful, Kiyong’s guidance and feedback is incomparable. Many people can point out what’s wrong in a script. Kiyong goes beyond that. He’s gifted in pinpointing why something’s not working and then helping you find a way to fix it.
Valeska
Kiyong is an absolute pleasure to work with. Investing in this class was a great decision.  Not only is Kiyong professional & wealth of knowledge, but, he is patient & focused on making all of his students comfortable, thereby creating an environment where your creativity can really blossom.
Jill
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.
TJ
I’ve taken a few different TV writing classes before and none were as helpful as Kiyong’s!  The most helpful aspect was the one-on-one sessions that we had.  We looked at my stories and really broke them out, and he helped articulate what was needed to make the story stronger.
Juliet
I took Kiyong’s pilot writing class this summer and it was one of the best investments I’ve made in a while. Not only did Kiyong give detailed and extensive notes, but he also checked-in between classes to make sure we were all on track.
David
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.
Omar
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.
Amisha
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.
Caitlin
Kiyong is friendly and hilarious, focused and professional, and he’s organized his class in a way that helps each writer succeed. Each class builds on the previous class, and each week’s homework assignment builds on each class session.
Sarah
WHAT YOU NEED All of the writing workshops are conducted online using video chats, so you’ll need a computer with a web cam and a good internet connection. You’ll also need Final Draft, Word, and Excel, or equivalent software. Because the workshop is online, location doesn’t matter. I’ve had students from LA, NY, San Francisco, Austin, Portland, Chicago, etc.


SITCOM SPEC WORKSHOP

The main reason to write a spec script these days is so you can apply to the different writing fellowships.  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 use when I write. We’ll go over everything from beginning to end, including picking what show to spec, pitching and writing loglines, writing a treatment, an outline, and then your draft. The goal is to have a new, polished spec ready to submit to contests and fellowships. During the class, I also help you prepare for the interview process for the fellowships. Each class will be around 2 – 3 hours long, depending on how many writers there are, and what we’re covering that week. 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 scripts. Each session, you’ll get feedback on your material from me, as well as from the rest of the group. I’ll also be giving written notes on your scripts, and we’ll also have periodic private 1 on 1 meetings to make sure you’re on track, and to discuss any specific issues you’re having with your script.

WHEN
The next 8 week workshop will start on Sunday, Apr 2, 5pm PST.
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COMEDY PILOT WORKSHOP

In addition to my spec workshop, I started an online pilot workshop. Pilots are essential in your portfolio. Many fellowships require them in the first or second round in addition to a spec, and you’ll need strong pilots to get an agent or manager. Here’s some of the stuff we’ll cover:

  • the concept of the show, and the story engine.
  • the main characters, and their relationships.
  • the world of the show.
  • tone and theme.
  • making sure the pilot sets up the whole series.

The workshop is conducted online through video chats, and will be 7 sessions long. Because pilots take longer to write than specs, the goal is to finish a solid outline, but many students finish a first draft. To give you extra time to work, some classes will meet every other week. Please check out the testimonials from former students. Students have gone on to place in the ABC Disney Writing Program, the WB Writers’ Workshop, the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Scriptapalooza, and the Austin Film Festival.

WHEN
The next workshop will start on Sunday, Feb 5 at 1 pm PST.

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Unfortunately, there are no more spaces available in the Comedy Pilot Workshop. The next workshop will be in the summer. Please sign up for the newsletter to get info on classes, discounts, and early registration.


 REWRITE WORKSHOP

This 4 week intensive workshop is for people who have a finished draft of a half hour spec or pilot script, and get it to the next level. We’ll review your story structure, dialogue, jokes, and theme. The next workshop will take place in the summer.


If you have any questions about any of the workshops, please email me at mr.kiyongkim@gmail.com.