WGC Writing Room Intensive
WGC WRITING ROOM INTENSIVE WITH INS CHOI AND KEVIN WHITE
Eight participants will join Ins Choi and Kevin White, co-creators of CBC’s KIM’S CONVENIENCE, in a Mock Writers Room Intensive on Thursday, April 20, from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Participants will then join Ins and Kevin on stage at the conference for a special session on Saturday, April 22, 2017, where the team will finish breaking their episode and present their ideas to the audience at the TSC – exploring the process of breaking story in the room. This opportunity gives participants the opportunity to work with two of Canada’s top show creators.
Co-Creator/Writer/Executive Producer, KIM'S CONVENIENCE
Ins Choi was born in Korea, grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 children. The stage play, KIM’S CONVENIENCE, debuted at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival before opening Soulpepper’ Theatre Company’s 2012 season. Since then it has toured to eleven Canadian cities and will be in New York this July. Ins is a co-creator, a writer and an executive producer for the tv show KIM’S CONVENIENCE.
Co-Creator, KIM'S CONVENIENCE
Kevin White is a writer and showrunner who has worked on some of Canada’s top scripted comedies including THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES and CORNER GAS. Currently he is a co-creator with Ins Choi of KIM’S CONVENIENCE based on Choi’s award-winning play. In addition Kevin’s been a writer and executive producer on SCHITT’S CREEK which last year won him a Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series. He was also an executive producer and co-creator of CBC’s INSECURITY and CTV’s DAN FOR MAYOR.
About the Show
KIM’S CONVENIENCE is the funny, heartfelt story of The Kims, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto. Mr. and Mrs. Kim (‘Appa’ and ‘Umma’) immigrated to Toronto in the 80’s to set up shop near Regent Park and had two kids, Jung and Janet who are now young adults. However, when Jung was 16, he and Appa had a major falling out involving a physical fight, stolen money and Jung leaving home. Father and son have been estranged since.
Now, Appa and Umma run the store along with Janet who is studying photography at art school. Meanwhile Jung, who secretly stays in contact with Umma and Janet, is trying to turn his life around and recently landed a job at a car rental agency. The world of KIM’S CONVENIENCE is real, colourful and urban – a diverse landscape of people and places and at the heart is the Kim family and their store. While the family continues to work and live, finding humour in the everyday tasks of running the store, they long for the day when the rift between Appa and Jung is mended and the family is whole once again.
The series stars Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as Appa, Jean Yoon as Umma, Simu Liu as Jung, Andrea Bang as Janet, and Andrew Phung as Kimchee. KIM’S CONVENIENCE is based on the award-winning play by Ins Choi, who also adapted it for television. Kevin White serves as showrunner, and co-created the series with Choi, who both hold executive producer credits along with Ivan Fecan and Albert Schultz.
About the Intensive
The goal of the intensive is to give six participants the chance to break story in the room with series co-creators, Ins Choi and Kevin White. Participants will work together in the mock writing room to create the basic elements for a mid-season stand-alone episode of the series, one where the full cast are involved.
2017 WGC Intensive Participants
Amy Cole has written for many of Canada’s best animated and live-action children’s television series, including ODD SQUAD, ANNEDROIDS, GROJBAND, NUMB CHUCKS, OH NO! IT’S AN ALIEN INVASION, and MY BIG BIG FRIEND. Most recently, Amy was a writer and producer on Season IV of BAFTA Award-winning series THE NEXT STEP, and Seasons I and II of LOST AND FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS, currently airing on Netflix. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Program in 2012, Amy is also a founding member of Juno Award-nominated indie rock group The Rural Alberta Advantage.
Derek Robertson honed his comedic voice through hustling for stage time at comedy clubs, dive bars, one horribly awkward Mexican restaurant gig, and the saddest open mics across Canada and the United States.
Currently Derek is in the midst of working as the Story Editor on season 3 of the Syfy/Space original series KILLJOYS. Previously he has served as Script Coordinator on HBO’s upcoming miniseries LEWIS AND CLARK, season 2 of the Syfy/Space original series KILLJOYS, the Reelz/Bravo mini-series AFTER CAMELOT, and FreeForm’s upcoming series THE BOLD TYPE.
Derek would like to think you recognize him from a brief appearance on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, but more likely it’s from his reoccurring role as overly chatty passenger you rode with once in an uberPOOL.
Elize has often written for children, which sometimes includes making jokes about exploding burps. This includes the preschool series OLLIE: THE BOY WHO BECAME WHAT HE ATE!, PLAYDATE, and RUSTY RIVETS. She wrote digital episodes of the comedy series BAGEL & BECKY. She was a story consultant and writer for the upcoming girls action series MYSTICONS.
She created and produced two digital comedy series, PRETTY IN GEEK and THE GATE. Elize wrote for the CSA-winning convergent project GROJBAND: THE SHOW MUST GO ON.
Elize has an MA in Popular Culture and is a graduate of the CFC’s Prime Time Television Writing Program.
Gillian Muller is a graduate of Ryerson Film Studies and the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. In 2013, she wrote the pilot ‘Dirty Love’ for Pipestone Pictures and showran the webseries ‘Redemption’ for Random Bench co-founder, Liz Levine. Her feature script, HITCHHIKING IN SALDANHA was shortlisted by the Praxis Screenplay Competition in 2013 and the ScreenCraft Fellowship Competition in 2014. Gillian finished the Second City’s Sketch Writing and Improv program. In 2014, Gillian was a resident of the CFC Primetime TV program under the show-runner Brad Wright (STARGATE), their show, TRAVELERS, airs internationally on Netflix. Most recently, Gillian was the assistant to the showrunners Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, on the final season of CBC’s X COMPANY.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Jennifer Siddle is now a Vancouver-based television writer. In 2012, she co-wrote the book to CAPSLOCK: The Musical for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. It went on to win “Pick of the Fringe.” That same year, she got her big break into television when she joined the writing staff of the hit tween sitcom, MR. YOUNG (YTV/Disney XD). Most recently, Jenny was a staff writer/story editor on all three seasons of the YTV/Netflix sitcom, SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Jenny is a Leo nominated writer, and has twice been a finalist for a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award. When she’s not in a writers’ room, Jenny is a screenwriting instructor at the Vancouver Film School.
Lisa Rose Snow
Lisa Rose Snow is an award-winning filmmaker and performer who was raised by the ocean and now resides in Toronto. Her short films TWO PENNY ROAD KILL (Best Canadian Short – Silver Wave Film Festival, CBC Short Film Face Off finalist), WHEN FISH FLY (Audience Choice Best of Fest – San Jose Short Film Festival, National Screen Institute Drama Prize), and AGE OF REASON (Joey Award – Best Young Actress) have screened at festivals on four continents. Her latest short, the bravoFACTUAL documentary MEET MAURICE CROSBY, is just beginning its festival run.
Since graduating from the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers’ Lab and participating in the Reykjavik Film Festival’s Talent Lab, she has been busy working in television writing rooms on FRONTIER (Netflix), TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (ABC), and LITTLE DOG (CBC). Snow is currently co-writing an episode of THE STONE DIARIES which is in development with HalFire Entertainment, and working on developing two of her own series – TONGUES and OVER EASY.
In 2013, Snow won a Wave Award during WIFT Atlantic’s ‘Women Making Waves Conference’, the first time this award has ever been given to an emerging artist. She’s passionate about championing women and underrepresented voices on screen, and has been honoured to mentor under Sherry White, Tassie Cameron, Michelle Lovretta, and Thom Fitzgerald.
Marcia Johnson branched out from acting into writing with the help of play festivals: You Look Great Too (Rhubarb!/Buddies in Bad Times Theatre – 1995) and Perfect on Paper (Toronto Fringe – 2001).
Perfect on Paper was commissioned by CBC Radio (finalist, New York Festivals) where Marcia was also commissioned to write an original radio drama, Say Ginger Ale which was a Toronto Screenwriter Awards finalist . She later adapted it for theatre (SummerWorks – 2010).
Other plays include Binti’s Journey (based on ‘The Heaven Shop’/ Deborah Ellis – Theatre Direct Canada, Black Theatre Workshop, Young Peoples Theatre and Manitoba Theatre for Young People), published in the collection Things That Go Bump, Volume 1: Plays for Young Adults, Signature Editions; Courting Johanna (adapted from Alice Munro’s ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’ – Blyth Festival), published by Scirocco Drama; and Late (Obsidian Theatre Company).
Opera collaborations include My Mother’s Ring (Tapestry, Dora nomination) and an adaptation of Paradises Lost by Ursula K. Le Guin (Krannert Center, University of Illinois) both with composer Stephen A. Taylor).
Other accomplishments include Ontario Arts Council Playwright in Residence for Roseneath Theatre and Blyth Festival Theatre as well as being in playwright development groups with Obsidian Theatre Company, Theatre Passe Muraille and Tapestry New Opera (Composer-Librettist Laboratory). She is also one of the curators of the weekly Toronto Cold Read Series.
Still acting, Marcia is thrilled to have a role in the first episode of the upcoming series, AMERICAN GODS.
Marcia Johnson is Vice-President of Women Playwrights International.
Richard Clark has worked extensively as a screenwriter and story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on CBC, CTV, the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award and a WGC Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award.
Richard has also written five middle grade chapter books and an interactive book app for kids, and he has taught screenwriting at Humber College and Sheridan College.
Richard lives in Toronto with his wife and their 10-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.
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