WGC Writing Room Intensive


Call for applications! Delegates of the TSC 2017 who register before Friday, March 24 will have the opportunity to apply to 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!


Friday, March 24 at 5pm EST.

Presented By

Ins Choi

Ins Choi

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.

Kevin White

Kevin White


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.

Key Requirements

In order to contribute effectively, participants will need to be familiar with the key characters and the overall series. The proposed stand-alone episode would take place mid-season.

Writers should have experience (either past or present) working on a television series as either a story coordinator, staff writer, story editor, producer, executive producer, creator and/or showrunner.

This intensive will be open to six participants/writers. You must be a registered TSC 2017 delegate and WGC member in good standing before you apply. The submissions will be juried, and selected participants will be announced Monday, April 10, 2017.


  • Must be a registered to attend the 2017 conference
  • Must be a WGC member in good standing
  • Must have experience (past or present) working in a Writers Room as either a story coordinator, staff writer, story editor, producer, executive producer, creator and/or showrunner
  • Must submit 1 TV series treatment/pilot
  • Must be familiar with the key characters and the overall series of KIM’S CONVENIENCE
  • Must be available attend the full day intensive on Thursday, April 20, 2017


Applicants are asked to include the following information in the form of a complete package:

  • Attach or include a link to a TV series treatment/pilot.
    Scripts may be sent as attachments, or links. Please ensure you provide passwords for script uploads (where applicable). Please note your application attachments should not exceed 10MB
  • Provide details on submitted TV series treatment/pilot (up to a maximum of 3 pages). Include synopsis, and development stage
  • Resume & Filmography: Include production year, length, and where projects have been screened
  • Short Bio (maximum 300 words)
  • Tell us how participating in this session will assist you in your professional development (maximum 300 words)


Applicants are asked to submit their package via email to Conference Producer, Kim Robinson at kim@torontoscreenwritingconference.com.

Participants will be notified of selection by Monday, April 10, 2017.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Conference Venue

Ritz-Carlton Toronto

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Strathcona Hotel

Sponsor Hotel

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