Speed Dating in the Writers’ Room

That’s what it felt like today (10/16/13).

The first day of the writers accelerator program. 12 scripts, 11 writers, one room. From nine in the morning to six at night, we sat around a large conference table discussing our projects, and sharing our own notes of what we liked, what didn’t work, and some suggestions to enrich our stories.

Photo taken by an extremely gifted writer/great human being named Josh Kim

Photo taken by an extremely gifted writer/great human being named Josh Kim

 

It was an amazing experience, because it truly felt like a real writing room, where we got to not be precious about our writing. This meaning that we had to let people see our craft, and be open to take hits from various points of views. At times, it was brutal, but as a writer, it’s necessary.

Personally, as one of the few comedy writers (there’s 2 of us out the 12), it was great to get feedback from people like Jason Lau and Chris McKinney. Some of the notes I received that really stuck was that my story tiptoed the line of being misogynistic. Some of the other women in the room didn’t find it offensive. Chris told me to go “balls out.” I wouldn’t expect anything less of the author of The Tattoo.

Michael at the helm. None of this could be done without him

Michael at the helm. None of this could be done without him

The Modern Honolulu have been just treating us really well, it feels like a writers conference where we just groupthink and eat room service all day long. It’s pretty sweet. Roast beef sandwiches on ciabatta and some iced tea.

After the session, we relaxed outside in the outdoor lounge where the reception took place — we got to talk more about our story, career goals, things we want to see in each other’s script. Michael then added all of our script reports to a Dropbox folder, and I got to see the written notes by the other writers on my script. They were really helpful, and I got a good sense of what the other writers wanted out of my script.

Tomorrow, I look forward to hanging out in our closer groups with our coach Dennis Leoni.

Maurise M getting some writing done while everyone else loads up on iced tea

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