UCLA Extension

What is the Writers Studio?

  • 1 amazing professional writing instructor
  • 15 highly motivated students
  • 4 days of focus on your writing craft

Welcome to the UCLA Extension Writers Studio.

Instructor Dan Jaffe at the 2016 Writers STudio

Instructor Daniel M. Jaffe at the 2016 Writers Studio

Held from February 9-12, 2017 at the 1010 Westwood Center near UCLA, the Writers Studio is four full days carefully designed to elevate your writing to a whole new level.  Choose one workshop out of ten, and you and no more than 14 other students will work closely with a writing professional who will guide you through lectures, discussions, and writing exercises to help shape your work and make it the best it can be.

Imagine having uninterrupted writing time—without work, chores, loved ones or pets vying for your attention.  In just four days, you’ll make real progress on the novel, memoir, TV pilot or feature film script you’ve been working on for years, and you’ll go home with the tools you need to keep the momentum going.

Select one of the 10 workshops listed below, based on your writing goals and interests.  Soon thereafter, you’ll receive the course syllabus and a welcome letter from your instructor, so you can hit the ground running on Day One of the Studio.

Creative Writing Workshops:
Leon MartellWriting from Below the Neck: A Theatrical Approach to Creating Characters
Steven WolfsonTrue Fiction: Writing Stories Inspired by Our Lives
Samantha DunnWriting the Memoir
Barbara AbercrombieCourage and Craft: A Writing Workshop to Jumpstart Your Creativity
Mark SarvasWriting the First Novel
Daniel M. JaffeMaking a Scene: Essential Elements

Screenwriting Workshops:
Phil KellardCreating the Half-Hour TV Pilot and Series
Jon BernsteinWriting Your First Feature Film
Joel ThompsonCreating the 1-Hour TV Pilot and Series
Billy MernitCreating Powerful Scenes for Film and TV

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Instructor Steven Wolfson at the 2015 Writers Studio

Here’s what former Writers Studio participants have to say about their experience:

“I recommend the Writers Studio because you set an immersive, 4-day experience that allows for a concentrated period of learning and growth. It is hard to come out of it without a solid piece of work.” – Colleen Rigan (Los Angeles, CA)

“Gifted, warm and entertaining, [my instructor] brought the right balance of knowledge and interaction to the group environment of diverse writers at a range of skill levels.” – Candi Cross (Atlanta, GA)

“The Writers Studio workshops gives a supportive, positive environment that allows writers of all levels develop and flourish.” – David Bossert (Stevenson Ranch, CA)

“I would recommend the Writers Studio because you will get practical tools, techniques and confidence to hone your craft – no matter what stage you are at.” – Marlene Garcia (Woodland Hills, CA)

So what are you waiting for? Register for a Writers Studio course now!

To enroll in the Writers Studio click here.  For more information, call us at (310) 825-9415.

Nutschell Windsor is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (online) and Events. Contact her at (310) 794-1846 or nwindsor@uclaextension.edu.

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