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It’s November and before you know it, the holidays will take over, and we all know what happens then–your writing gets pushed to the sidelines. Then, when the new year hits, you scramble to make up for lost time and lost momentum.  So, in anticipation of December’s holiday madness, why not plan ahead for the new year?  Register for a writing course now and enjoy the holidays knowing that your writing will be back on track before that last stale candy cane has been eaten.

The first two months of the new year is the best time to kick-start or re-start your writing goals and we have just the thing to help you out. The Writers Studio, which will be held from February 9-12, 2017, will allow you to fully immerse yourself in your craft. You’ll spend four days of uninterrupted writing, learning from one of 10 amazing instructors and getting valuable feedback and support from fellow writers.

Our Studio instructors are already fired up. Here’s what some of them have to say about why they love teaching at the Writers Studio:

Barbara AbercrombieBarbara AbercrombieCourage and Craft: A Writing Workshop to Jumpstart Your Creativity

“I love the kick-ass intensity of the Writers Studio. Four whole days with nothing to do but take your writing very, very seriously! There’s always a buzz of energy in the air and it’s amazing what can get written in four days. There’s also a camaraderie that develops very quickly and I think one of the most valuable aspects of the Studio is that writers, who work in such isolation most of the time, suddenly have a peer group — their own writers posse. And very often this is an ongoing thing over the years, they continue to support each other.”


Jon BernsteinWriting Your First Feature Film

“There is a certain creative momentum that happens when you work together four days in a row that is exciting to observe.  As the students gain deeper insights into their stories and learn more about the craft of screenwriting, trust is built, friendships are forged and creative breakthroughs are made.”

Samantha Dunn



Samantha DunnWriting the Memoir

 “There is so much I love about the Studio, it is hard to say just one thing, but… What I love maybe mostly is that it is an immersion experience–you leave behind your daily grind, come together with people who are total strangers, and leave four days later not only with an intense bonding experience that connects you profoundly to others, but with a new fluency in the craft of writing.”

Daniel M. JaffeMaking a Scene: Essential Elements

“I most enjoy the students’ boundless creativity and passion for writing, their willingness to experiment and open up to new ways of thinking about their work.  Thanks to the students, I always leave the Studio with renewed enthusiasm for my own writing.”

Phil KellardPhil KellardCreating the Half-Hour TV Pilot and Series

“For me teaching in the Writers’ Studio is great because of the intensity of the four days and the amount of work that can be accomplished.  Students can learn everything from structure to formatting to tips for writing dialogue and scenes and more.  They also leave with, not only a treatment, but an understanding of the business of writing because they get to have a Q and A with some television writing professionals.  I receive so many emails from my Writers’ Studio students weeks or months later telling me that they finished their scripts which all started with just an idea at the beginning of those four days.”

Richard ManningRichard Manning, Creating the 1-Hour TV Pilot and Series

“For both students and instructors, the Writers Studio is like speed chess — fast, thrilling, intense, and exhausting. I’m always amazed at how much gets DONE over a mere four days… how students can come in with a few intriguing but vague TV series ideas… and then, with the class’s help, refine and develop them into solid pitches as well as begin to break stories for their pilot episodes.  The best part is seeing students light up with enthusiasm when they’ve made creative breakthroughs.”

Mark SarvasWriting the First Novel

“I love the intimacy and intensity of the Writers Studio. Over four focused days, barriers and boundaries dissolve quickly and the work gets down to business fast. There’s nothing like watching someone walk out of my room a better writer after four days.”

Wolfson head shot resizedSteven WolfsonTrue Fiction: Writing Stories Inspired by Our Lives

“I am always blown away by the amount of writing Studio students get done in the four days. The Writers Studio is a very supportive environment for writers wherever they might be in their creative journey.  I’ve taught at the Studio for a number of years and have remained in touch with so many terrific writers.  Love it!”


The Writers Studio courses are now open for enrollment. The best part is that you get a 10% discount off regular Studio fees if you enroll before January 9th.

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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