Writers Studio

Barbara Abercrombie gives feedback to a student at the 2017 Writers Studio.

The 2018 Writers Studio will be held February 8-11, 2018.

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

“This was my first writing class since undergrad 20 years ago and it was the perfect jumping off point for me to begin my writing life.” Sarah Reese, Manzanita, Oregon

“It will wake you from your pathetically unproductive malaise and force you to do what you always threatened to do.” Brent Giannotta, Pasadena, California

“You will gain the courage to tell the story you were meant to tell.” Jamie Curtis, Powell, Ohio

Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the Writers Studio brings together a community of writing students to workshop with some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers. From among the 10 offered, participants choose one workshop in which they work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to no more than 15 people.

These courses will be offered:

Creative Writing Workshops
Kicking in the Wall with Barbara Abercrombie
Writing the Personal Essay with Antonia Crane
Writing your Memoir with Samantha Dunn
Writing Memorable Scenes for Fiction and Nonfiction with Billy Mernit
Writing your First Novel with Mark Sarvas
Conquering your Story and its Superstructure with Steven Wolfson

Screenwriting Workshops
Writing your First Feature Film with Jon Bernstein
Showrunners Bootcamp with Cynthia Hsiung
Creating the Television Pilot with Phil Kellard
Creating Powerful Scenes and Sequences for the Movies with Corey Mandell

Registration for the 2018 Writers Studio is now open. For more information: writers@uclaextension.edu or (310) 825-9415.


“I loved the compact intensity of 4 solid days. Although it is a big emotional investment, the concentrated work and togetherness could never be replicated in a weekly course.” Preston Fordstrom, San Francisco, California

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