“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein,” said sportswriter Red Smith.

As we all know, writing can be a very intense process that requires nothing less than your blood, sweat and tears. To make matters more difficult, some of us don’t have the time and commitment-power to stay on track.

If this sounds like you, and you need to give your writing muscles a workout, then the Writers Studio is the place to be! The Studio courses are four-day intensive workshops held here in Westwood Village from February 10 – 13. There are ten workshops to choose from: five in creative writing, five in screenwriting. How is this different from our normal course-fare throughout the year? Three words.

Bootcamp. Intensive. Hands-on.

Do those words appeal to you? If you need to hunker down and get a full serving of writing inspiration in a short amount of time to help you with your novel, screenplay, short story, personal essay, memoir, or sitcom idea, you’ve come to the right place.

This year’s line-up includes ten outstanding Writers’ Program instructors. There’s Dan Jaffe, Gayle Brandeis, Lisa Cron, and Kim Krizan. We also have two husband and wife screenwriting teaching-teams this year – Keith Giglio and Juliet Giglio will teach Writing the R-Rated Comedy, and David Chambers and Julie Chambers will teach Writing the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot. Veteran-instructors Barbara Abercrombie and Samantha Dunn return to teach Personal Essay and Memoir, respectively.

Instructor Chris Webb will teach a brand new course this year, Creating the Screenplay Story and Outline: The Screenwriter’s First Step. In our recent interview with Chris, he explained that in his course, “Students will be asked to work up their stories in several different ways – telling it from the hero’s point of view as well as from the villain’s. Students will talk their story through over and over again. At night, they’ll go back home and write. By the end of the four days, they’ll have an outline that can be painlessly written into a screenplay.” To read the full interview with Chris Webb, go here.

Back for the third year in a row, Corey Mandell will be teaching his popular course Creating Powerful Scenes and Sequences for the Movies. When asked how his Studio course differs from his usual screenwriting courses, Corey responded: “What makes this class different is the ability to slow down and really focus on scenes and what’s required to be able to succeed at the scene level. And we have the time and focus to explore specific tools and techniques that can raise everyone’s game in writing professional-level scenes.”

Your mission, my friends, is to choose one workshop out of the ten. You’ll attend the same workshop throughout the entire four days; meet some like-minded writers and make new friends along the way; and enjoy a guest speaker, kick-off breakfast, and wrap party to boot.

To view a complete list of Writers Studio 2011 courses, click here. Please note that some courses are full with a waitlist. To discuss course availability, call us at (310) 825-9415.

Westwood Village, ho!

Sara Bond is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Online) and Events.

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