The Writers’ Program is still accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Master Classes in Novel Writing, Feature Film Writing, and Half-Hour Comedy Pilot Writing. Designed for advanced students on the verge of producing professional quality work, the classes bring 8 students and a top-notch instructor together for 6 or 9 months. Throughout the course, your instructor and peers will help you re-envision, rewrite, and polish your novel or script so that it is in fighting shape for the market. As a bonus, at the culmination of the course, you receive feedback from a professional agent.


This year our classes are led by literary agent and editor Lisa Cron; screenwriter and story analyst Billy Mernit; and writer, director, and producer Phil Kellard. All three have developed a special curriculum specifically for advanced students, and will work closely with you for the duration of the course.


This year we will again be offering our Master Class in Novel Writing in the popular Online/Low-Residency format. Six months into the course, the eight students will meet in Westwood for four days of workshops, seminars, guest speakers, literary field trips, and camaraderie, all the while focusing on query letters and getting work out to agents. Our Feature Film Writing and Half-Hour Comedy Writing Master Classes take place either on campus or at a satellite location in Westwood Village.


Our Students Say it Best!

“Lisa’s lectures are a thrill to read, and her feedback is insightful and spot-on. Her enthusiasm for storytelling is wildly infectious, and I admire her ability to be honest and encouraging at the same time. She is funny, warm, passionate, knowledgeable, clear, attentive, and just so incredibly good at what she does. I’m constantly impressed by her.” – Former student of Lisa Cron, 2010

“He’s so experienced. So intelligent. No one sizes up a script faster or has more ideas about where to take it.” – Former Student of Billy Mernit, 2010

“Phil is knowledgeable and generous with info about the industry and he provided sound advice on structuring scripts. I would absolutely take another one of his classes.” – Former Student of Phil Kellard, 2010


Send the $50 application fee and your submission materials to the Writers’ Program by September 2 (for Feature Film Writing and Half-Hour Comedy Pilot Writing) or September 3 (for Novel Writing). Full application instructions, as well as course information, can be found here. Early application is encouraged!

Still have questions?

We know it’s a big commitment, and as always, our advisors are here to answer all of your questions. For advising about the Master Classes in Feature Film Writing and Half-Hour Comedy Writing, contact Jeff Bonnett at or 310-206-1542. We are here to help!

Katy Flaherty is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (Online) and Events. 

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