Yes, we’re fully aware that it’s still summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about fall. In fact, fall registration opens next week on July 27, and to whet your appetite, here are just some of the exciting writing courses we’ll be offering.

Screenwriting Courses:

For the most part, writing is a solitary activity, so for screenwriters, collaborating and writing with a partner can be an excellent career decision. If you’re not sure how to go about finding a suitable partner to write with, Collaborating Your Way to Success with David Weissman and David Diamond is the class for you. See your idea and story from the perspective of your creative partner before you put pen to paper.

Rewriting a pilot is painful, but it’s a necessary process in order to chip away at the mess and find the core remains of your story. In TV Pilot Rewriting with a TV Lit Manager, you’ll receive advice and critiques from television literary manager Zadoc Angell’s point of view. Learn how to rewrite your material and have it manager/agent ready by the end of the class.

If you’re more of a 1-day refresher-course type, Showrunners and Show Writers with Ed Scharlach is one you shouldn’t miss. A panel of current TV show writer-producers describe their paths to success, and you participate in direct conversation with the producers throughout the session. Bring bios and script samples to be distributed to panel members. Past notable panelists have included Larry David, Aaron Sorkin, Jenji Kohan, Larry Wilmore, Steve Levitan, Doug Ellin, Chuck Lorre, and more.

If the Master Class in Feature Film Writing was off limits because you live outside of LA, we bear good news. The Master Class in Feature Film Writing (Online/Low Residency) with Jim Staahl will be offered in the fall. Now, you can hash out your screenplay on the other side of the world without having to worry about missing class. That’s what we call a win-win situation.

Creative Writing Courses:

You hear it all the time: What’s your voice? Yes, it’s important to know your “voice” as a writer, but are you having a hard time channeling and shaping it? Why not let Ryan McIlvain help in his 6-week course, Finding Your Voice? In this beginner’s course, you explore the basics of the three major genres–fiction, nonfiction, and poetry–reading and practicing within those areas of expression to help you find the modes that best fit your story and your voice.

With more women celebrities – actors, writers, and directors – addressing gender inequality in the industry, there’s a growing need to prepare women to compete in the professional writing arena. Nancy Nigrosh’s Neutralizing the “Mathilda Effect”: How Women Writers Can Forge Successful Writing Careers is the perfect class to help you pave the way by learning how to level the professional playing field and engage in it actively, decisively, and successfully.

Travel Writing is becoming a “thing,” since it offers writers the flexibility to travel the world instead of having to succumb to a 9-5 office job. Mieke Eerkens will teach Travel Writing as Literary Art Form (Online), and send you off with a polished travel essay and the ability to generate future material. Who knows? Perhaps a year from now, you’ll be typing away in a luxury resort in Europe. A writer can dream and make it happen.

Attention all advanced memoirists! We’ll be offering Memoir Writing: Advanced Workshop (Online) with Shawna Kenney, but remember that you’ll need permission to enroll. Find applications for all our advanced course options beginning July 27th.

If you have any questions about our fall offerings, call us at 310-825-9415 and ask to speak with a screenwriting or creative writing advisor. You can also email us at Looking forward to an productive fall quarter!

Phoebe Lim is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Online) and Events. Contact her at 310-825-0107 or

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