Every February, writers from around the globe convene in Westwood for the Writers Studio — four days of exploration, learning, and intense productivity. Students range in age, geographic location, and areas of interest, but the one thing they all have in common is an intense desire to improve their craft and a willingness to put “real life” on hold for a few days.

“I’ve attended the Writers Studio for two years in a row now, and it’s one of the most important gifts I give myself all year. It’s how I show my dreams that I honor them.” –Ana Maria Montoya

How does the Studio work, exactly? First, you pick one of 10 workshops (listed below) based on your goals and interests. In the fall, we send you the course syllabus and a welcome letter from your instructor, so you are ready to hit the ground running on day 1. Workshops range from Writing the First Novel and Writing the Memoir to Writing Your First Feature Film and Creating the 1-Hour TV Pilot and Series. And the instructors? Simply put, they are the best of the best—experts in their field and longtime Writers’ Program teachers to boot.

“The Writers Studio was the best thing I have done for my creative writing in YEARS.” – Victoria Denault

The 2016 lineup is especially fun and diverse, with a number of new courses including Writing Life Stories: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop; Making a Scene: Essential Elements; How to Have a Professional Writing Career: A Workshop for Authors and Screenwriters; and Creating Powerful Scenes.

“Imagine that the 4-days are spent packing a slingshot, the tension is pulled tight, and then at the end of the class you and your project are shot out into the world fully loaded with new ideas, skills and the forward momentum to carry you through many, many months ahead.” –Christine Tagawa

The Studio is a hothouse for creative productivity, and you might be surprised how much you can accomplish in four days surrounded by supportive peers and an expert teacher. It’s not unusual for students to come in with a vague project idea and emerge four days later with a fleshed-out story and outline.

“Being surrounded by a class full of people all trying to improve in such a short amount of time really pushed me to become a better writer.” -Marc Sallis

Without further ado, here is our full 2016 Writers Studio lineup:

Creative Writing Workshops

Barbara Abercrombie, Courage and Craft: A Writing Workshop to Jumpstart Your Creativity

Samantha Dunn, Writing the Memoir

Alison Singh Gee, Writing Life Stories: A Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Daniel M. Jaffe, Making a Scene: Essential Elements

Colette Sartor, Flash Fiction Workshop

Mark Sarvas, Writing the First Novel

Screenwriting Workshops

Jon Bernstein, Writing Your First Feature Film

Billy Mernit, Creating Powerful Scenes

Nancy Nigrosh, How to Have a Professional Writing Career: A Workshop for Authors and Screenwriters

Joel Thompson, Creating the 1-Hour TV Pilot and Series

Writers Studio enrollment begins soon, and advisors are here 5 days a week to help you find the best course for you and your writing goals. For more information, go here, call 310-825-9415, or email writers@uclaextension.edu for personalized advising.

Katy Flaherty is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (Onsite). Write to her at kflaherty@uclaextension.edu.

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