There’s something about a new year that’s exhilarating. Perhaps it’s the cool and crisp air. Maybe it’s the well-nourished body and mind. Or perhaps it’s just that a new year calls for new goals and a fresh routine. The athlete wants to run an extra mile and lift a little heavier; the dancer wants to twirl a little faster. For writers (yep, those complex little creatures), 2017 could mean new stories, a different writing routine, and a stronger discipline when it comes to honing their craft. Sound like you? Then look no further! There’s no better place to get those ideas on paper than in Writers’ Program workshops.

There’s still time to enroll in screenwriting and creative writing courses, onsite and online, during the winter quarter. What’s your story this new year? Here are some suggestions to help you write away:

Short Story

“I feel like there’s a renaissance going on in terms of the short story. The short story has a particular coil power, like an emotional battery that can store feelings and release them in a very unique way.” ~Adam Johnson

If you are a writer who wants to say a lot in a story but in as few words as possible, then choose one of these workshops.

Creative Writing Short Story with Adam Prince (Online)
Flash Forward: Writing Micro Fiction and Nonfiction with Mieke Eerkens (Online)
Introduction to Short Fiction Writing (Online)
Micro Fiction: A Course in the Really Short Story with Ian Wilson (Onsite)

Memoir and Personal Essay

Designed for writers who want to write and tell compelling narratives based on real life events, these creative nonfiction workshops will help you harness the memories, life-experiences, and compelling observations that you want to get onto the page.

Art of Memoir: A Weekend Workshop with Maureen Murdock (Onsite)
Creative Alchemy: Finding & Writing Life Stories with Harry Youtt and Judith Prager (Online)
Introduction to Writing the Memoir with Tom Fields-Meyer (Onsite)
Sojourns Through Memory: Writing Out of Your Life (Online)
Writer as a Witness to Life with liz gonzalez (Online)


Looking for poetic catharsis? Our intermediate poetry workshop focuses on creating work that emphasizes lyrical and innovative language, personal insight, and individual voice. The goal is to produce work that is ambitious and resonant.

Creative Writing: Poetry with Laurel Ann Bogen (Onsite)
Intermediate Poetry Workshop with Rick Bursky (Online)

Writing for Children

If you have an idea for a story children would love to read, Writing Picture Books investigates the fundamental craft skills used in creating picture books, including plot and structure, characterization, language, the role of illustration, and voice.

Introduction to Writing Picture Books with Terry Pierce (Online)
Writing Picture Books for Children with April Halprin Wayland (Onsite)


Need help writing consistently? Check out No Nonsense Writing where you learn six professional principles drawn from the instructor’s lengthy writing career. Through course assignments and class discussions, you cultivate the attitudes and practices proven to yield results in any writing form or genre.

No Nonsense Writing: Putting Professional Principles to Work with Lowell Cauffiel (Onsite)

The Winner Twins, award-winning and national bestselling authors, show you how simple it is to create a complex universe of your own. Learn how to structure complicated stories and timelines, create compelling characters with interesting back stories, overcome dreaded writer’s block, and successfully navigate the different paths to bringing your universe to life.

Creating Your Own Franchise: From Idea to Sale with the Winner Twins (Onsite)

Feature Film and Television

This course introduces a new way to get comfortable with the nuts and bolts of feature film writing and guides you to answer big, scary questions such as: “What should I write about? What should I say about it? How do I say it?”

Feature Film Essentials: Cutting the Intimidation & Confusion of Writing a Full-Length Script Down to Size with Michael Jann (Onsite)

Designed for writers with a solid grounding in feature film writing basics, this course, taught by a veteran studio story analyst, teaches you proven principles to clear the most important hurdles to your screenplay’s success.

Writing Your Feature Film from the Story Analyst’s POV with Kate Marciniak (Online)

Got a funny bone? Then this is the class for you. Taught by a successful writer and a seasoned improvisational player, this workshop introduces you to the basic principles of improv comedy performance and applies those principles to writing for television and film. The goal is to learn the basics of comedy sketch writing, and you leave the course with three completed sketches/scenes (each three-to-five pages).

Writing Funnier and Better Using Improv Comedy Techniques with Steve Mazur and Mark Steen (Onsite)

And that’s not all folks, so give us a call at 310-825-9415 or email us at and we’ll find the best course for you.

Ani Cooney is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Online) and Events. If you have any questions, contact him at 310-825-0107 or .

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