Compliments from the Writers' Program

To support our writing community during the developing Covid-19 situation, the Writers’ Program has decided to offer a variety of one-day courses as FREE online seminars this summer quarter!

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Writing Poetry for Children with April Wayland

Learn how to write poetry for very young readers in this workshop for absolute beginners.
Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Crafting Survival Stories with Eileen Cronin

Turn singularly or globally catastrophic events into meaningful literature in this course that guides you through writing thoughtfully and sensitively about disasters.
Saturday, July 18, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Defeating Distraction: Creating A Writing Practice One-Day Workshop with Cole Kazdin

Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Storytelling Starter Kit with Cole Kazdin

Identify your own unforgettable personal story suitable for writing or performing before a live audience.
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Creative Writer’s Bootcamp: One Day Workshop with Lesley Hyatt

Snap to attention in this practical workshop that helps you craft develop a productive writing practice, complete with short-term plans for success.
Saturday, August 22, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

The Art & Craft of Creating a Compelling Logline with Diane Drake

Learn how to distill your feature-length screenplay into a punchy, provocative one-liner for pitches, competitions, and other professional contexts.
Saturday, August 29, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 12:00PM PDT

Translating Literature for Absolute Beginners with Elisa Wouk Almino

Learn to translate literature into English in this workshop designed for writers with even just a simple understanding of a foreign language.
Saturday, July 11, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Writing Character Descriptions with Roz Weisberg

Ensure your script’s characters rise above tropes and stereotypes by introducing them with thoughtful, meaningful details.
Saturday, July 18, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Writer Friendly Careers: Webinar

Hear from experts working in the Los Angeles editing and publishing field in this pre-recorded webinar covering professional development and career options.
May 23, 2020 – May 29, 2020
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Mining Memory: A One Day Poetry Workshop with Rachel Kann

Complete guiding writing exercises to help you on two new pieces of writing in this poetry workshop for absolute beginners.
Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Breaking through Writer’s Block with Laurence Rosenthal

Learn how writers survive writer’s block, procrastination, and rejection in this course covering brain science, creativity, and resilience.
Saturday, August 22, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Words & Pictures: Creative Writing from Visual Art with Nancy Spiller

Use works of visual art as your prompt for writing new work as you examine how published writers have used this technique in recent history.
Saturday, August 29, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

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