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 quarter!

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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

The Basics of Setting with Aatif Rashid

Focus on forging a vivid world in this one-day workshop exploring how to make your setting as vibrant as your characters.
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Both Sides of the Fence: Working With/As An Agent with Linda Camacho

Join agent Linda Camacho for a discussion on the relationship between literary agent and client. We begin with an introduction into book publishing and trends. Then we delve into both the agent and client perspectives, from…
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

All About (Killing) Eve with Joel Thompson

Take a deep dive into one of TV’s most critically acclaimed hits to unpack what makes it a well-written and powerful example of contemporary television.
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 10:00AM PST – 1:00PM PST

Nonfiction 101 with Roberta Wax

Get an overview of opportunities to write and publish nonfiction in this course designed for beginners new to the genre.
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00AM PST – 1:00PM PST

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

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.

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Crafting Survival Stories: One Day Workshop 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, October 10, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Writing Compelling Movie Scenes with Michael Weiss

Learn how screenwriters write for maximum impact by analyzing powerful scenes from movies, taking them apart, and learning what makes them tick.
Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10:00AM PDT – 1:00PM PDT

Showrunners and Show Writers with Ed Scharlach

Hear directly from successful TV writers and creators in this course that demystifies the industry and how to break in and stay in.
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00AM PST – 1:00PM PST

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