Welcome to the Writers Studio: Home Edition

To ensure the health and safety of our students, instructors, and staff in the light of the ongoing and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, the Writers’ Program has moved this signature intensive workshop series to a fully online environment combining Zoom-based meetings, offline independent work time, small group activities, and other approaches to learning. The conference also features daily guest speakers and a keynote presentation by an industry professional of note.


Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the Writers Studio brings together a community of writing students to workshop with some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers.

Perfect for aspiring writers who have never taken a workshop, or experienced writers looking for new inspiration, the Writers Studio will spark new ideas, new energy, and a commitment to writing that lasts.

Jumpstart your creativity and fast-forward your screenwriting and creative writing skills. Choose from one of 12 workshops taught by professionals in the fields of feature film, television, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing.

Enjoy the following:

  • Opening reception with keynote speaker
  • Prompts & exercises that launch new work
  • Classes limited to 15 students
  • Special keynote speaker
  • Daily guest speakers from the field
  • Access to an exclusive online book sale


The workshops below will be offered during our 2022 Writers Studio, which will run from February 24-27, 2022.

Space is limited. Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. Click any of the titles below to go to the course page.

Creative Writing Workshops

Character and Conflict
INSTRUCTOR: Colette Sartor

Writing Your Memoir
INSTRUCTOR: Liz Stephens

Writing the Personal Essay
INSTRUCTOR: Amy Friedman

Writing Your First Novel

Storytelling for Live Audiences

Structuring Your Story
INSTRUCTOR: Jeanne De Vita

Developmental Editing

Screenwriting Workshops

Creating the Half-Hour Television Pilot

Creating the One-Hour Television Pilot

Writing Your First Feature Film

Writing Powerful Scenes for Movies and TV
INSTRUCTOR: Roberto Marinas

Showrunners Bootcamp
INSTRUCTOR: Cynthia Hsiung

What you can expect:


Learn from Real Writers

Writers Studio workshops are led by top Writers’ Program instructors, all of whom are successful writers with flourishing careers. Under their guidance, advice, encouragement, and support, students learn essential writing techniques and develop habits that can be sustained over a lifetime of writing.

“I now feel so confident in the flow of my pilot and the way forward to structure all stories. And I have taken MANY classes, this class really just sank it for me.”
—Lindiwe Suttle Mueller- Westernhagen, Berlin, Germany

A Supportive Community

The Writers Studio attracts participants from around the country who are passionate about honing their craft. For many students, friendships that develop at the Writers Studio continue long after class ends.

“The Writers Studio is a safe and exciting place to share and write with professionals that truly have worked on the craft of writing.”
—Beth Marshdoyle, Boston MA

Inspiring Guest Speakers

Each instructor hosts at least two guest speakers during the Writers Studio. These working professionals round out your course with practical advice for building a thriving writing life and effective tips for building a successful career.

This year’s Keynote speaker is actor, screenwriter, producer, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Writers’ Program alumna Tembi Locke. You can read more about Tembi here.

“I recommend Writer’s Studio because, as far as I know, there is no other place where you can direct connect with industry professionals that want to share their expertise with you.”
 —Karen Nussbaumer, South Salem, New York

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9:00 am – 9:15 am PT Opening Remarks
9:15 am – 9:45 am PT Meet your instructor and classmates
9:45 am – 10:45 am PT Keynote Speaker: Tembi Locke
10:45 am – 11:00 am PT Break
11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT Lunch break
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT Workshop

Studio Day 2: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25

10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT Lunch break
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT Workshop



10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT Lunch break
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT Workshop

Studio Day 4: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27

10:00 am – 1:00 pm PT Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT Lunch break
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT Workshop
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm PT Closing Networking Event


What Our Students Say:


“It’s amazing how well and how much the Writers Studio teaches you in just four days. In the time-crunched world, it feels like a fresh breath of air..” —Bridgette Ramirez, West Covina, California

“At the Writers Studio you will make great connections and learn from terrific leaders in the industry.” —Hannah Grillot, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

”I learned so much in only four days, and am now ready to write my TV pilot. If you need a fast, condensed startup to screenwriting, Writers Studio is the place to do it.” —Sarah Hawkins, Los Angeles, CA

“I recommend the Writers Studio because it gives unparalleled access to professional guidance.” —Davy Giorgi, Vancouver, BC, Canada




I enrolled in a Writers Studio workshop but am unable to attend. How do I request a refund?

Refund requests must be received by mail or by phone no later than Monday, January 14, 2022. There is a $150 service charge for Studio refunds. To request a refund, call (310) 825-9971, or email refunds@uclaextension.edu.

I’ve enrolled in a Writers Studio workshop but would like to transfer to another section. Is that possible?

You can transfer your enrollment by emailing the Registration Office at enroll@uclaextension.edu or by calling them at (310) 825-9971, provided that spaces are available in the workshop in which you’d like to enroll. Please note that there is a transfer fee of $120. Once you transfer your enrollment, you’ll receive an email confirmation, and we’ll email you the course welcome letter and syllabus.

What do my Writers Studio fees cover?

Your Writers Studio fees cover:

  • Registration in one 4-day workshop
  • Special keynote speaker
  • Industry guest speakers daily
  • Access to an exclusive book sale online

Items NOT covered by the course fees include:

  • Textbooks or writing supplies
  • Anything else not listed as covered above

About the Writers' Program:

The Writers’ Program is one of the most prestigious creative writing and screenwriting continuing education programs in the nation.

Our courses, programs of study, and services can help every writer go from concept to completion. Working under the guidance of successful writers in a group of supportive peers, students move through courses designed to invigorate writing skills and expand creativity. Because we work with writers at every point in their development, there’s a place for you in our community.


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“You will gain the courage to tell the story you were meant to tell.” —Jamie Curtis, Writers Studio Alum – Powell, OH


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