Writers Studio: Home Edition

Enrollment is now open for the 2021 Writers Studio, held February 18 – February 21, 2021. Scroll down below for all the offerings!

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 its signature 4-Day intensive workshop series to a safe, 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.

Each instructor hosts daily 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 guests tentatively include novelist Lisa Teasley, essayist Sejal Shah, screenwriter Iris Yamashita, entertainment journalist Lauren Gorski, Executive Producer and Writers Marc Guggenheim and Jennifer Yale, literary agent Betsy Amster, and more.


Here’s what some former Writers Studio participants have to say about their experience.

“As a novice, it has given me all the tools I need to get started. I feel, even after a day, I know enough to talk to industry people.” —Seppe Van Beneden, Antwerp, Belgium

“There are so many valuable lessons: structure, character, development, insight into the business. It is non-stop value!”  —Stephanie Krikorian, East Hampton, NJ

“It’s mind blowing and it makes you really want to commit to the craft of writing.” —Macarena Dominique Gardetti, Buenos Aires, Argentina


For more information: writers@uclaextension.edu or (310) 825-9415.

“I loved the compact intensity of 4 solid days. Although it is a big emotional investment, the concentrated work and togetherness could never be replicated in a weekly course.” —Preston Fordstrom, San Francisco, California


Creative Writing

Developmental Editing with Tobi Harper

Writing Your First Novel with Noel Alumit

Writing the Personal Essay with Amy Friedman

Writing Your Memoir with Antonia Crane

Storytelling for Live Audiences with Cole Kazdin

Structuring Your Story with Jeanne De Vita

Character and Conflict with Colette Sartor


Writing Your First Screenplay with Koji Steven Sakai

Writing Powerful Scenes for Movies and TV with Roberto Marinas

Creating the Half-Hour Television Pilot with Eric Abrams

Creating the One-Hour Television Pilot with Zac Hug

Showrunners Boot Camp with Cynthia Hsiung


“This was my first writing class since undergrad 20 years ago and it was the perfect jumping off point for me to begin my writing life.” —Sarah Reese, Manzanita, Oregon

“It will wake you from your pathetically unproductive malaise and force you to do what you always threatened to do.” —Brent Giannotta, Pasadena, California

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


Space is limited. Early enrollment strongly encouraged.


*Opening Remarks via Zoom today

*Guest speakers visit today! Lunch times may change slightly depending on the speaker’s

9:45 am – 9:55 am Opening Remarks by Director Charlie Jensen
9:55 am – 10:00 am Students prepare for remote instruction course
10:00 am  Workshops begin
6:00 pm Workshops end

Studio Day 2: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19
*Guest speakers visit today! Lunch times may change slightly depending on the speaker’s

10:00 am  Workshops begin
6:00 pm Workshops end

*Guest speakers visit today! Lunch times may change slightly depending on the speaker’s visit

10:00 am  Workshops begin
6:00 pm Workshops end

Studio Day 4: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21
*Guest speakers visit today! Lunch times may change slightly depending on the speaker’s

* Course evaluations due today. 

10:00 am  Workshops begin
3:00 pm Course Evaluation Forms Due
6:00 pm Workshops end



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 18, 2021. 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


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