Welcome to the Writers Studio

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 10 workshops taught by professionals in the fields of feature film, television, fiction, and creative nonfiction writing.

Enjoy the following:

  • Opening reception
  • Prompts & exercises that launch new work
  • Classes limited to 15 people each
  • Coffee and light snacks throughout the Studio
  • Special guest speakers



The workshops for our 2024 Writers Studio have shifted to our Summer Quarter in 2024.  Please check back for details as we make updates.

Space is limited. Early enrollment is strongly encouraged. Enrollment opens on April 29, 2024.

Creative Writing Workshops

Creative Writing Bootcamp
INSTRUCTOR: Lesley Hyatt

Writing Your Book Proposal
INSTRUCTOR: Shawna Kenney

Literary Agent Query Prep for Writers
INSTRUCTOR: Eve Porinchak

Novel Writer’s Starter Kit
INSTRUCTOR: Wally Rudolph

Flash Fiction/Nonfiction
INSTRUCTOR: Sehba Sarwar

Screenwriting Workshops

Showrunners Boot Camp
INSTRUCTOR: Cynthia Hsiung

Pitching for Film & TV
INSTRUCTOR: Roberto Marinas

Comics and Graphic Novels/Memoirs

Writing the Feature Film Treatment
INSTRUCTOR: Koji Steven Sakai

Script Doctoring

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.

“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

Helpful resources:

Hotel Listings

Parking Options

Restaurants In Westwood

Resources Around Westwood


(Example from previous year, subject to change.)

Studio Day 1: THURSDAY

9:00 am – 9:45 am Registration, Opening reception at Lindbrook Center Rm. 204
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch break
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm Workshop

Studio Day 2: FRIDAY

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


Studio Day 3: SATURDAY

Book sale today from 12pm-5pm

10:00 am – 1:00 pm  Workshop
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Lunch break
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Workshop

Studio Day 4: SUNDAY

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




The Writers Studio is typically held at UCLA Extension in Westwood Village, a vibrant, unique community in West Los Angeles.

On a typical day, you can find college students, professionals, residents, and tourists wandering Westwood’s collection of stores, restaurants, and theaters. The weekends attract Angelenos from across the city for dining or entertainment.

Westwood Village is conveniently located near other well-known Los Angeles neighborhoods and cities including Bel Air, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and Santa Monica.


What Our Students Say:


“It was so much more than I had imagined it would be. It was affirming & uplifting; just the boost I needed to create better writing.” —Sarita Sidhu, Irvine, California

“Four days can feel like a big commitment of your time, but no moments are wasted and the days go by quickly because of the high level of engagement of the students.” – Liz McGlinchey King, Los Angeles, California

“I recommend the writers studio because of all the networking opportunities and the hands on experience.” – Ivan Valdes, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

“I recommend the Writers Studio because it offers the most comprehensive information, tools, insights for aspiring writers and creatives in the shortest amount of time. The knowledge I learned was truly invaluable and a master class in what it takes to become a successful writer.” – Eisen Yoon, Los Angeles, California




Is a tablet/laptop required to attend the classes?

Yes. Handouts and materials will be shared via Canvas, our online learning management system, so you will need to access the internet. Besides this, you will be doing a lot of writing in class.

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 the deadline listed on the individual course pages noted under “Details.” 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 calling the Registration Office 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:

  • Enrollment in one four-day workshop
  • Special guest speakers
  • Opening reception
  • Coffee and light snacks throughout the Studio, while supplies last
  • Book sale on Saturday

Items NOT covered by the course fees include:

  • Transportation to and from the Writers Studio
  • Parking
  • Lodging & additional meals
  • 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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