Writers Studio

August 1 - 4, 2024 · 4-day In-Person, Intensive Workshops in Creative Writing & Screenwriting

Welcome to the Writers Studio

Writers Studio at UCLA Extension

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

Enjoy the following:

  • Opening reception with Continental breakfast
  • Prompts & exercises that launch new work
  • Daily guest speakers from the field
  • Each class is limited to15 students
  • A special book sale on Saturday
  • Coffee and light snacks throughout the Studio
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Workshop Dates
Thursday–Sunday, August 1 - 4, 2024

Daily Schedule
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Westwood Village


Save Your Seat!

To Register:
Select one workshop below. Enroll via the course page for your selected workshop.

Creative Writing Workshops

Space is limited. Early enrollment strongly encouraged.


The Writers Studio fee of $985 includes: 

  • Registration in one four-day workshop of your choice
  • Industry guest speakers daily 
  • A special book sale on Friday & Saturday
  • Coffee and light snacks available throughout the Studio
  • Opening and Closing Reception

A 10% discount is available for WP NOW members

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and each class is limited to 15 students.

Each workshop can be taken for three units of credit that may be applied to a Writers’ Program certificate.

To register, enroll via the course page of your selected workshop.

Thursday, August 1

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Registration, Opening reception at Lindbrook Center Rm. 204


Lunch break


Friday, August 2

Book sale today from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.




Lunch break


Saturday, August 3

Book sale today from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.




Lunch break


Sunday, August 4

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 



Lunch break


Closing Reception

Guest speakers daily. Lunch times may change slightly depending on the speaker's visit.


What you can expect:

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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. I have taken MANY classes; this class really just sank it for me.” Lindiwe Suttle Mueller, Berlin, Germany

a supportive community of writers

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

Cynthia Hsiung

Inspiring Guest Speakers

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.

“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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Great Location

The Writers Studio is 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. 

“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’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 UCLA Extension 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 will receive an email confirmation, and we will also email you the course welcome letter and syllabus.

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

Refund requests must be received no later than Monday, July 1, 2024. There is a $150 service charge for Studio refunds. To request a refund, call (310) 825-9971, or email refunds@uclaextension.edu.

There are so many valuable lessons: structure, character, development, insight into the business. It is non-stop value!

Stephanie Krikorian, Writers Studio Alum
East Hampton, NJ
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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. 

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