Writers Studio

4-day 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 12 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
  • Classes limited to 15 people each
  • Coffee and light snacks throughout the Studio
  • Special guest speakers
  • Closing reception with light refreshments & wine

Sample Workshops

The workshops below were offered during our 2020 Writers Studio, which was presented February 27–March 1.

Creative Writing Workshops

Space is limited. Early enrollment strongly encouraged.

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 recommend the Writers Studio for its invaluable instructors, practical knowledge and connections to the current industry.” —Elliot Nelson Seidel, Melbourne, Australia

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.

"Being there creates a special kind of magic. Each year I look forward to doing it and deepening my craft, expanding my circle of friends, and learning new skills."  –Dubravka Pineda, Newport Beach, CA

Barbara Abercrombie

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 guests tentatively include memoirist Barbara Abercrombie, film agents Brant Rose and Toochis Morin, screenwriter Shari Goldhartz, Disney Vice President Tim McNeal, writer-director Nick Weiss, literary agent Nephele Tempest, and more.

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

Westwood Village

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. 

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    Thursday, February 27

    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.


    Opening reception


    Lunch break


    Friday, February 28

    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, February 29

    Book sale and guest speakers today!
    Lunch times may vary.

    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, March 1

    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


    “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


    “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


    “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


    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 27, 2020.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, including a Continental breakfast
    • Closing reception, including light refreshments and wine
    • 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

    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

    Contact the Writers' Program

    Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

    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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