Writers Studio

February 18–21, 2021 · 4-day Intensive Workshops in Creative Writing & Screenwriting

Welcome to the Writers Studio: Home Edition

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:

  • Prompts & exercises that launch new work
  • Industry guest speakers daily
  • Classes limited to 15 people each
  • Access to exclusive online book sale
  • Special keynote speaker
  • Virtual format—participate from the comfort of your home

Join Us Online

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In light of the ongoing and unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic, the Writers’ Program has moved its signature 4-day intensive workshop series to a fully online environment.

Workshop Dates
Thursday–Sunday, February 18-21, 2021

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

Virtual Format
Instruction will be conducted with a combination of 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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

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

Thursday, February 18

9:45 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.

9:55 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.


Opening remarks by Director Charlie Jensen

Students prepare for remote instruction course

Workshops begin

Workshops end

Friday, February 19

10:00 a.m.  

6:00 p.m.


Workshops begin

Workshops end

Saturday, February 20

10:00 a.m.  

6:00 p.m.


Workshops begin

Workshops end

Sunday, February 21

10:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


Workshops begin

Course evaluation forms due

Workshops end

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


“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 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 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.

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

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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