Defeating Distraction: Creating a Writing Practice One Day Workshop


Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.

Remote Instruction
As few as 1 day

What you can learn.

  • Learn how to make writing a central part of your life, no matter how busy you are
  • Understand where writer’s block comes from and how to fix it
  • Get tips on how to fight procrastination and other roadblocks
  • Enjoy lectures, discussions, and writing prompts that fuel your creativity

About this course:

Whether you are writing a screenplay, short story, personal essay, or not even writing yet at all (but would like to!), the way to create and finish any project is through a consistent and committed writing practice. The regular discipline of writing can feel elusive and at times unattainable, but it can be done! In this course, students learn the fundamentals of creating a lasting writing practice as well as concrete tools to employ as defenses against procrastination and writer’s block. Class time will consist of lectures, in-class writing prompts, and exercises to build craft. Think of it as “Couch to 5K” personal training—but for writing. Rather than focusing on revising or improving a particular writing project, the class focuses solely on committing to the writing practice itself. All levels of writers are welcome.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Enrollment Closed
Saturday 10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Cole Kazdin
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The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program will be offering this one-day course for free in order to support students seeking remote learning opportunities during the developing COVID-19 situation. For more information about courses offered by the Writers’ Program, please visit

Internet access required.

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Sat Aug 8, 2020
10:00AM PDT - 1:00PM PDT

Contact Us

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