Writers Studio

February 24–27, 2022 · 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:

  • Special keynote speaker
  • Prompts & exercises that launch new work
  • Daily guest speakers from the field
  • Each class is limited to 15 students
  • Access to an exclusive online book sale

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 24-27, 2022

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.



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.


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

Tembi Locke

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 Keynote speaker is actor, screenwriter, producer, New York Times Bestselling Author, and Writers’ Program alumna Tembi Locke. Learn more about Tembi on her website.

“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

The Writers Studio fee of $788 includes: 

  • Registration in one four-day workshop of your choice
  • Special keynote presentation by actor, writer, and Writers' Program alumna Tembi Locke
  • Industry guest speakers daily 
  • Closing ceremony with networking opportunities 
  • Access to an exclusive online book sale 

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, February 24

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

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


Opening remarks 

Meet your instructor and classmates

Keynote Speaker: Tembi Locke



Lunch break


Friday, February 25

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 26

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


Sunday, February 27

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 Networking Event

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


“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 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 24, 2022. 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.


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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