Whether you’re looking to be a screenwriter, a poet, or an author, Los Angeles has something for everyone. With literary talent in no short supply around LA, there are plenty of great writing classes to learn or hone in on your skills.
UCLA Extension Writer’s Program
Le Conte Ave and Westwood Blvd
UCLA has two very distinct writing departments, both which are excellent. The Writer’s Program at UCLA’s Extension boasts as being the “largest open-enrollment Creative Writing and Screenwriting Program in the Nation.” And rightly so. Hundreds of on-site and online courses are offered in a variety of writing genres and certificate programs. Writing competitions and script consultations with professional screenwriters are also available, as well as master classes and weekend seminars with agents and published authors. The instructors here are seasoned professionals as well, actively involved in the literary and entertainment communities. With over 250 instructors in the fields of screenwriting, fiction writing, nonfiction and poetry (plus the large variety of classes offered), this Writer’s Program is definitely the most comprehensive in town.
UCLA Extension – Journalism Program
The extension catalog describes the Journalism Program as being a “practical and reputable alternative to traditional J-school,” and the pitch holds true. High quality instruction abounds in print, media and broadcasting courses. Take one of Bill Bush’s classes—his endless enthusiasm and encouragement, combined with his expertise in the field, make him the perfect kind of teacher and mentor. Certificate Programs are available in Writing, Media Studies, or Spanish-Language Journalism. Classes are located at UCLA’s main campus and various locations throughout Los Angeles.
10445 Wilshire Blvd, #1201
Los Angeles, CA 90024
With multiple locations around Los Angeles, The Writing Pad offers a variety of different writing workshops for the aspiring writer or one that is looking to hone in on their skills. Featuring children and young-adult writing, creative writing and multi-genre, fiction/memoir/poetry, web writing, personal essays, playwriting, and screenwriting, The Writing Pad offers online classes as well as in-person workshops. Learn the best ways of writing your next memoir, a screenplay, or your next novel. The instructors here offer award-winning experience and knowledge to help you reach your goals.
Writing Workshops LA
Writing Workshops Los Angeles offers courses and one-on-one instructional workshops for those looking to hone in on their skills for all types of writing styles ranging from poetry to fiction and non-fiction. With workshops held at the home of instructors, you’ll learn everything from techniques of stories, character development, writing craft perspective, structure, language and more. All instructors hold degrees in writing from top universities as well as terrific experience that helps students of this writing workshop get the skills they need.
LA Writers Group
Offering creative writing workshops in LA since 2003, the LA Writers Group helps to inspire their students by providing creative writing workshops and writing groups with a focus on interactive discussion. Hiring a talented and trained group of leaders, instructors help writers with new projects as well as unfinished ones. With 8-week long writers groups, as well as additional classes, LA Writers Group focuses on novel writing, fiction writing, poetry, web writing and more.
– Liz Laing is a UCLA alumna, writer, Web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on LizLaing.com.