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Writing Pad

Writing Pad

Professional
Downtown, Los Angeles, California
(34 Reviews)

Writing Pad classes aren’t stuffy. They’re pampering, relaxing and inspiring. At each class you can expect:

  • Top-notch instructors who are experienced writers with a passion for teaching.
  • Decadent, gourmet tasting plates and/or desserts.
  • A safe, playful writing environment to help you fearlessly channel your creativity.
  • Small classes (12 students max) held in a comfy, modern space.
  • A fun, intellectual vibe infused with the spirit of a cocktail party/creativity spa.
Philosophy

A writing class shouldn’t be boring or annihilate your ego! All Writing Pad classes are flavored by the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method. The AWA method establishes a safe, respectful writing space and encourages spontaneous writing exercises (e.g., timed writing to a prompt). If a student decides to read what he’s written in class (reading is not mandatory), the group will only respond with what they like and remember. If a student brings in writing he’s worked on outside of class, he’ll receive balanced feedback.

This method was developed in response to the traditional writing seminar where students bring in manuscripts for harsh critique, often leaving class feeling blocked and discouraged. In contrast, the AWA method blends improvisational writing and a safe, supportive environment to produce richer, more innovative writing in students.

Class Structure

Every class has a different balance of in-class writing, craft talks, and workshopping. Classes typically run for two and a half hours and include brief social breaks accompanied by assorted teas, gourmet tasting plates, and/or dessert.

Reviews of Writing Pad

(34 Reviews)
Podcasting: Start Your Podcast

9/14/2019
Jennifer W.

Attended: Podcasting: Start Your Podcast


It was very informative and Anna Scott was a great instructor. I learned a ton and can't wait to start my podcast.

Memoir I: Memorable Memoir Workshop

8/3/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Memoir I: Memorable Memoir Workshop


Love it! Learned so much!

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

6/24/2019
Anonymous

Attended: NY Times Worthy Personal Essay


An amazing class - really got a lot out of it. One note - the last class is a 20 minute 1:1 with the teacher. I would've liked to have a longer 1:1 session but I was able to develop my Personal Essay skills exponentially in a matter of a few weeks.

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

6/19/2019
Ann D.

Attended: NY Times Worthy Personal Essay


She is great! Good content, Process and outcomes. Highly recommend!

TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar

5/20/2019
Brionna T.

Attended: TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar


Overall great class. Learned so much in such a brief amount of time. I would’ve loved to learn more about log lines, and an example of a pitch. Overall, amazing experience. I’ve already signed up for additional classes.

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

4/10/2019
Anonymous

Attended: NY Times Worthy Personal Essay


Great environment. The last class what a short one on one with the instructor to get notes on your essay. This was awesome, and very helpful. But I did feel a little let down because your last class was those 20 or so minutes, rather than a three hour session. Maybe my expectations weren't quite in alignment and I would have felt differently if I expected this from the beginning. But overall, I learned a lot in the class and would recommend it to others who want to tell a personal story and learn how to pitch it for publication.

Memoir 101

9/16/2018
Robyn H.

Attended: Memoir 101


Enjoyed the class very much and thought the teacher was great. I would definitely do another class with Brett.

TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Brad G

Attended: TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop


I've taken several classes with Writing Pad. I've taken classes with showrunners (Nastaran Dibai, Joey Gutierrez, and Michael Saltzman, ) and worked on outlines and drafts, and then taken a couple of comedy revision classes, both great. The one with Craig Gerard was useful, fun, and the class really bonded. The one with Todd Waldman I liked because he has a development background as well to give another angle. I especially liked that he encouraged people to bring back work if they could to revisit the changes that had been suggested in other classes. I found the instructors here bring real world experience and give great notes and suggestions. It's also helpful to hear what other writers have to say. It's definitely a place where you benefit from the community as well as the instructors. I took an essay class with Christopher Noxon, who is fantastic as well - I really want to take his illustrated journal class. Marilyn and Jeff really work at creating a community, and getting great people in. I've read a couple of the negative reviews, and it sounds like people had an expectation about what they'd get, but for me I've learned from every class I've had. The few people who seem dissatisfied/disinterested in the classes are the ones who don't show up for anyone else, have their stuff read and leave, and don't participate unless it involves their stuff - that's been what I've seen in taking several classes.

TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Sasha F

Attended: TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop


The writing pad offers a fantastic variety of writing classes. It's run by a very nice and helpful couple who would always make you feel at home and your concerns heard. I continuously take classes at the writing pad, because they're awesome!

TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Matthew L

Attended: TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop


I've taken classes from both Lauren and Steph and both were exceptional teachers, offering constructive criticism without seeming harsh or patronizing (something you might get from published authors). The people who run this take a real interest in seeing writers grow. They listen to their students and do their best to make the space comfortable. They have snacks.

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688 S Santa Fe Ave #312, Los Angeles, California 90021
Writing Pad
Downtown, Downtown/Northeast
688 S Santa Fe Ave #312
Btwn E 7th & Jesse Streets
Los Angeles, California 90021

Upcoming Classes at Writing Pad

Publishing Short Stories 101
Publishing Short Stories 101
Next start date:

Saturday Oct 19th, 10:30am - 1:30pm

TV Structure for Pilot Writing
TV Structure for Pilot Writing
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 20th, 6pm - 9pm

Novel I: Intro to Novel Writing Workshop
Novel I: Intro to Novel Writing Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 20th, 6pm - 9pm

TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar
TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 20th, 6pm - 9pm

Short Story 1: Short Story Workshop
Short Story 1: Short Story Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 27th, 2pm - 5pm

Scene Writing Workshop
Scene Writing Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Oct 27th, 2pm - 5pm

TV I: TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop
TV I: TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 29th, 7pm - 10pm

TV II: TV Comedy Draft Writing
TV II: TV Comedy Draft Writing
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Saturday Nov 2nd, 2:30pm - 6pm

TV Comedy 101
TV Comedy 101
Next start date:

Sunday Nov 3rd, 2pm - 5pm

Podcasting: Start Your Podcast
Podcasting: Start Your Podcast
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 5th, 7pm - 10pm

TV Drama I: TV Drama Pilot Workshop
TV Drama I: TV Drama Pilot Workshop
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 30th, 7pm - 10pm

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
Next start date:

Thursday Nov 7th, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

TV I: TV Pilot Workshop
TV I: TV Pilot Workshop
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Monday Oct 21st, 7pm - 10pm

Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting Workshop
Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Nov 4th, 7pm - 10pm

TV II: TV Draft Writing
TV II: TV Draft Writing
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Saturday Nov 9th, 2pm - 5:30pm

TV Writer's Room Workshop
TV Writer's Room Workshop
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Sunday Nov 10th, 2pm - 9pm

Screenwriting II: An Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
Screenwriting II: An Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 12th, 7pm - 10pm

TV: Character Driven Stories
TV: Character Driven Stories
Next start date:

Tuesday Nov 12th, 7pm - 10pm

Screenwriting III: A Master Screenwriting Workshop
Screenwriting III: A Master Screenwriting Workshop
Next start date:

Wednesday Nov 13th, 7pm - 10pm

Storytelling I: Story Time
Storytelling I: Story Time
Next start date:

Monday Dec 9th, 7pm - 10pm

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Teachers at Writing Pad

A. Nicole Kelly Abigail Ulman Amber Benson Amelia Gray Anna Scott Annabelle Gurwitch Anthony King Antonio Sacre Ava Tramer Ava Tramer and Daniel McLellan Ben Loory BJ Robbins Bob Carlson Brett Paesel Brian Finkelstein Bronwyn Garrity Catherine Girardeau Cathryn Humphris Cecil Castellucci Chad Snopek Charlie Nicholson Chris Reed Chris Wu Christopher Reed Christopher Noxon Cindy Caponera Cole Kazdin Corey Rosen Craig Gerard Curtis Gwinn D.J. MacHale Dailyn Rodriguez Daisy Eagan Dan Gregor Daniel McLellan Daniel Wolfberg and Natalie Gergely Dara Resnick Creasey Dave Ross Dave Walsh David Boyer David Weinberg David Iserson David Babcock Davy Rothbart DC Pierson Debbie Weiss Debbie Weiss Dedi Felman Derek Taylor Kent Devanshi Patel Diana Spechler Dominica Phetteplace Don Diego Elise Capron Elna Baker Emmylou Diaz Eric Ziobrowski Eric Beetner Eric Hiss Erin Aubry Kaplan Evan Bellantone Everett Oliver Everett Oliver Everett Oliver Francesca Lia Block Geoff Silverman Grace Krilanovich Gretchen McNeil Heather Sundell Heather Anne Campbell Iris Bahr Isaac Aptaker J Ryan Stradal Jack Moore Jack Kukoda James Scott Bell Janine Salinas Jason Grote Jenia Fridlyand & Guest Artists Jenn Fujikawa Jennifer Brody Jessie Rosen Jessie Rosen & Kalliope Panagiotakos Jim Gavin John Skipp Joshua Corey Joyce Castellanos Kalle Mattila Karen Kirkland Karen Hall Katherine Taylor Kristine Huntley Laura Lacamara Lauren Gussis Lauren Weedman Lauren Strasnick Laurenne Sala Liana Aghajanian Lilla Zuckerman Lisa Jakub Liza Palmer Lou Perez Louisa Levy Louisa Hill Luis Godoy M Dickson Marc Cooper Marcos Gonzalez Marcos Gonzalez Margaret Wappler Margot Leitman Maria Mileaf Mathieu Cailler Matt Zinman Matt Zinman Matt Sumell Matteson Perry Matteson Perry & Melanie Marnich Matthew Specktor Maureen McHugh Melissa Chadburn Michael Saltzman Michael Cinquemani Miguel Ian Raya Mike Ellis Mike Benner Monica Holloway Natalie Gergely Natasha Vargas Cooper Nathan Varni Neil Katcher David Nadelberg Nicky Guerriero Nikki Levy Nikki Levy Pam Murphy Pat Charles Patricia Carr Peter Iliff Philip Stark Rachel Bloom Rebecca Parks Fernandez Reyna Grande Rich Monahan Rico Gagliano Rob Luchow Rob Fresco Rob Gokee Robbie Fox Robia Rashid Ron Koertge Ron Milbauer Royal Young Ryan O'Nan Ryan McIlvain Sam Ernst Samir Mehta Sara Benincasa Sarah Tomlinson Sarah Maizes Sean Russell Shaina Shealy Smith Henderson Sophia Kercher Speed Weed Stacy Traub Steph Cha Stephanie Kornick Steven Peros Summer Block Kumar Suzanne Rivecca Tammy Delatorre Taylor Martindale Thao Le Thomas Fenton Tim Grierson Tiphanie Yanique Todd Waldman Trish Daly Victor Levin W. Peter Iliff Wayne Powers Wendy Lawless William Rabkin Zach Ayers Zoë Archer ​Tanya Rey
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