Writing Workshops Los Angeles offers courses and one-on-one instruction to those interested in honing their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry writing skills. Workshops are held in the home of the course instructor or, occasionally, in the home of one of the students or another venue. In our classes, work is discussed from a craft perspective, and we delve deeply into story, character, language, structure, and other techniques. Classes are small and always fun, and there are refreshments (wine, sparkling water, coffee), and sometimes even gourmet cheeses and tasty snacks, to keep us going. You can read more about WWLA in this interview with Edan at LitHub.
At Writing Workshops Los Angeles, we value aesthetic daring, and we strive to read student manuscripts with both the highest standards and an open mind. Our students have gone on to attend MFA programs across the country, published novels and memoirs, placed their work in a variety of literary journals and magazines, and won numerous awards and fellowships.
Chris Daley, Director
Edan Lepucki, Founder
How do I enroll for a course?
All workshops and seminars are listed here. Once you’ve picked a class, please visit the Enroll page, scroll to the listing for your course, and pay via PayPal. (A returning student is defined as someone who has completed a WWLA class previously.) We reserve the right to decide not to accept an enrollment for any reason. After your payment has been received, all course information—including class location and the first assignment—will be emailed to you. If a class is listed as sold out, you can always contact us to inquire about a waitlist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s your enrollment and payment policy?
With a few exceptions, all Los Angeles workshops range in price from $320 to $550. In-person seminars range from $90 to $190, depending on length, and online classes vary from $120 to $315. All courses, as well as our ten-session coaching package, require a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee, which is included in the course fee. Seminars require a $50 enrollment fee, which is included in the seminar fee. If you decide to drop a workshop within five days after the class start date (or the first coaching session), all but the enrollment fee will be returned to you. After the five-day grace period, there are no refunds, and you’re required to pay the full course fee no matter how many class meetings you attend. If you have pre-paid for coaching or critique services, you have one year to schedule the services before the payment expires. If you drop a course after the grace period, and you’ve chosen to pay in multiple installments, you are still responsible to pay the remaining course balance. If you have enrolled in a seminar, you have up to two days before the seminar begins to drop it and receive a refund (minus the enrollment fee). After that deadline, you will not be eligible for a refund.
Where do your classes meet?
Our seminars and workshops are held all over Los Angeles, from Santa Monica to Pasadena and from Burbank to Culver City. New schedules each term frequently offer new locations, so if you don’t see a class near you, check back in three months! Most often, our classes are held in the home of the course instructor or, depending on the instructor's location/circumstances, in the home of one of the students or another venue. By enrolling in a seminar or workshop, WWLA students assume liability for travel to and attendance at the class.
I don’t see any new classes. What’s going on? Will there be more? How can I be among the first to know about new classes?
Yes! Don’t worry! We offer classes four times a year (usually beginning in February, April/May, July, and October), and the next session is announced at least a month before it begins. You can sign up for our newsletter here, so that you hear of new classes as soon as they’re announced.
It looks like I’m too late to sign up for a class this session. Can I enter a class after it’s begun?
In most cases, we don’t admit students into a course that’s already begun. However, we do offer one-on-one consultations with our faculty if you don't want to wait until the next term starts.
Where can I get information about accessibility?
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com and we can provide information about accessibility for each individual location where our classes are held.
What are your online classes like?
We use the Zoom platform and our online classes are just like our Los Angeles classes, except instead of meeting in someone's living room, we come to you. There is a maximum of eight students and the classes still meet once a week for two hours (or standard seminar hours). To join the class, you'll only need to click on a URL we will send to you before the class begins and your fellow classmates and instructor will appear Brady Bunch opening credits style. Easy!
What are your payment plan options?
Effective summer 2013, new students must pay for all courses in full. For courses that cost $300 or more, we offer returning students the opportunity to pay in up to three installments depending on the course fee. You can find details on the installment plans at the bottom of our Enroll page. The deadlines for payment plans are emailed to students upon enrollment (but usually will occur in week five or weeks two and five after the initial deposit). Please note: We offer payment plans to returning students as a courtesy to say thank you for choosing WWLA again. However, if a student does not make a payment by the stated deadline (see info packet) and ignores our first reminder, s/he will be required to pay in full to enroll for future classes. If you are not a returning student, we can sometimes hold a place for you in the class until it fills so you have some extra time to pay.
Writing Workshops Los Angeles is committed to respecting your privacy. We do not and will never sell or rent your mailing address, email address, or any other data that can personally identify you in any way to an outside group. Writing Workshops Los Angeles allows students to enroll for courses through PayPal. Writing Workshops Los Angeles does not store credit card information, and we will never share your data with a third party. Your email address only will be shared with the course instructor once you've enrolled.
What is the 2Y Club?
We've instituted what we're calling the 2Y Club for invited writers who have taken eight or more of our classes (2Y = two years) to recognize their support. Each term, as classes that are not sold out approach their start dates, instructors will have the opportunity to offer remaining open spots in their classes to the 2Y Club for half price. These classes will be in Los Angeles and online. Eight-week workshops will be $200, six-week workshops will be $170, two-day seminars in LA will be $90, and two-day seminars online and one-day seminars in LA will be $60. Not all classes will have open seats and not all instructors will take advantage of this opportunity, but we're hopeful to have some excellent, reduced price classes to choose from each term.
Is there any incentive if I refer a friend?
Why, yes, there is! Once you refer two friends, you receive $50 off your next class.
What if I have allergies and the instructor has pets?
Our classes primarily take place in the homes of instructors, many of whom have pets. If you suffer from allergies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you enroll in a class to determine the pet situation. We can suggest alternate, comparable pet-free classes, and if those options do not work with your schedule, please know that classes often switch days and instructors from term to term, so you'll have another chance at a pet-free class in about ten weeks.
Do you offer classes for children or teenagers?
Unfortunately, our classes are mostly for writers over the age of twenty-one. Because people often ask us, we’ve put together some writing class recommendations for children and teens. We occasionally make an exception in our online and daytime classes, dependent upon the teacher, the student, and the class in question. To see if your case is exceptional, please email us at email@example.com.
Do you offer editorial services?
Yes! Please refer to our Critique & Coaching page.
Are you hiring new instructors?
We're not hiring at the moment, but you're welcome to send your CV/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the neighborhood where you live and information on pets, parking, and accessibility.
Do you need student hosts for your classes?
We do everything we can to ensure our classes are held in our instructors' homes, but occasionally, we may need a student host who, in return for their hospitality, takes the class for free. If you'd like to know more about this opportunity, please contact us at email@example.com.
How come you guys are so awesome?
Do we really need to answer that?