:: What is LAwritersgroup.com™?
Welcome to LAwritersgroup.com! We facilitate writing workshops, writers groups, and seminars throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, with an aim toward getting words on the page and providing a safe place for writers to exchange feedback on works in progress. To see what groups we offer check out our current workshop schedule.
:: How did LAwritersgroup.com begin?
We started in 2003 with a single writers group. After a while, people starting asking to join and we found ourselves with a waiting list. After that, we just grew organically based on demand and here we are today!
:: Who are your group leaders and how do you pick them?
You can find all Group Leader bios on the Group Leaders page.
We don’t use the word ‘Instructors,’ for a reason. We say ‘Leaders.’ We take our job of hiring exceptional leaders seriously. When we pick a group or workshop leader, we don’t focus on the obvious criterion of how many credits they have. We are in the business of encouraging creativity and helping writers carve out their own voices, and our more than ten years’ experience proves that a leader doesn’t need needs multiple credits to do that task well. Credits are a good thing, of course, but we hire people who are great leaders, who have an intangible supportiveness and a great passion for writing and for writers… Read more…
:: What’s this I hear about getting writing jobs?
Many people looking for writers to hire find our site and send us job requests. Nearly all of the jobs are paid jobs or paid gigs. We send these jobs out to our mailing list. As a member of our mailing list, you get these job ads at no charge. If you want to receive the job notifications, simply join our mailing list. We’ve helped many companies find writers.
:: How can I participate in the writers group if I don’t live in Los Angeles?
Move to LA. Kidding. Right now all of our workshops and groups meet in person. If you’d like, we’d love it if you’d interact with us on our Facebook page or by commenting on our blog posts. We post many items of interest to writers in both places.
:: How can I join an in-person writers group or writing workshop if I live in Los Angeles?
Find the workshop you want to join then sign up. It’s that easy!
:: How do the in-person writers’ groups work?
Most groups meet once a week for eight-week sessions, usually for 2-1/2 – 3 hours, in Los Angeles, and usually on a weeknight or a weekend. We run several groups in the greater Los Angeles area. During each group meeting the group leader facilitates two to three in-group writing assignments, then you have the opportunity bring any piece of writing in for critique from the other writers and from our qualified group leader. We are open to writers of all levels and genres. The beauty of our groups is that they work for everyone.
:: What’s so great about being in a writing group?
The point of joining is to create new material. You really will fill a notebook during the course of the writers group. Think of it as a weekly workout to exercise your craft. It’s also nice to be able to bring in work-in-progress and get feedback from other writers and a qualified group leader. Connecting with other writers is one of the great side-effects of our groups. The members tend to form lasting bonds.
:: Do you teach creative writing?
During each 8-week session, you will glean many things just by participating in the creative writing prompts, listening to the other writers read their work, and participating in the critique process. However, this is not a classroom environment and we do not teach creative writing or technique via lecture. If you are an experienced writer, you will find that our exercises help you generate new material and you will find yourself exploring new voices and even new genres. As an experienced writer, you know how valuable feedback can be – especially from a qualified group leader. We’ve created converted many a fiction writer into poet in our groups, and vice-versa. If you are a newer writer, the writing exercises will get you thinking in new creative directions, and also help you generate new material.
:: Where do you hold your groups?
We hold our groups in private homes for the privacy, comfort, and intimacy that environment provides. The cost of renting space in Los Angeles has become prohibitive to keeping our costs affordable while also paying the group leaders what they are worth. Because they are held in private homes, we do not give out the exact address until you register for the group, for privacy reasons. If you are interested in hosting a group in your area, please contact us! You get a significant discount if you do!
:: Who can join?
Any creative writer, anywhere, novices and experts alike, can join our groups unless they are for a specific genre or writing level.
:: I need to hire a writer. Can you help?
Fill out our online form. We charge a nominal fee to send a job ad out to our mailing list. We will contact you and let you know if we approve your job ad. We have thousands of writers on our list, and every single one of them will receive your job posting in their email inbox, which is better than posting your job on a website and hoping that the perfect writer happens to check that site while your job is posted. We rarely post jobs that do not pay the writer with money (as opposed to credits or “back-end royalties”). Writers need to eat and pay rent too. Please respect that.
:: I’d like to advertise to your writers, how do I do that?
You may request an ad rate card here to advertise to our writers. We often run specials and we have options that include advertising on our website, mailing list, blog, and even Twitter and Facebook advertising options.
:: Do you offer editorial services?
Most of our group leaders also offer private consulting, coaching, editorial services, story notes, script consulting, script coverage, copy editing, and/or proofreading services. If you are interested in help with your novel, essay, non-fiction book, poetry chapbook, or anything else, you can inquire about our editorial services here. If you would like us to find someone for you, we can do that as well.
:: Can kids join?
Our workshops are not appropriate for kids but we do recommend checking out www.826LA.org for classes oriented toward younger creatives.
:: What is your spam policy?
No spam, no sharing your email with anyone.
:: What is your refund policy?
You can read our full refund policy here.