Frequently Asked Questions

:: 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 workshops 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’ and we take our job of hiring exceptional leaders seriously. When we pick a group- or workshop leader, we don’t focus, necessarily, on 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 multiple credits to do that task well. Publication credits are a great thing, of course, but we hire people who are great leaders, who have a supportive nature and a passion for writing and encouraging other writers.  Read more…

:: What’s this I hear about getting writing jobs?

Many people looking to hire writers find our site and send us job requests. Nearly all of the jobs are paid. We send these jobs out to our mailing list. 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. Just kidding! We now offer online workshops, Challenges, and coaching all online. You can participate from anywhere as long as you write in and speak English.

:: 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 register online. It’s that easy!

:: How do the in-person writers’ groups work?

Most groups meet once a week for four- or eight-week sessions, usually for 2-3 hours, in Los Angeles, on a weeknight or a weekend. We run several groups in Los Angeles. Writing workshops might be feedback oriented like our Writing & Critique Group or our First Draft Incubator (where you bring in pages), or they might be generative like our Sunday Writing Workshops. 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 and to be a part of a writing community. You really will fill a notebook during the course of these workshops. Think of it as a weekly workout to exercise your craft. It’s also nice to be able to bring in works-in-progress and get feedback from other writers and from a qualified group leader. Connecting with other writers is an important aspect of the writing life. Our members tend to form lasting bonds.

:: Do you teach creative writing?

During each workshop or session, you will learn craft tools by participating in the creative writing prompts, listening to the other writers read their work, and participating in the critique process. However, our workshops are not lecture-based. Our workshops are for beginner and experienced writers alike–our exercises will help you generate new material, explore new voices, or even dive into a new genre. As an experienced writer, you know how valuable feedback can be – especially from a qualified group leader. 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 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 our workshops are held in private homes, we do not give out the exact address until you register for the group. 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.

:: 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 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.

:: 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, Twitter, and Facebook.

:: Do you offer editorial services?

If you are interested in help with your novel, short story, essay, memoir, poetry book, chapbook, or anything else, you can read about our editorial services here. If you want help during the drafting process, we offer coaching services to help you finish your first draft.

:: 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.