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LA Writers Group has facilitated creative writing workshops in Los Angeles since 2003, and as of August 2019, we also offer writing retreats in San Diego (Carlsbad - North County). We also offer many online workshops via live video conference (Zoom), email-based writing challenges, and coaching programs for writers who are ready to finish their first draft.

Kind

We support, encourage, and inspire writers of all genres. We’ve helped many writers establish or reestablish a productive and creative mindset, fill their pages, and learn their craft through our creative writing workshops and private coaching. We don't believe in the tough-love approach. We believe in empowering writers to explore their craft.

Supportive

We only pick leaders who lead our writing workshops with love. We hire exceptional group leaders who are adept at engaging small groups of writers. We screen them for their expertise, their diplomacy, and their belief in positive reinforcement. We believe writers need a safe space to grow.

Personal

Our creative writing workshops are never about lectures with hundreds of people. Instead, our workshops are small and geared toward individual attention. We also offer one-on-one coaching for writers working on a first draft or editing for writers with a completed manuscript.

Update about Coronavirus & Online Opportunities.

Even before the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, I had been moving to a mostly online format since August 2019, except for my in-person retreats, due to the high cost of commercial rental space and my desire not to charge high fees for creative writing workshops.

While the in-person writing retreats are currently pasued, you can participate in workshops and coaching online, from anywhere.

I hope to see you online!

Please follow your city’s guidelines for keeping yourself and others safe and healthy.

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Creative Writing Workshops now on Saturdays & Sundays!

Get words on the page through inspiring, educational, and creative writing prompts every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST. View the creative writing workshop schedule. 

Monthly Coaching for Writers

Get consistent support and access to group coaching meetings while you finish your first draft with our Monthly Coaching Program for Writers.

One-Day Writing Retreats

My 2020 One-Day Writing Retreats in Carlsbad, CA are on hold until future notice due to Coronavirus safety concerns. Please join our mailing list for priority notification when the retreats resume.


About Nicole

Nicole is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and a book coach.Nicole Criona - Book Coach

Coaching Stats:

  • 40 clients have completed drafts of their book.
  • Thanked in 5 books.
  • 5 clients are currently seeking representation.
  • 1 currently being considered by agents.
  • 2 currently have representation
  • 1 client just sold her book (Oct 2020)!

Specialties:

  • Developmental Editing and First-Draft Coaching for Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, & Screenplays
  • Creativity Coaching
  • Productivity Coaching
  • Scene Improvement
  • Structure
  • Writer’s blocks

Nicole Criona founded LAwritersgroup.com in 2003. She specializes in Developmental Editing and coaching fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters who want to complete their first draft.

Nicole authored the successful Get Writing Again in 15 Days email course.

While Nicole focuses mostly on helping writers, Nicole’s writing credits include poetry and fiction on Hissquarterly.com (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue), Strongverse.org, Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine, among others. She is currently working on a novel and a non-fiction book. Read Nicole’s poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall. She has also worked as a freelance and content writer.

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I believe if we are meant to work together, we will, and because of that, I don’t believe in high-pressure sales tactics. My consultations are all about getting to know if we are right for each other.

Schedule a free consultation with Nicole.

"I had taken every writing class I could find both online and in-person for over three years, yet I was still floundering around with an unwritten novel in my head. Frustrated and skeptical, I went to yet another class and met Nicole Criona - and everything changed. First Draft Incubator was different. And her one-one-one personal attention was just what I needed. With her kindness and gentle encouragement, before I knew it I had an outline. She was so generous with her ideas and so sure of my ability and our way forward that I believed her. And it worked. Three months later, I had sixty written pages with a clear idea of where I was going. Every week, she helped me hurdle stumbling blocks and climb out of writing bogs that threatened to stop me in my tracks. Now, here I am, sixteen months later with a finished first draft. It is the single biggest personal accomplishment of my life and she is the reason I got here. The joy is real! I cannot thank her enough. Nicole, you were the flashlight in my darkest forest. We did it!!"

Carrie T. - Fledgling Author, soon to be hopefully be published.

If you are a writer who feels discouraged, uninspired, unproductive, and unmotivated, I cannot recommend this challenge enough. Before I took the 15-day challenge I felt crippled by writer's block and disappointed in myself for my lack of productivity. But through a series of relaxing and explorative prompts, the 15-day challenge allowed me to gradually untangle my writer's block, clear my mind, and remember why I love writing. Since I finished it, I now complete a writing prompt almost every day on my own. And instead of looking at that first blank page with dread and doubt, I now see it as an adventure. This challenge will change your attitude about writing for the better and rekindle your passion for the craft. It's more than worth the money. Don't hesitate!

Kaitlyn M.

It is always a pleasure to gather in this intimate setting with a few writers who want to read literature, together. In this sacred space, we go further and higher when we read out loud and talk about what makes a particular piece so moving. Then, we can all come alive with inspiration!

F. M.

I’m new to creative writing, and the 15 Day Challenge taught me so much! The daily prompts provided a journey of self exploration, and insight into new ways of bringing a story to life. Having the on-line community was invaluable. Seeing how others handled an exercise, helped me grow even more. I feel inspired to continue writing everyday. Thank you Nicole, for a wonderful experience!!

Frances S.

This is the best writing organization you will find!! I'm from Michigan and contacted Nicole about private coaching in 2015. Our first meeting/consultation was incredible. I felt like we had been friends in a past life. Nicole is genuine and is truly an expert in the craft.

We met via "Zoom" during our sessions, and she allowed me enough time to finish my edits and set up a meeting when I was ready. In terms of experience, she meets you where you are. She listens and edits carefully to fully understand what you need to do in order to move forward. In the sessions, we had a dialogue. She was not preaching to me or lecturing. Her unique ability to explain and teach helped me retain the information she gave me.

I was self-taught until I met Nicole. She helped transform my writing in ways I cannot describe. I am proud to say that in 2016 I published a chapter Nicole helped me edit from my upcoming novel for an impromptu reading. The feedback I received from the audience was magical. Word has spread, and friends are still asking for copies.

As writers, it is up to us to put our best foot forward and own our craft. Nicole helped me find that confidence and own it. Not only does she teach, she believes in you. And to me, that is greater than any lesson someone can offer.

I would recommend LA Writers Group to any writer serious about the art. (I brag about the organization every chance I get)

Nicole S.

Since I began working with Nicole, she's provided valuable coaching and feedback every time we've met. I came to Nicole with a few ideas scrawled into a Moleskine notebook, and six months later, I proudly printed out the first draft of my manuscript. With her guidance, I've been able to propel my story, characters, and prose to a level I could not have achieved on my own. I cannot recommend working with her highly enough!

Christian U.