Welcome!

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.

Books by Nicole's Clients

Fiction, Nonfiction, Traditionally Published, & Self-Published

Beware the MermaidsThe Devil and Max LargentIt's not a Rumour
KickingHitchin
Stay Sober and Save the World the Cave Woman Way

Recent Short Stories and Essays by Nicole's Clients

Take Fountain: Finding Home Amongst LA's Historic Buildings by Anne Sawyier, published in Slag Glass City.
Vigil by Katlyn Minard, published in Ligeia Magazine
Death in a Hollywood Edit Bay by Katlyn Minard, published in print by Train River. Read her interview online.
Séance by Katlyn Minard, published by Train River Capulet Mag
Golden Gate, a full-length stage play by Lindsey Kirchoff, endorsed by Terri Cheney, New York Times bestseller. Featured in Playwrights' Center of San Francisco 2022 Spring Reading Series, winner of 2021 Durango PlayFest
The Sea Witch by Lindsey Kirchoff - Shortlisted in 2021 Fractured Lit $3,000 Fairy Tale contest judged by author Kevin Brockmeir and quarter-finalist for Ruminate Magazine 2022 Fiction Contest
Story Eater by Lindsey Kirchoff - Quarter-finalist for Ruminate Magazine 2022 Fiction Contest


News.

Update about Coronavirus & Online Opportunities

We will remain working online until it is safe to meet indoors in a small space, unmasked. We anticipate moving back to in-person workshops eventually, but we will also continue offering online workshops. Stay tuned for news of future writing retreats as well.

Gift Certificates

You can purchase a gift for yourself or for the writer in your life. View available gift certificates.


Schedule a Free Consultation.

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, understanding your needs, and finding out how I can help you.

Consultations are for those who have a project and are considering coaching. Please do not schedule a consultation about workshops; please email instead.


About Nicole.

Nicole Criona - Book Coach
Nicole co-founded Los Angeles Writers Group in 2003. She authored the successful Get Writing Again in 15 Days and the 100 Days of Writing email-based daily writing challenges.
While Nicole focuses mostly on editing and coaching writers, her writing credits include both poetry and fiction (Hissquarterly.com, Strongverse.org, Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine, placed amongst others). She has also worked as a freelance and content writer, and has been hired to rewrite screenplays.
Coaching Stats:Specialties:
—Two clients—so far!—got an agent and a book deal (both fiction and nonfiction)—see success stories
—Many clients have self-published
—Many clients have had short stories / essays published
—Thanked in seven books
—Three clients are currently seeking representation
Developmental editing and first-draft coaching for both short and full-length fiction, memoir, nonfiction, & screenplays (not television)
—Creativity coaching
—Productivity coaching
—Scene Improvement
—Structure
—Writer’s block

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.

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.

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., Los Angeles

Sharing a new testimonial from a First Draft Incubator workshop attendee:

I came to this course with 20-odd pages of tired material, a clichéd main character, and no idea how to map out my novel. Despite having two decades of experience as a magazine features writer, I was stumped on how to organize and sustain compelling long form fiction. Less than six weeks later, I have a complete outline and a solid second take on several important scenes.
If you’re serious about finishing your first draft, sign up for this class. Nicole will be a generous advocate for your work. She'll honor your personal creative process and she will ask you all the hard questions at just the right time.

D.M.

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.

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.