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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.

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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.

We’re expanding to San Diego!!

We are starting up our long-running Sunday Creative Writing Workshops in Carlsbad, CA in August 2019. See our San Diego Writing Workshops

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See our current Creative Writing Workshops in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Online here:

All Writing Workshops

Here is a list of all our current workshops, sorted by date. You can sort by location if you'd like. All times are Pacific Standard Time
WorkshopLocationTypeDateTime
Weekend Writing Retreat in Carlsbad, CASan Diego > Carlsbad, CARetreat09/13/19 - 09/15/19See page for details
Creative Writing WorkshopOnline via ZoomWorkshop09/22/1911:00 am - 1:30 pm
Creative Writing WorkshopSan Diego > Carlsbad, CAWorkshop09/22/192:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Creative Writing WorkshopOnline via ZoomWorkshop09/29/1911:00 am - 1:30 pm
Creative Writing WorkshopSan Diego > Carlsbad, CAWorkshop09/29/192:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Creative Writing WorkshopOnline via ZoomWorkshop10/06/1910:00 am - 12:30 pm
Creative Writing WorkshopSan Diego > Carlsbad, CAWorkshop10/06/192:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Creative Writing WorkshopOnline via zoom Workshop10/13/1910:00 am - 12:30 pm
Navigating the Literary Submissions ProcessOnline via ZoomWorkshop10/21/196:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Weekend Writing Retreat in Carlsbad, CASan Diego > Carlsbad, CARetreat11/08/19 - 11/10/19See page for details
Get Writing Again Email CourseEmailEmail CourseOngoingStart any time
Private CoachingPrivate CoachingPrivate CoachingOngoingSee page for details
First-Draft IncubatorFirst-Draft IncubatorGroup Coaching & Private CoachingOngoingSee page for details
A Scene A Week Coaching PackageA Scene A Week Coaching PackagePrivate CoachingOngoingSee page for details

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.

Nicole understands that working with writers doesn't just involve talking about their project. She has the rare and brilliant skill of sensing what is really at the root of slowing a writer down and is more than willing to get into the messy and seemingly "unrelated" discussions that surround every writer's process. Working with her for these past three months has enabled me to minimize the confusion and frustration that always arises in the writing process and get back to making progress on my book faster. Instead of spending days of energy in emotional defeat, I spend an hour on the phone with Nicole and find my way back to the work at hand before evening time. She is a miracle worker, and her diagnostic skills are up there with rocket scientists. I'm not exaggerating. She's brilliant. Few people in the world have as much passion and grace when it comes to teaching the craft of writing. She also has an awe-inspiring ability to work with a widely diverse range of writers and personalities. Working with Nicole was the best investment in myself and my writing aspirations I could make.

Jess H.

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.

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.

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.

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