About Us

Nicole Criona and Sanora Bartels founded LAwritersgroup.com  in 2003 as a small group of five writers who wanted to get together weekly, to write and get feedback.  As members moved away, we created a website to continue our flourishing creative expression, and the next thing we knew, people were emailing us to join our group. Soon the list became so big that we decided to create several different groups, and this is how Los Angeles Writers Group was born. We now offer a multitude of workshops and private/group coaching for writers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support, encourage, and inspire writers of all genres, regardless of experience level. We’ve helped many writers get back into a creative flow, fill their pages with words, and complete drafts of memoir and fiction books, screenplays, stageplays, and teleplays. We firmly believe that everyone has something important to say and that every writer needs and deserves support, encouragement, and the tools necessary to write better stories.

We help writers generate new ideas, introduce them to essential craft tools, and offer the support they need to finish projects. We aim to leave writers with something tangible to show for their time: a page of new ideas, a new story, a rewritten outline, or a first draft.

How We Choose Our Leaders

We hire exceptional group leaders and teachers who engage writers in a sensitive and supportive manner and who provide a safe space for participants to expand and grow their craft. We take our job of hiring exceptional workshop leaders seriously.

We select leaders who know their craft and who are passionate about working with aspiring writers. Our leaders are experts in their field and have studied with some of our greatest literary minds. As a result, they have a breadth of knowledge about literature, poetry, the craft of writing, and the business of writing. Some of our leaders have extensive credits to their name, while others are actively pursuing publication. Some have taught at traditional colleges and universities, and some in alternative teaching programs.

We’ve vetted our leaders and recommend them with the highest regard for their knowledge and most importantly, for their supportive nature.

About our Workshops

We offer our collaborative workshops and writing groups, both online and in creative spaces both online and in person in Los Angeles.

We engage with writers through dynamic discussion and participation, not lectures. We want you to get your creative hands dirty. You’ll leave each session with a tangible piece of writing, new writing tools and ideas, and the confidence to keep writing.

We also offer personalized small group and individual coaching sessions in LA or online via video conference so that writers can receive timely, valuable feedback. We’ll get you excited about the possibilities of your project and help you grow as a writer.

Our workshops are not appropriate for kids.