Writing Pad

Writing Pad

Professional
Downtown, Los Angeles, California
(28 Reviews)

Writing Pad classes aren’t stuffy. They’re pampering, relaxing and inspiring. At each class you can expect:

  • Top-notch instructors who are experienced writers with a passion for teaching.
  • Decadent, gourmet tasting plates and/or desserts.
  • A safe, playful writing environment to help you fearlessly channel your creativity.
  • Small classes (12 students max) held in a comfy, modern space.
  • A fun, intellectual vibe infused with the spirit of a cocktail party/creativity spa.
Philosophy

A writing class shouldn’t be boring or annihilate your ego! All Writing Pad classes are flavored by the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) method. The AWA method establishes a safe, respectful writing space and encourages spontaneous writing exercises (e.g., timed writing to a prompt). If a student decides to read what he’s written in class (reading is not mandatory), the group will only respond with what they like and remember. If a student brings in writing he’s worked on outside of class, he’ll receive balanced feedback.

This method was developed in response to the traditional writing seminar where students bring in manuscripts for harsh critique, often leaving class feeling blocked and discouraged. In contrast, the AWA method blends improvisational writing and a safe, supportive environment to produce richer, more innovative writing in students.

Class Structure

Every class has a different balance of in-class writing, craft talks, and workshopping. Classes typically run for two and a half hours and include brief social breaks accompanied by assorted teas, gourmet tasting plates, and/or dessert.

Reviews of Writing Pad

(28 Reviews)
NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

4/10/2019
Anonymous

Attended: NY Times Worthy Personal Essay


Great environment. The last class what a short one on one with the instructor to get notes on your essay. This was awesome, and very helpful. But I did feel a little let down because your last class was those 20 or so minutes, rather than a three hour session. Maybe my expectations weren't quite in alignment and I would have felt differently if I expected this from the beginning. But overall, I learned a lot in the class and would recommend it to others who want to tell a personal story and learn how to pitch it for publication.

Memoir 101

9/16/2018
Robyn H.

Attended: Memoir 101


Enjoyed the class very much and thought the teacher was great. I would definitely do another class with Brett.

TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Brad G

Attended: TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop


I've taken several classes with Writing Pad. I've taken classes with showrunners (Nastaran Dibai, Joey Gutierrez, and Michael Saltzman, ) and worked on outlines and drafts, and then taken a couple of comedy revision classes, both great. The one with Craig Gerard was useful, fun, and the class really bonded. The one with Todd Waldman I liked because he has a development background as well to give another angle. I especially liked that he encouraged people to bring back work if they could to revisit the changes that had been suggested in other classes. I found the instructors here bring real world experience and give great notes and suggestions. It's also helpful to hear what other writers have to say. It's definitely a place where you benefit from the community as well as the instructors. I took an essay class with Christopher Noxon, who is fantastic as well - I really want to take his illustrated journal class. Marilyn and Jeff really work at creating a community, and getting great people in. I've read a couple of the negative reviews, and it sounds like people had an expectation about what they'd get, but for me I've learned from every class I've had. The few people who seem dissatisfied/disinterested in the classes are the ones who don't show up for anyone else, have their stuff read and leave, and don't participate unless it involves their stuff - that's been what I've seen in taking several classes.

TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Sasha F

Attended: TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop


The writing pad offers a fantastic variety of writing classes. It's run by a very nice and helpful couple who would always make you feel at home and your concerns heard. I continuously take classes at the writing pad, because they're awesome!

TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Matthew L

Attended: TV II: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop


I've taken classes from both Lauren and Steph and both were exceptional teachers, offering constructive criticism without seeming harsh or patronizing (something you might get from published authors). The people who run this take a real interest in seeing writers grow. They listen to their students and do their best to make the space comfortable. They have snacks.

TV II: A TV Drama Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Constance K

Attended: TV II: A TV Drama Draft Writing Workshop


I LOVE Writing Pad. The past couple of months I have done several classes there. I've been doing Memoir Writing with Brett Paesel, Comedy screenwriting with Devanshi Patel and Drama writing with Dailyn Rodriguez. All three of these classes have taught me so much about craft. These three women are all so generous and so skilled. I can't believe how much energy and insight they have for each student's writing. They are able to see each project on its own terms and offer extremely useful feedback, ideas and advice. I came into this from a mainly playwriting background, wanting to learn about writing for television and memoir and I am thrilled with how much I've learnt. I also really appreciate being made to write stuff! I find as a writer, one of the things that's hardest is making myself write. Doing classes at Writing Pad makes me write constantly! I would recommend taking classes to writers of all levels of experience. I'm thrilled with what I'm learning and really enjoy the classes and talking to the other students. Marilyn and Jeff, who run Writing Pad are a delight, as are all the staff there. I am doing Brett and Devanshi's classes next year too. I wish I'd started doing classes at Writing Pad as soon as I first moved to LA a year ago.

TV II: A TV Drama Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
Alexandra F

Attended: TV II: A TV Drama Draft Writing Workshop


I took a 6-week TV Drama class with Pat Charles at Writing Pad and the experience was worth every penny and more. My classmates were all very serious about their writing, which is a major plus in my book because everyone was there to work hard. We had a great group dynamic of very diverse voices. Pat's direction and feedback were simply awesome. It was a tough class because Pat will push you the way any show runner would in a real writing room. The tools I learned have made me much more critical of my writing in a very constructive way. I look forward to taking another Writing Pad class in the future!

TV II: A TV Drama Draft Writing Workshop

4/3/2018
D. J

Attended: TV II: A TV Drama Draft Writing Workshop


Since moving to LA two years ago, I have taken around ten classes at Writing Pad that run the gamut of short story, blog, essay, screenwriting, personal essay, TV Drama at both the westside and downtown locations. I keep going back because the classes are excellent and the teachers are impressive. I took writing courses from a few different schools when I lived in the Bay Area which I thought were good until I started attending Writing Pad where I was blown away. Writing Pad's teachers far exceeded any instruction I had received before because they are not only accomplished, professional, know their stuff and seriously well connected, but they seem to genuinely care about their students' progression. I have come a long way in my writing since my first class and have Writing Pad to thank for it. The founders, Marilyn and Jeff, always impress me with the varied classes they offer and the caliber of teachers and industry folks they seem to know. The classes are intimate and I have made a lot of friends. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a class!

TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar

3/11/2018
Randy N.

Attended: TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar


Great introduction to writing ✍️ for TV

TV I: TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop

2/28/2018
Anonymous

Attended: TV I: TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop


The owners of he workshop accidentally left the stove on having natural gas moving through the space. They had been drinking and didn’t notice. It seemed really unprofessional and dangerous. The course itself was very paint by numbers and it feels like all of Writing Pad is just a way for these people to make money off of poor artists.

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688 S Santa Fe Ave #312, Los Angeles, California 90021
Writing Pad
Downtown, Downtown/Northeast
688 S Santa Fe Ave #312
Btwn E 7th & Jesse Streets
Los Angeles, California 90021

Upcoming Classes at Writing Pad

TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar
TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar
Next start date:

Sunday May 19th, 2pm - 5pm

Storytelling I: Story Time
Storytelling I: Story Time
Next start date:

Monday May 20th, 7pm - 10pm

TV I: TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop
TV I: TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday May 28th, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Storytelling Essay: From Stage to Page
Storytelling Essay: From Stage to Page
Next start date:

Thursday May 30th, 7pm - 10pm

TV Drama I: TV Drama Pilot Workshop
TV Drama I: TV Drama Pilot Workshop
Next start date:

Thursday May 30th, 7pm - 10pm

Memoir I: Memorable Memoir Workshop
Memoir I: Memorable Memoir Workshop
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 1st, 11am - 1pm

Writer’s Assistant
Writer’s Assistant
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 1st, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

TV II: TV Draft Writing
TV II: TV Draft Writing
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 1st, 2:30pm - 6pm

Memoir 2
Memoir 2
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 1st, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

TV Structure for Pilot Writing
TV Structure for Pilot Writing
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 2nd, 2pm - 5pm

Short Story 1: Short Story Workshop
Short Story 1: Short Story Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 2nd, 6pm - 9pm

TV I: TV Pilot Workshop
TV I: TV Pilot Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Jun 3rd, 7pm - 10pm

Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting Workshop
Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting Workshop
Next start date:

Monday Jun 3rd, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Podcasting: Start Your Podcast
Podcasting: Start Your Podcast
Next start date:

Thursday Jun 6th, 7pm - 10pm

Memoir Advanced
Memoir Advanced
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 9th, 6pm - 9pm

TV: Character Driven Stories
TV: Character Driven Stories
Next start date:

Tuesday Jun 18th, 7pm - 10pm

Screenwriting III: A Master Screenwriting Workshop
Screenwriting III: A Master Screenwriting Workshop
Next start date:

Wednesday Jun 19th, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

TV Comedy Pitching
TV Comedy Pitching
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 16th, 7pm - 10pm

TV Drama Pitching: Sell It In the Room
TV Drama Pitching: Sell It In the Room
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 16th, 7pm - 10pm

NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
NY Times Worthy Personal Essay
Next start date:

Monday Jul 22nd, 7:30pm - 10:30pm

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Teachers at Writing Pad

A. Nicole Kelly Abigail Ulman Amber Benson Amelia Gray Anna Scott Annabelle Gurwitch Anthony King Antonio Sacre Ava Tramer Ava Tramer and Daniel McLellan Ben Loory BJ Robbins Bob Carlson Brett Paesel Brian Finkelstein Bronwyn Garrity Catherine Girardeau Cathryn Humphris Cecil Castellucci Chad Snopek Charlie Nicholson Chris Reed Chris Wu Christopher Reed Christopher Noxon Cindy Caponera Cole Kazdin Corey Rosen Craig Gerard Curtis Gwinn D.J. MacHale Dailyn Rodriguez Daisy Eagan Dan Gregor Daniel McLellan Daniel Wolfberg and Natalie Gergely Dara Resnick Creasey Dave Ross Dave Walsh David Boyer David Weinberg David Iserson David Babcock Davy Rothbart DC Pierson Debbie Weiss Debbie Weiss Dedi Felman Derek Taylor Kent Devanshi Patel Diana Spechler Don Diego Elise Capron Elna Baker Emmylou Diaz Eric Ziobrowski Eric Beetner Eric Hiss Erin Aubry Kaplan Evan Bellantone Everett Oliver Everett Oliver Everett Oliver Francesca Lia Block Geoff Silverman Grace Krilanovich Gretchen McNeil Heather Sundell Heather Anne Campbell Iris Bahr Isaac Aptaker J Ryan Stradal Jack Moore Jack Kukoda James Scott Bell Janine Salinas Jason Grote Jenia Fridlyand & Guest Artists Jenn Fujikawa Jennifer Brody Jessie Rosen Jessie Rosen & Kalliope Panagiotakos Jim Gavin John Skipp Joshua Corey Joyce Castellanos Kalle Mattila Karen Kirkland Karen Hall Katherine Taylor Kristine Huntley Laura Lacamara Lauren Gussis Lauren Weedman Lauren Strasnick Liana Aghajanian Lilla Zuckerman Lisa Jakub Liza Palmer Lou Perez Louisa Levy Louisa Hill Luis Godoy M Dickson Marc Cooper Marcos Gonzalez Marcos Gonzalez Margaret Wappler Margot Leitman Maria Mileaf Mathieu Cailler Matt Zinman Matt Zinman Matt Sumell Matteson Perry Matteson Perry & Melanie Marnich Matthew Specktor Maureen McHugh Melissa Chadburn Michael Saltzman Michael Cinquemani Miguel Ian Raya Mike Ellis Mike Benner Monica Holloway Natalie Gergely Natasha Vargas Cooper Nathan Varni Neil Katcher David Nadelberg Nikki Levy Nikki Levy Pam Murphy Pat Charles Patricia Carr Peter Iliff Philip Stark Rachel Bloom Rebecca Parks Fernandez Reyna Grande Rob Luchow Rob Fresco Rob Gokee Robbie Fox Robia Rashid Ron Koertge Royal Young Ryan McIlvain Sam Ernst Samir Mehta Sara Benincasa Sarah Tomlinson Sarah Maizes Sean Russell Shaina Shealy Smith Henderson Sophia Kercher Stacy Traub Steph Cha Stephanie Kornick Steven Peros Summer Block Kumar Suzanne Rivecca Tammy Delatorre Taylor Martindale Thao Le Thomas Fenton Tim Grierson Tiphanie Yanique Todd Waldman Trish Daly Victor Levin W. Peter Iliff Wayne Powers Wendy Lawless William Rabkin Zach Ayers Zoë Archer ​Tanya Rey
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