Elana Golden

Teaches at The Writing Studio

ELANA GOLDEN, MA, screenwriter, director, educator, founded the Writing Studio™ in 2000, and has taught since then over 4000 classes and workshops in the US and abroad to hundreds of new and experienced writers from diverse backgrounds and cultures. A student of eastern philosophy and meditation, peace and human-rights activist, Elana creates workshops that nurture the soul and are an exceptional educational experience in the art of creative writing. Elana holds a BFA in film from New York University and an MA in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Reviews of Elana Golden

(32 Reviews)
Creative Writing Weekly

6/27/2019
Jesse N.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Love Elana love her class love the other students. Nothing not to love!

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

6/16/2019
Sharon C.

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Sharon C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

5/30/2019
Phoebe P.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


I was looking for something casual and welcoming in a class. I’ve had trouble even journaling, but Elena offers just enough guidance and her non-judgmental attitude relaxes me. It’s not a classroom setting, but there is some serious creativity from others, and I leave feeling lighter, inspired, and excited to write.

Creative Writing Weekly

5/8/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

4/26/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

3/24/2019
Rhonda W.

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Elana and all of the writing participants felt like an extension of myself! I thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s style of writing. Really appreciated the well-planned flow of the entire day with Elana’s precise and careful feedback after each writing segments! I did not have any fixed expectations as my first writing workshop and truly walked away more in love with my literary potential! SPECIAL THANKS TO ELANA‼️

Creative Writing Weekly

1/26/2019
Gwen H.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


The teacher is great - no bullshit - she is the real deal. She has great ideas every time I go to class.

Creative Writing Weekly

8/3/2018
Donald S.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


It was good but not for me

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

7/29/2018
Christine O.

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Christine O. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

7/3/2018
Barbara K.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


I have been looking for a writing course that had more personal focus, time to write, and time for feedback. I love the reflection time as well. Feedback is supportive, expansive, opening and encouraging. Going back to continue, as I had been stalled for awhile. This course has me reinspired and excited about writing and discovering what arises from our creative well.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

6/30/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Anonymous gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

5/25/2018
sheva r.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


sheva r. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

4/29/2018
Karin N.

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Karin N. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

3/25/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

2/3/2018
Nataliya D.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Elana is a great teacher. I found her meditations and short readings inspirational. She pushed me to keep going with my writing and gave me some ideas for a plot and main characters development.

Creative Writing Weekly

1/24/2018
Valerie R.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Valerie R. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

5/4/2017
Jill I.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Jill I. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

4/23/2017
Matt W.

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Matt W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

9/17/2016
Nikole Severance

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


I have worked with Elana in her Writing Studio for several years, My writing skills have flourished under Elana's gentle, encouraging and inspired tutelage. She is a truly talented writer, editor, mentor and writing coach. Going to one of her writing classes or spending a day in a private session is like going away to a spiritual retreat. I cannot recommend her highly enough and would give her ten stars is that was available!

Creative Writing Weekly

9/16/2016
Kristen Leahy

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Elana creates a space of sacred freedom where the creative soul inside of you cannot help but come alive. Her words of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration have helped me get in touch with the writer and creative being that I always wanted to be, but didn’t believe that I could be. I have written in Elana’s presence hundreds of times in the past 11 years, and every time I am surprised by what comes out. With Elana’s help I have learned to trust my own creative process, to find and love my own unique voice, and to tell the stories that want to be told. These stories have been sometimes painful, sometimes joyful, sometimes difficult, and always healing.

Creative Writing Weekly

9/14/2016
Michael Glock Ph.D.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Elana has a rare talent to connect you to your own myths. In a strange and magical way she holds a still space in her place that allows you to plumb the depths of your own life, revealing, perhaps for the first time, a rich tapestry, with characters, heroes and heroines and story arcs. Suddenly, it seems you are writing literature! Elana is a gift, see her, work with her.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

9/13/2016
Sherry McCoy

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


I thoroughly enjoyed Elana's Creative Writing Workshop! I was able to dive deep and write from my heart because of the encouragement I received in the workshop. This support and guidance was provided by Elana to all the students taking the class. At the end of the day, I was delighted at what I had achieved, and touched by what others had shared in their writings. I came away realizing how much we all have in common, despite having come from very diverse backgrounds. I highly recommend Elana's Creative Writing Workshop! Five stars!

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

9/13/2016
Erik Liberman

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Phenomenal storywriting odyssey - from conception to birth - over the course of a deeply fulfilling day. I love and highly recommend Elana's classes to everyone hungry to share the unsung stories of their heart.

Creative Writing Weekly

9/9/2016
Diane Del Valle Propster

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


I began taking this class after the death of my stepmother, an event that exposed secrets that could never be completely understood or explained. I felt I needed to explore the feeling involved in this complex, painful relationship. Elana provided a warm, welcoming, accepting atmosphere that eliminated any anxiety or writers block. After writing extensively about my stepmother, Elana guided me into other early facets of my life. After extensive exploration of my relationships, both early and later in my life, I became interested in a historic figure and decided I wanted to try my hand at writing a historic novel. Again Elana provided the encouragement, positive feedback and perceptive observations about my writing that allowed me to attempt this complex task. I am reaching the end of this draft and hoping to have the novel in finished form soon. I owe this all to Elana's skillful guidance. I highly recommend this class for autobiographic explorations or working on creative projects like screen plays or novels. She is extremely knowledgeable having work for many years in the film industry. Her extensive experience in all facets of the industry makes her an excellent teacher.

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

9/8/2016
Syd Yang

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


What a great class! I really appreciate the space that Elana holds for her students, always encouraging us to journey further along the edges and deeper into the undergrowth of the stories we are calling into being. The other writers in the space were incredibly welcoming and helped me tap into new facets of confidence as well. The loving energy that Elana nurtures in her classes is a powerful writing elixir!

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

9/8/2016
Kim Clark

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


Elana is my muse. Being new to creative writing and thus needing guidance, inspiration and encouragement, I was thrilled to discover this personal Calliope who provides all this and more in a beautiful serene and supportive environment. As they say, when the student is ready the teacher will come. Her commitment to her students is full and unending and she provides a safe place to dive deep and reveal the story that must be told. I am discovering new worlds through Elana's brilliant mastery of coaxing creativity to flourish and shine through my words. Who knew I had it in me? She did!

Saturday Creative Writing Workshop

9/8/2016
Karine Armen

Attended: Saturday Creative Writing Workshop


I need structure to write. It's challenging to be self-disciplined. During the last few years I have taken many Saturday workshops from Elana. She starts with a positive attitude and mediation. After each break we read our writing pieces and she gives feedback encouraging us to add more detail. Elana has encouraged me to go deep and write about many issues. She was the one who told me to write about my grandmother's experience during the Armenian Genocide. I published that story in a self-help book to bring understanding of my mother's writings and my background how I went to social work, photography, and teaching. Elana is a catalyst to bring out our life stories. I really enjoy going to her writing workshops. Also, she cooks wonderful vegetarian dishes. Her apartment is cozy and inviting.

Creative Writing Weekly

9/29/2015
gold m.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


gold m. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing Weekly

5/26/2015
Rebecca J.

Attended: Creative Writing Weekly


Rebecca J. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing: Memoir & Fiction Weekends

3/21/2015
Jasmine S.

Attended: Creative Writing: Memoir & Fiction Weekends


Jasmine S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing: Memoir & Fiction Weekends

12/29/2014
Anonymous

Attended: Creative Writing: Memoir & Fiction Weekends


Anonymous gave this class 2 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Creative Writing: Memoir & Fiction Weekends

12/28/2014
Lisa R.

Attended: Creative Writing: Memoir & Fiction Weekends


Lisa R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.