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TV Comedy 1: Pilot Writing Workshop

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Learn the secrets to developing a hit comedy show and creating memorable characters in the five-week Online TV Comedy Pilot Writing Workshop at Writing Pad. With guidance from an instructor who has worked on shows like Community and Superstore, you'll develop the formula for your own series and have everything you need to pitch it. Don't miss your chance to bring your comedic ideas to life!

(61) Beginner 16 and older
$525

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NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

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Learn the secrets to crafting a personal essay that's worthy of the New York Times in this online course. Discover the unspoken expectations, compelling hooks, and crystal-clear themes that will make your essay stand out. By the end, you'll have everything you need to submit your own kick-ass essay to the Big Apple.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$425

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TV Drama I: TV Drama Pilot Workshop

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Turn your brilliant TV drama idea into a page-turning script with Writing Pad's online class. Learn to craft a great logline, structure a compelling story, and plan a season arc that hooks the audience. Get ready to create an irresistible TV drama pilot!

(61) All levels 18 and older
$525

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Memoir 1: Memorable Memoir Workshop

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Turn your life's trials and tribulations into a captivating memoir with the guidance of Erika Schickel, LA Times bestselling author. Discover the secrets to infusing your memories with authenticity and creating a compelling emotional journey for your main character in this five-week online workshop. Unleash your writing potential and bring your story to life in this transformative course.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$475

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TV Comedy 2: TV Draft Writing

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Learn from TV comedy expert, Jack Kukoda, how to transform your beat sheets into a hilarious pilot script in this 8-week online workshop. Develop your characters, write an engaging opening scene, and turn your roadmap into literary gold. By the end, you'll be on your way to revising your first draft and creating an Emmy-worthy comedy.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$1,140

10 sessions

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TV III

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Refine your TV script word by word, line by line. Learn how to introduce characters, write a killer opening scene, and turn your first draft into literary gold in this advanced TV writing course. Take your career to the next level with the impeccable pilot script.

(61) Advanced 18 and older
$925

8 sessions

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TV I: TV Pilot Writing Workshop

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In this 5-week online workshop, you’ll learn how to craft a great logline, structure a captivating story, and plan a season arc that keeps the audience hooked. By the end of the class, and with the guidance of successful TV writer Steven Peros, you’ll have everything you need to pitch your TV pilot and take the industry by storm.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$525

5 sessions

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Resistance Smackdown: A Creative Writing Restoration

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Join Erika Schickel in conquering your inner critic and finding your writing groove in this empowering workshop at Writing Pad. Discover concrete tools to overcome resistance and establish a daily writing routine, while building a supportive network of fellow writers. Don't miss this opportunity to transform your writing life

(61) All levels 16 and older
$120
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TV Writers’ Assistant

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Gain insider knowledge and practical skills in the world of television writing with this course designed for aspiring writers looking to break into the industry.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$330

3 sessions

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TV Structure for Pilot Writing

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Master the essential principles of TV pilot writing and craft a compelling story with a rock-solid spine. Join TV writer Tyler Dinucci (American Gods, Drop Dead Diva) in this one-day structure clinic and launch your pilot firmly into the series. Don't miss your chance to put your TV series on firm footing!

(61) All levels 16 and older
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Screenwriting 101

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Learn the essential foundations of screenwriting in this online seminar. Gain insight into successful movie structure, character development, and generating impactful ideas. Start your journey into the world of screenwriting with this expert-led course.

(61) Beginner 16 and older
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TV II: TV Draft Writing

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Learn how to transform your TV pilot from a messy draft to a captivating masterpiece in this ten-week online workshop. Craft amazing outlines, write scenes with a clear beginning, middle, and end, and capture the imagination of readers with your storytelling skills. Join now and gain the confidence to finish your pilot with flair.

(61) Intermediate 16 and older
$997.50

7 sessions

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Humor Writing

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Unleash your comedic genius and get your funny bone tickled by Chas Gillespie, a seasoned humorist, in this five-week online class. Master the art of crafting hilarious pieces that are ready for publication, whether it's political satire, comic monologues, or witty lists. Join Writing Pad and let your comedic voice shine!

(61) Intermediate 18 and older
$425

5 sessions

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Screenwriting II: An Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

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Learn from veteran screenwriter Chris Reed and take your screenplay to the next level in this 5-week online workshop. Discover the secrets to creating emotionally compelling stories, engaging characters, and snappy dialogue. By the end, you'll have a much more complete understanding of what makes a great script great.

(61) Advanced 16 and older
$480

5 sessions

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Short Story 1: Short Story Writing Workshop

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Learn the secrets of crafting a brilliant, heartfelt short story about the human condition in this 5-week online workshop. Discover how to create engaging characters, develop a compelling plot, and avoid common writing mistakes. By the end, you'll have a polished publication-ready story and a plan for submitting it to reputable publishers.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$425

5 sessions

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NY Times Worthy Article

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Learn the secret techniques for securing a feature article in the prestigious New York Times in this seven-week online class. Discover how to approach the article, pitch editors, find experts, and check your sources, all while honing your writing skills. Join the ranks of published writers who have sold their work to top publications.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$425

5 sessions

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Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting

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Learn from veteran screenwriter Chris Reed and turn your movie ideas into a killer script. Discover the secrets of story structure, character development, and formatting in this online screenwriting class. Don't miss your chance to break into the industry and avoid rookie mistakes.

(61) Beginner 16 and older
$480

5 sessions

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Novel I: Intro to Novel Writing Workshop

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Learn the fundamentals of long-form fiction in this five-week online workshop. Novelist Jennifer Brody will guide you through creating a thrilling story arc, developing characters, and crafting irresistible dialogue. Bring your own novel and receive targeted feedback every session!

(61) Beginner 18 and older
$425

5 sessions

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TV Fellowship Bootcamp

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In the TV Fellowship Bootcamp at Writing Pad, you'll learn from industry expert Paola Limon and master the art of crafting a compelling personal story that will make you stand out in the grueling fellowship application process. Don't miss your chance to break through the sound barrier and join the ranks of successful TV writers.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$260

2 sessions

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Memoir 2: Memorable Memoir Workshop

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Turn your life's twists and turns into compelling stories! Join this engaging online workshop and learn the secrets of crafting a memorable memoir. Gain insights into subtext, structure, dialogue techniques, and more, as you infuse your fascinating memories with authenticity and personality.

(61) All levels 16 and older
$495

5 sessions

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(4.5-star rating across 61 reviews)
  • Memoir 101: Memoir Essentials with Laura Cathcart Robbins

    Anonymous review on 1/17/2024
    Instructor actually published a memoir that sold very well. She shared tips that we could use immediately and was open with her story and her process. Respectful when class read stories and offered great commentary.
  • Screenwriting 101

    Reviewed by Jaclyn G. on 11/7/2022
    Very informative and inspirational! Highly recommend.
  • Memoir 101: Memoir Essentials with Laura Cathcart Robbins

    Reviewed by Joanne M. on 2/8/2022
    It was good to have exercises and not just consist of lectures from the instructor. I would've enjoyed more participants sharing their writing.
  • TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar

    Reviewed by Jennifer s. on 12/13/2021
    This was my first zoom experience but will not be my last. I am already looking into which class to take next. I learned quite a bit and he gave steps to take now if someone wanted to be a tv writer.
  • TV Drama I: TV Drama Pilot Workshop

    Reviewed by Aneta M. on 7/19/2021
    This was THE BEST CLASS I ever took. Ryan is an excellent teacher. His passion and dedication to what he does is extremely contagions. At the end of each class none of us wanted to leave. Ryan always stayed after class to answer all our questions. We all felt very saddened that the class ended and suggested that he should also teach TV Drama II.
  • Story Structure

    Reviewed by Lisa M. on 3/16/2021
    Excellent instructor, well-formatted, learned so much in 3 hours! Highly recommend.
  • Literary Novel 101

    Anonymous review on 1/17/2021
    Excellent for someone who had no background and is curious about writing a novel. Great class dynamic.
  • Book Proposal I: An Online Book Proposal

    Reviewed by Doug C. on 12/16/2020
    Nicky was an absolutely fantastic instructor! The course was everything I had hoped for and more.
  • Memoir 1: Memorable Memoir Workshop

    Anonymous review on 3/22/2020
    This course was a gift from my family for which I am very grateful. By profession, a prolific writer of policy analysis, media releases, political speeches, and legislative presentations, I had never attempted memoir writing. Our instructor is an accomplished, published author of two memoirs as well as a stage and television actor. She clearly grasps her craft. Her teaching style, though sometimes brusque - even a bit Socratic - communicates her criticisms cogently. Still, class/instructor give and take was often truncated by her cutting it off mid-sentence - almost as if she was expecting a taxi to show up any minute. The bottom line is that I am a better writer thanks to her and my classmates.
  • Podcasting 1: Start Your Podcast

    Reviewed by Jennifer W. on 9/14/2019
    It was very informative and Anna Scott was a great instructor. I learned a ton and can't wait to start my podcast.
  • Memoir 1: Memorable Memoir Workshop

    Anonymous review on 8/3/2019
    Love it! Learned so much!
  • NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

    Anonymous review on 6/24/2019
    An amazing class - really got a lot out of it. One note - the last class is a 20 minute 1:1 with the teacher. I would've liked to have a longer 1:1 session but I was able to develop my Personal Essay skills exponentially in a matter of a few weeks.
  • NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

    Reviewed by Ann D. on 6/19/2019
    She is great! Good content, Process and outcomes. Highly recommend!
  • TV 101: TV Writing Fundamentals Seminar

    Reviewed by Brionna T. on 5/20/2019
    Overall great class. Learned so much in such a brief amount of time. I would’ve loved to learn more about log lines, and an example of a pitch. Overall, amazing experience. I’ve already signed up for additional classes.
  • NY Times Worthy Personal Essay

    Anonymous review on 4/10/2019
    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

    Reviewed by Robyn H. on 9/16/2018
    Enjoyed the class very much and thought the teacher was great. I would definitely do another class with Brett.
  • TV Spec 2: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

    Reviewed by Brad G on 4/3/2018
    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 Spec 2: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

    Reviewed by Sasha F on 4/3/2018
    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 Spec 2: TV Spec Draft Writing Workshop

    Reviewed by Matthew L on 4/3/2018
    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

    Reviewed by Constance K on 4/3/2018
    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.
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