HOW IS A WRITING PAD CLASS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR TYPICAL WRITING CLASS?
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.
  • Gourmet snacks and tea.
  • 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.

WHAT IS WRITING PAD’S 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.

 

HOW ARE WRITING PAD CLASSES STRUCTURED?
Every class has a different balance of in-class writing, craft talks, and workshopping. Classes typically run for three hours and include brief social breaks accompanied by assorted teas and gourmet snacks.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF WRITING PAD CLASSES ARE FOR ME?
One or more of the following applies to you:

  • You like to write.
  • You’ve always wanted to write or write more often.
  • You’re struggling with writer’s block.
  • You want to take your writing to the next level.

Experienced and beginning writers of all genres are welcome: fiction, screenplays, personal essays, poetry, memoir, etc.

 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Click the “Buy Now” button at the bottom of the class description, email marilyn@writingpad.com, or call 323.333.2954. A payment is required at the time of sign up to hold your place. Classes typically max out at twelve students but some classes are smaller.

 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Writing Pad East is located in a nice neighborhood at the corner of 7th Street and Santa Fe Ave. in downtown Los Angeles with plenty of free parking right outside our building. It is a new, hip loft district that includes the fancy restaurant Church and State and lofts owned by celebrities Kevin Spacey and Vincent Gallo. You can easily get to us from all parts of LA since we are close to several highways including the 10, 101, and the 5.

 

Writing Pad West is located in Westwood (Wilshire Corridor) close to Wilshire Blvd. and Beverly Glen. There is also a lot of free parking near this location.

 

Detailed directions will be provided via a confirmation email when you sign up for class.

 

We also offer online classes and retreats in Southern California and occasional classes in San Francisco.

 

WHAT IS YOUR SIGN UP AND CANCELLATION POLICY?
Once you sign up for class, you are agreeing to pay in full, even if you have chosen a payment plan. If you can’t come to class, call or email us as far in advance as possible. We will do everything we can to fill your spot, but we can’t make any guarantees. Refund eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your refund request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $10 processing fee. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing marilyn@writingpad.com or calling 323.333.2954.

 

HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH A LIVE PERSON IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Email marilyn@writingpad.com or call 323.333.2954.