Vietnam vacation

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

Relieved the holidays are over? Not so fast. Where did you go for your winter break and why? More Americans than ever drove their cars instead of flying this year and Antonia followed suit. At the last minute, she decided to cancel her flight. She took a 12 hour road trip with the boyfriend up the coast to northern California through pouring rain, enchanting wine country and then a winding, dark wet forest towards the beckoning waves of Samoa Beach. Antonia spent the holiday season hanging out with her family,  devouring crab in a boatyard where her Step dad restores ships, and playing blackjack at an Indian Casino.

Impromptu restaurants and moped parking in Hanoi

Marilyn and Jeff went to Vietnam of all places (a 15 hour flight away from LA that was well worth the pain). They leapfrogged all over this vibrant country and even spent a little time in Siem Riep. She started out in bustling Ho Chi Minh city where she had to cross

Work of art pork buns in Hanoi
Best Banh Mi Ever in Hoi An (Quay Banh My Bakery Phuong)

But Writing Pad has the best treats of all because our classes not only make your literary dreams come true, they won’t add an inches to your waistline! In fact, someone once told Marilyn that writing burns calories, and she would really like to believe that. (promotional paragraph here)

Note: classes with an asterix (*) will be held at our new, posh Westside location in Westwood!

Stories That Sell: Ideas Clinic For Magazines and Newspapers*

Children’s and YA Writing
It’s Playtime: Writing for Kids (5 Week)

Creative Writing and Multi Genre
So You Want To Be A Writer
Finishing School*
Literary Games: Crafting the Conceptual Story*
Fiction, Memoir, and Romance
Memorable Memoir Bootcamp: Make Your True Tales Thrilling 
Cabinet of Curiosities: A Surreal Fiction Workshop
A Novel Approach: Tackling The Long Format Writing ProjectWriting In Series: Crafting Stories That Keep On Telling
Structure, Structure, Structure: Building The Foundation For A Killer Book or Movie*
Literary Games: Crafting the Conceptual Story*
I Love You Silly: Crafting The Perfect Romance
Fiction Bootcamp: Mastering The Art of the Tale Tale*

Journalism, Personal Essay and Web Writing
You’ve Been Featured: Writing For Magazines or Newspapers*Say It Isn’t So: A Storytelling Class*
• From Cheng Du to Timbuktu: Writing The Road Less Traveled (3 Day Intensive)
So You Want To Be A Freelancer*
Hook Ups, Break Ups, And Missed Connections: Writing The Relationship Essay*
Story Time: A Performed Essay Workshop
Query Letter Clinic: Writing The Pitch That Sells Your Story
You in 1200 Words: Writing and Publishing The Personal Essay*

Get Your Book Published Intensive* 
How To Hook An Agent* 

Playwriting and Writing for Actors
From The Page To The Stage: A One-Person Show Workshop*
Say It Isn’t So: A Storytelling Class*
Story Time: A Performed Essay Workshop

•Business Time: A Screenwriter’s Survival Skills Workshop
Dr. Edís Development Bootcamp: The Ten Page Workout*
Dream It, Write It, Pitch It: Screenwriting Bootcamp
Structure, Structure, Structure: Building The Foundation For A Killer Book or Movie*
Punch It Up: Polishing Your TV Pilot (or Spec Script)
Dr. Ed’s Development Bootcamp: A Script Doctor Workshop*

Where did you land this Christmas and New Years? Did you go home or avoid home at all costs? What were some details of your trip and what will you always remember?  Then post your ten minute write in the comments of this blog to get entered into the contest for a free class!