Writing Prompt: Childhood Fears Realized

by Theresa Miller
 
With my eyes closed all I can see is rust and mold. The walls are slimy and wet. I start to run and am yanked back by a giant ball of hair stuck to a jagged edge. Not knowing who or what else was...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Family Ties

by Theresa Miller
 
As most people who were conscious during the 1980s know, Family Ties centered around two former hippies who’s progressive ideas clashed with their more conservative, materialistic children. Although I was too young to have grown up watching the show, I can completely relate to...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Spring Has Sprung, Unfortunately

by Theresa Miller
 
April showers bring May *shudder*. The thing that most people love about spring is the thing I hate most about it: the flowers. Beyond the fact that I find nothing particularly beautiful about them, they require a frightful amount of tending-to, are awkward when...Read More »


Writing Prompt: For Shame...

by Theresa Miller
 
Our teacher, Mr. Walden, had it coming. He’d sent me to the principal’s office one too many times, and my best friend and I were looking for revenge; for the countless times he’d kick me out of class and for the potent, knockoff cologne...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Your Movie Character Walks Into A Bar

by Theresa Miller
 
We arrive at the bar and I see that the decor is 19th century Gothic revival, not Rococo as my idiotic but extremely attractive girlfriend, Lydia, had mentioned. The walls don’t complement the pattern in my tie. I want to break her arm. Embarrassed...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Rant!

by Theresa Miller
 
I’d like to talk to you about a serious subject. About the desecration of a sacred tradition. I see it everywhere: on street corners, in restaurants, at work. It has infiltrated our beloved church picnics, our graduation parties, and our Fourth of July celebrations....Read More »


Writing Prompt: Your Teenage Obsession

by Theresa Miller
 
I thought about them constantly. Whether with friends, family, or at school, I longed for my next fix. I was obsessed… with Weezer. The first time I heard “Say It Ain’t So” I got on my floor and wrote Rivers Cuomo the longest fan...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Mr./Ms. Wrong

by Theresa Miller
 
He was 6 foot 4 and gorgeous. The type of gorgeous that could make a rational, self-respecting Writing Pad intern make excuses for bad behavior. We met in acting class. After strategically distracting the other smitten women in the group with what amounted to...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Snap Shot Moment

By Desiree Ross

 

You know the old saying: a picture is worth a thousand words. And it’s true! With the click of a button and a blinding flash, a brief moment can be frozen for a lifetime, creating some of our most cherished, hilarious, or unwanted memories. But in the...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Traveling Misadventures

By Abbey Hester

 

Traveling is the worst, am I right? Sure, there are some good parts: the sunset from the plane window, the unexpectedly cool pit stop on the side of the road, the pure joy of people-watching at the airport. But traveling is an adventure, and sometimes adventure...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Your Favorite Local Hideout

by Theresa Miller
 
I can be kind of cynical. So imagine my surprise when I was thoroughly captivated by an LA coffee shop. My little writing cove, my favorite hideout is The Bourgeois Pig. It’s nestled in a corner on Franklin Avenue in Echo Park. I grumbled...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Horrible Bosses

By Paula Sword Orr

 

He warned me that I would come crawling back if I ever left him, but leave I did and I never looked back. He wasn’t a lover or even a friend. He was the other guy: the horrible boss. Unless you’ve always been self-employed or...Read More »


Writing Prompt: The Gift That Got Away

By Lorinda Toledo

You know that toy you wanted really, really bad when you were a kid? That thing you begged your parents for but never got?

 

When you’re a kid, not getting the gift you’ve prayed and hoped for can be a bit traumatic. To this day — nearly...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Embarassing Holiday Party Moments

By Lorinda Toledo

It was an ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Or at least it was supposed to be.

 

As it turned out, I was the only one who actually showed up wearing an ugly Christmas sweater. Everyone else showed up looking like they were ready for the VIP list at...Read More »


Writing Prompt: The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dish

By Dalia Martinez

Food is going to be on our minds next week. My family usually has more than one dinner to attend. Therefore, I start dieting now.

 

Before you head for your food coma and start your holiday shopping, you may have a project to attend to: a book,...Read More »


The Moment of Change

By Dalia Martinez

 

 

As a kid, there were many times when my sense of safety was shattered. Our car was broken into, my friend’s dog was stolen and I witnessed more than one car accident. But the point of no return came when a heroine addict broke into my...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Guilty Pleasures

 

By Lorinda Toledo

 

It’s the season of some of my favorite guilty pleasures – pumpkin pie and apple cider. But mostly, it’s the time of the year when I look forward to catching up with a few of my favorite people — Piper Chatman, Tim Riggins, and Walter White.

 

That’s right, when...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Ghost Encounters

By Dalia Martinez

It’s happened more than a few times. I sense someone behind me but when I turn around no one is there. While I consider myself a modern woman of science and logic, there are times when I cannot find a logical explanation for...Read More »


Writing Prompt: The Best Years of Your Life

By Dalia Martinez

 

For this week’s writing prompt, think of the best years of your life. Write down what year that was a part of (e.g. 1982). Make a list of sensory details (smell, taste, sound, touch) that were part of that...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Tell Your Wild and Crazy Story

By Lorinda Toledo

You know who I mean. It’s that guy or girl who has everyone at the party hanging on their every word. Just the way he tells a story makes him seem so attractive, so magnetic, yet…relatable.


I’ve never...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Voicing Your Opinion

By Dalia Martinez

Just say it! That’s one of the bold red notes I got from a college teacher once. I’ve always been one of those who struggled to get my opinion out. It’s not that I didn’t have one. But I was taught that voicing...Read More »


Writing Prompt: First Literary Crush

By Dalia Martinez


He was in his early 40s. I was 15. It was 2 a.m., and my mom caught me enthralled with him. Atlanta was burning, Melanie was in labor and Scarlett had to get them out because the Yankees were coming. He stole...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Office Romance

By Dalia Martinez
Peggy and Pete did it. Don and Megan did it. Joan and Roger did it. As for me? Guilty. For those who spend forty-plus hours dwelling in cubicles, workplace romances are not that unusual. Yes, they have potential for ending badly. But if...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Getting Over Someone

By Dalia Martinez

Summer’s officially ending this week. It’s okay if you’re feeling nostalgic, remembering that first kiss at camp or maybe the summer your true love turned into your greatest heartbreak. Not all summer’s are so easy to get over. In the movie “500 Days...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Your Inner Child

By Lorinda Toledo

Remember the fun times and big dreams you had when you were a kid?
 
Grown-ups don’t get it, with all of their rules. Kids just want to have a good time. Sometimes this leads to riding bikes a little farther than...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Your Favorite Vacation Spot

By Dalia Martinez

After traveling around, you’ve reached the conclusion that one place prevails above all others. Only you understand why Fort-de-France Bay during the late summer is where sand castle dreams are built. 

Some of us are wired differently. Lounging like sand crabs on an...Read More »


Writing Prompt Next Week

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s January and gyms are packed to the gills. My favorite cafe is crowded with writers tapping on their iPads. The reason? It’s New Year’s Resolution time and I refuse to be left behind. My alarm is set to ring a half hour...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Embarrassing Moments


By Dalia Martinez

No! I can’t! It’s too embarrassing. You’ll never see me in the same light. What? You really want to know? For the sake of this blog (and for your eyes ONLY) I’ll tell you about one of the most embarrassing moments ever.

But,...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Good Party Stories

Meet Dalia, WP Event Manager

By Dalia Martinez

Summer’s almost over! School’s around the corner and pretty soon you’ll be bragging about where you got those sexy tan lines. Before you unpack those suitcases (come on, it’s been three weeks already!) we’re asking you to...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Strange Characters



By Marilyn Friedman and Alana Saltz

We can’t believe that it’s the middle of August already! Don’t forget that we still have some great classes to help you keep moving forward on your writing projects this summer. We’ve listed the classes that we...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Favorite Summer Destination

By Marilyn Friedman and Alana Saltz
We’re winding down for the summer, but we still have a few fantastic classes and events to engage your creative brilliance this summer. Scroll down for your writing prompt. Hope to see you soon! I’ll be posting the September classes shortly....Read More »

Writing Prompt: Funny Dating Stories

By Marilyn Friedman and Lorinda Toledo

We’re so excited! A Night of Sexy Stories at Writing Pad is almost here! Join us  for an evening of hilarious tales about love, relationships, and sex performed by writers who are also successful actors!

DC Pierson (“Community,” “Weeds”), Lauren Weedman (“Hung”,...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Summer Tradition

By Marilyn Friedman

Fourth of July is almost here! My last class for a whole week is tomorrow night, and I can’t wait to have a little unfettered free time to write. I hope that you enjoy your holiday, and when you are done with the...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Dream Job

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s the last week to enter the comment contest for the best May/June story. So please sit down for ten minutes to write a story in the comments of any of the prompts from the last two months! I can’t wait to see...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Good Things Come In Small Packages

By Marilyn Friedman

We had an amazing TV Horror panel last Friday! 60 people heard Tim Minear, Lee Shipman, and Angela Kang share some very interesting stories about American Horror Story, Hemlock Grove, and The Walking Dead. Click here for pictures! 

And,...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Silly Personal Ad

We need Wonder Woman’s
special boots to get
through this week!

By Marilyn Friedman and Alana Saltz


Last week was a hectic and wonderful week for Marilyn! She got an essay published on Salon. Hooray! This week’s prompt is inspired by...Read More »

Writing Prompt: I Love BBQ

The crowd at our “Mad Men” panel
By Marilyn Friedman

60 people attended our TV Drama panel last Friday. It was a fantastic event with “Mad Men” writers Michael Saltzman and Jason Grote and “Monk”‘s Bill Rabkin!

For yet another thrilling Friday night, join...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Mom When She Was Young

By Marilyn Friedman

I’m so excited about our Major Drama panel this Friday, May 17th with “Mad Men” writers Michael Saltzman, Jason Grote, and Bill Rabkin of “Psych” and “Monk”! I hope you can make it.

By the way, now that it’s a...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Irresistible But Inappropriate Love Interests

By Marilyn Friedman

Spring Break is over so I’m trying to hunker down and write in spite of my never ending pile of work. Last week, I took two essay classes and one memoir class that lit a fire under my bootie. They helped...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Recurring Dream Images

By Marilyn Friedman and Alana Saltz

We had an awesome YA fiction panel last Friday! In case you missed it, we’ll share some of the great advice Francesca Lia Block, Lauren Strasnick, and Robin Benway gave us. They agreed that in order to be successful as...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Stupid Things You Did As A Teen

By Marilyn Friedman

It was so busy at Writing Pad last week! On Thursday night, we had a full house at our Short Story Panel with Ben Loory, Mary Otis, and Amelia Gray. It was such an inspiring event! One of my...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Errbody's Getting Tipsy!

By Marilyn Friedman

Thank you to everyone who came out to Writers With Drinks at Tony’s Downtown Saloon last Tuesday night! Libations and conversation flowed freely, and it was a smashing success. In fact, today’s writing prompt (at the bottom of the post)...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Favorite Place To De-stress

By Marilyn Friedman

Sometimes, amidst the never-ending to-do lists and carting myself from Writing Pad East to Writing Pad West in bumper to bumper traffic, I have a moment of clarity and realize, “I NEED TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS CITY FOR A MINUTE!”

Writing Prompt: Cartoon Characters

Anime Marilyn By Jeff Bernstein


By Marilyn Friedman and Alana Saltz


Do you remember how wonderfully lazy Saturday mornings were when you were a kid? As a child, Marilyn would wander downstairs in her PJ’s at around 9 or 10...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Strange Stress Coping Mechanisms

By Marilyn Friedman and Alana Saltz

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a crazy week. I just returned from a slow paced weekend in the Bay Area visiting family and have been thrust into the vortex of too much work. Yesterday, I devoured...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Favorite Winter Activity

By Marilyn Friedman

I keep thinking that the cold weather is over, and then we have days like today where I have to unearth my warmest scarf, flip on the heat, and drink one hot beverage after another to keep warm.

At least we’re not...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Photo credit: Inspirational Daily

By Marilyn Friedman

Yesterday was  Valentine’s Day and love was in the air. Balloons, flower, chocolate, and sticky sweet sentiments permeated the streets. While St. Valentine is best known for watching over lovers, he’s also the patron saint of beekeepers,...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Live Your Dream in 2013


My preferred workout: lounging.

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s January and gyms are packed to the gills. My favorite cafe is crowded with writers tapping on their iPads. The reason? It’s New Year’s resolution time, and I refuse to be...Read More »

DRAFT WRITING PROMPT

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

An opening paragraph that ties into the theme of the writing prompt:
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 ...Read More »


Winter Break Free Writing Prompt

Reuinification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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...Read More »


Your Favorite Relative: Writing Prompt and Gift Suggestions

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

Stressed out by the holidays already? Here’s a writing prompt to loosen those shoulder knots. Family visits can be stressful and fattening, but they can also be a time to build sweet memories and remember happier times....Read More »


Here Comes Family Writing Prompt

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

Thanksgiving is a time of family which, for some, means a smorgasbord of suffering and trauma and for others, a time of cozy snuggling and full tummies. For me, it’s somewhere in between my Dad’s emotionally reticent...Read More »


Prompt 4 (Change)

By Marilyn Friedman and Kelly Smith

Speaking of motivation, we have a bunch of classes starting this week that will help you find the best, most productive writer inside of you. Showcase yourself as a writer! Craft an essay that will mystify an audience in Moth Me Baby starting this Sun.,...Read More »


Comfort Food Writing Prompt and Recommendations

By Marilyn Friedman

Last week, it started to get pitch black at 5 p.m. every day, and the weather finally cooled off. Although I’m not a fan of the early darkness, I am enjoying the chillier weather and the excuse to light my fireplace and excavate...Read More »


Entertainment Recommendations and Writing Prompt: Truth Telling Objects

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

I love going to movies. It’s a fun way to study storytelling craft while also relaxing and taking a mental vacation. Hands down, the best place to watch a movie is the Arclight Hollywood (you...Read More »


Prompt 5 (Lovin' the Fat)

Speaking of motivation, we have a bunch of classes starting this week that will help you find the best, most productive writer inside of you. Showcase yourself as a writer! Craft an essay that will mystify an audience in Moth Me Baby starting this Sun., Oct. 21 with Pinata curator and Pushcart...Read More »

Prompt 3 (Monster Under the Bed)

TIP
Speaking of motivation, we have a bunch of classes starting this week that will help you find the best, most productive writer inside of you. Showcase yourself as a writer! Craft an essay that will mystify an audience in Moth Me Baby starting this Sun., Oct. 21 with Pinata...Read More »

Favorite Cafes and Meaningful Words Writing Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

Sometimes you just need a change of venue to get those creative juices flowing. I love writing in cafes. I escape the distractions of home and indulge in cafe latte’s and tasty treats. These LA cafes have plenty of outlets, comfortable seating, and...Read More »


LA Storytelling Shows and Inherited Trait Writing Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

Wow, I blinked, and we are only two days away from October. How did that happen? Do I always say that?

I have been very busy loading up the fall schedule with fantastic classes on both East and West sides of LA, my dears....Read More »


Welcome To Fall and Writing Prompt: Memorable Hotels

By Marilyn Friedman


I don’t know what you did over the past few days, but Mr. Writing Pad and I had a busy Labor Day weekend that included some of my favorite summer activities: grilling steak and corn with friends, long writing sessions inside with...Read More »

Chicago and LA Restaurant Picks and Home Town Writing Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman
Me, Top Chef Winner, Stephanie Izard, and Mr. Writing Pad


I can’t believe that it’s August already! I don’t know what you’ve been up to, but I’ve spent the last week and a half with my family...Read More »


Literary Vacations and Writing Prompt: What's In The Refrigerator?

By Marilyn Friedman

August is vacation time for a lot of you. Last August, I went to Russia and the Ukraine had my own, self-designed Russian literary vacation. Visiting Tolstoy’s estate, Chekhov’s Dacha, and Dostoevsky’s apartment was so inspiring. For instance, I...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Best Thing About Childhood

By Marilyn Friedman and Kelly Smith

This weekend at the Pad, we’re getting down to business! Literary agents Elise Capron of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and Jennifer Rofe of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency will be teaching How To Hook An Agent. If...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Things I Regret

By Marilyn Friedman

Sorry that I have been remiss with the writing prompts for a couple of weeks! I went on vacation to the deep South and had the privilege of touring Savannah and the Mercer-Williams House (subject of the fantastic book and movie, “Midnight In...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Fireworks

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s almost the 4th of July! When you’re done overloading on BBQ and return from your Independence Day getaways, we have some fantastic classes to make your summer the best it can be. On July 9 and 10, Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s teaching her...Read More »


Summer Fun Writing Prompt

By Lizzie Vance and Marilyn Friedman

Now that the month of June is here (and the warm weather is being coy), it’s time to switch gears and go on our summer adventures–even if it’s only on the page. We have a lot of fun activities planned...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Memorable Concerts

By Marilyn Friedman

I am very excited to announce that Writing Pad is offering several classes on the Westside of LA in June! Join us for these five classes in Culver City:

You In 1200 Words: Writing and Publishing The Personal Essay
•...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Motherly Talents

By Marilyn Friedman

How is it May already? Don’t let Spring pass you by without treating yourself to a class at Writing Pad! Starting this Saturday, I am teaching a new round of So You Want To Be A Writer and Read More »


Writing Prompt: What did you eat for lunch as a kid?

By Marilyn Friedman

How is it May already? Spring is zipping by as quickly as a Mazarati

This Thursday at Writing Pad, we’re very excited to offer another section of Victor Levin’s (“Mad About You,” “Win A Date With Tad Hamilton”) very popular Trouble and Rapture:...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Childhood Lunch

By Marilyn Friedman

I’m glad to see that you survived tax week. Now that you have that fat refund check in your hot, little hands (I hope) it’s time to invest in your writing dreams with terrific classes that could be tax deductible! Also, since you’re...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Games and Poetry

By Marilyn Friedman

I hope that you are enjoying your April so far. Did you know that it’s National Poetry month? The free writing prompt  below will help you find your inner poet, even if you didn’t know that you had one!

Next week at Writing Pad,...Read More »


Writing Prompt: A Few Of My Favorite Spring Things

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s another lovely day in La La Land. I am delighted to see pastel candies popping up at my favorite bakery and gorgeous pink and yellow tulips at the grocery store. These items have inspired your free writing prompt below. 

If you visit...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Memorable Room

By Marilyn Friedman

The weather is gorgeous outside, and Writing Pad has everything you need to take Mother Nature’s inspiration and transform it into cold, hard cash!

This Sunday, become a story structure expert. Derek Taylor Kent’s Structure, Structure, Structure: Building The Foundation...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Nobody Is Perfect

By Candace Chatman and Marilyn Friedman

How did it get to be March already? Don’t let Spring pass you by without partaking of our wonderful class offerings. We have everything you need to rouse your muse from her wintery slumber place and help you launch...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Dating Advice

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s been a chilly couple of days here in LA!  Get cozy with your muse at Writing Pad in one of our wonderful February or March classes (see below for a full list).  We’ll help you light a fire under your...Read More »

Writing Prompt: First Love

By Marilyn Friedman
Whether or not you want it to, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it.  So we have some fun classes to help you get in the mood!  You won’t want to miss I Love You Silly: Crafting The...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Culinary Disasters and Triumphs

By Marilyn Friedman
Writing Pad’s scrumptious class offerings will tantalize your taste buds and your imagination this winter.  For instance, on Sat. Mar. 3rd, we will be having  Literary Feast: Writing A Culinary Masterpiece with successful food writer, Carol Penn-Romine, I...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Celebrity Sighting

By Marilyn Friedman
We have lots of wonderful classes to help you stay on track with your writing resolutions, including these fantastic classes that start next weekend: From Bedtime Stories To Tales of Teenage Woe: Writing For Kids and YA (only 2...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Collections

By Marilyn Friedman

Happy New Year! Writing Pad has plenty of fantastic classes to make 2012 even more memorable than 2011.  Check them out along with your first free writing prompt of the year below!

Events:
Footprints Screening

Book Publishing 
Get...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Winter Holiday Memory

by Marilyn Friedman    

I have a couple more fun literary tidbits for you this Friday and Saturday–check out the details below.  Plus the Winter 2012 schedule has been posted!  Also, don’t forget that Writing Pad gift certificates make wonderful presents.  To sign...Read More »


Recipe: Wassail

by Andrea Ruth and Marilyn Friedman    


Take a Writing Pad class, and make your winter cozy and productive!  Also, don’t forget that Writing Pad gift certificates make wonderful presents.  To sign up for a class, click “Buy Now” at the bottom of...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Memorable Movies

by Marilyn Friedman    

Get your writing fix before the holidays swoop you up!  We have two fantastic screenwriting classes in December that you won’t want to miss: Microbudget Madness: Writing A Script You Can Actually Go Out and Shoot! with...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Weird Family Ritual

by Marilyn Friedman    

Thanksgiving is nipping at our heels.  I don’t know about you, but I’m mentally preparing myself for a healthy helping of delicious food with a side of family dysfunction.  This November, I’m thankful that we have a bunch of...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Home (Compliments of Judy Reeves)

 by Marilyn Friedman    

Judy Reeves will be visiting us from San Diego to teach two classes at the Pad on Saturday, November 12th–Speedwriting: Getting It Down Fast and Clean and Writing Reboot: Rescuing Your Crashed Creation!  Judy is the author of “A Writer’s Book...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Your Very Own Tall Tale

 by Marilyn Friedman
It’s almost Halloween–yay!  It’s time to let your imagination run wild and dress up like a character from one of your favorite stories or movies. Fun! 
Once you’ve settled down from your candy corn high, Writing Pad has a terrrific new...Read More »

Writing Prompt - Scandalous Acts

By Sophia Kercher

With Halloween swiftly approaching, I am reminded of scandalous costumes and October debauchery!  For instance, once in college, I dressed up in a très sexy French maid costume and drank such potent vodka-laced cocktails that I passed out at my apartment and didn’t even make it to the Halloween party. I bet that you...Read More »


Writing Prompt - It's Just Like The Movies

 By Sophia Kercher and Marilyn Friedman

After watching Ryan Gosling zip around downtown L.A. in Drive, we have fallen in love all over again with cinema. Write your own Oscar-worthy film or TV show and let the successful film industry professionals who teach screenwriting at Writing Pad help you get...Read More »


Writing Prompt - Getting Nostalgic About The 80's

By Sophia Kercher

Do you remember a time when boom boxes were awesome, cellphones didn’t plague the ears of society, and being a stalker didn’t involve Facebook? We do and it was called the 80′s! The decade that conjures up tales of PacMan, shoulder pads, and Michael Jackson jackets....Read More »


Writing Prompt - Weird Stuff

By Amy Robinson
What did you do on your summer vacation? Did you fall in love with a Russian author from the late 1800′s like Marilyn did on her trip to Russia? Did your elderly neighbor take to sunning himself in a pink Speedo? Turn the weird things you’ve witnessed into...Read More »

Writing Prompt - Etch-A-Sketch

By Amy Robinson
What kind of classes interest you: One day or multi-week, short stories, full-length novel or comedy sketch writing, meeting up with other writers in our gorgeous downtown loft or online in the comfort of your own home? We’ve got any kind of class that your writer heart desires....Read More »

Writing Prompt - Get Schooled

By Amy Robinson
Time to go back to school! At Writing Pad you’ll fill up your paper, write your books, but definitely won’t get any teacher’s dirty looks. We’ve got classes for every kind of student. Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll in our classes before they fill up!
Multi Week Classes

Dog Days

By Amy Robinson
We’re in the Dog Days of Summer now and Writing Pad classes are hot! hot! hot! Get your pens wagging happily in one of our great new classes.  Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll in our classes before they fill up!
Multi Week Classes

Writing Prompt - For the Dogs

By Amy Robinson

We’re in the Dog Days of Summer now and Writing Pad classes are hot! hot! hot! Get your pens wagging happily in one of our great new classes.  Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll in our classes before they fill up!

Multi Week Classes

Writing Prompt 8/17

By Amy Robinson

Summer is always sure to be full of weddings, parties, and family reunions.  Extend the fun of your summertime celebrations at Writing Pad. You don’t even have to dress up!  Your pen will dance on the page like drunk Uncle Jim at your best friend’s wedding reception.  Call...Read More »


Writing Prompt 8/10

By Amy Robinson

Summer is always sure to be full of weddings, parties, and family reunions.  Extend the fun of your summertime celebrations at Writing Pad. You don’t even have to dress up!  Your pen will dance on the page like drunk Uncle Jim at your best friend’s...Read More »


Writing Prompt - A Ceremonial Event

By Amy Robinson

Summer is always sure to be full of weddings, parties, and family reunions.  Extend the fun of your summertime celebrations at Writing Pad. You don’t even have to dress up!  Your pen will dance on the page like drunk Uncle Jim at your best friend’s wedding reception.  Call 323-333-2954...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Carmageddon

By Marilyn Friedman

The closing of the 405 this weekend will suck, but Writing Pad’s classes can take the pain out of being stuck at home this weekend! Sign up for http://www.writingpad.com/classesbydate.htm#CHARACTER, our fantastic online class that will help you develop the most amazing characters you have...Read More »


Writing Prompt: 4th of July

By Marilyn Friedman

Happy Early Independence Day! As you get ready for your weekend excursions and BBQ’s, don’t forget to sign up for a Writing Pad July class. We have some terrific, new classes on the schedule! Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com before they are full!

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vents

Writing Prompt - Seriously Funny

By Amy Robinson

Writing Pad has a whole pile of exciting classes this summer. If you take Etch a Sketch: A Webisode and Sketch Comedy Writing Workshop, you’ll learn how to write a comedy sketch so hilarious you’ll want to perform it, use it for a webisode,...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Dear Old Dad

By Marilyn Friedman

June and July are the perfect months to bring your journal to the beach and write your own bestselling summer read or blockbuster! Writing Pad has many ways to help you do it! Check out what we have on our menu for the next...Read More »


Writing Prompt: It's Lunch Time!

By Marilyn Friedman

Write your award-winning book or screenplay BEFORE the next rapture! Writing Pad wants to help you. We have brand new novel writing, children’s book writing, personal essay writing classes starting up this weekend. We have new rounds of Finishing School and So You Want To...Read More »


Writing Prompt: From Boring To Fascinating

By Marilyn Friedman


It’s almost summer, and it’s time to soak your tootsies in the pool and get those writing projects going. We have lots of amazing classes to help you–call 323-333-2954 to sign up before they are full!

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Writing Prompt: Mother's Day Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s hot outside, so let your muse cool off at Writing Pad’s ultra-comfortable, hip loft with one of our fantastic classes! We have a lot going on for the month of May. Call 323-333-2954 to sign up before these classes are full.

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Writing Prompt: A Facebook Story

By Marilyn Friedman

Happy end of April! Make sure to comment on this blog this week–it is the last week for you to enter the March/April comment contest for a free class! Also, we have lots of fantastic classes starting this week and next week. Here’s...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Products Your Mother Used


By Marilyn Friedman

Writing Pad has created a special discount for April and May to help you through tax season. You don’t have to wait to sign up for a long class! Stop dreaming about writing and let us help you get your pen moving. ...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Veggie Tales

By Marilyn Friedman

Keep the spring in your writing practice with our fantastic events and classes! We are offering some great tax season deals this month!

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Writing Prompt 3/30/11: Musical Inspiration

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s almost April! Put the spring back into your writing practice at Writing Pad. Call 323-333-2954 to sign up for these classes before they are full!

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Writing Prompt: Your Lover's Pillow

By Marilyn Friedman

Here’s what we have on the schedule for the next few weeks. Call 323-333-2954 to sign up or email marilyn@writingpad.com to RSVP for these events, retreats, and classes before they are full!

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Writing Prompt: Imaginary Worlds

By Amy Robinson and Thaisa Frank

Thaisa Frank, award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novel Heidegger’s Glasses, will be teaching at our upcoming Ojai retreat. This week, she’s agreed to share a writing prompt with all of you! But before we get to her prompt,...Read More »


Writing Prompt: Get In Touch With Nature

By Marilyn Friedman

Join us at the Nature Walk class on March 6th! You’ll get some exercise and inspiration to write your best work in the beautiful surroundings of Temescal. Here are the fantastic classes that we have left for February. Call 323-333-2954 to...Read More »


Writing Prompt - Believe It!

By Amy Robinson and Julie Brister

Julie Brister, teacher of the Writing Pad class It’s All About You: A One-Person Show Workshop, has created a great writing prompt for you today! Julie is a successful writer/director/performer for stage, screen and TV and an experienced teacher. ...Read More »


Writing Prompt - Pucker Up

by Amy Robinson


Kiss your inner critic goodbye! February is full of fun ways to get your writing projects done like our steamy Erotic Writing class, irreverent Anti-Valentines Day workshop, and fantastic Stranger Than Fiction class! They are...Read More »

Screenwriting Prompt - You're Breaking Up

By Amy Robinson and Jonathan Davis

One of Writing Pad’s teachers, the amazing Jonathan Davis, has created today’s writing prompt. As a successful, working screenwriter, Jonathan wrote the script for the Dukes of Hazard movie and earned a 2 picture deal with Warner Brothers! (Scroll down to...Read More »


Writing Prompt - You are getting very sleepy...

by Amy Robinson


Judy Reeves, the author of the wonderful book, A Writer’s Book of Days, visited Writing Pad last weekend and ran a fantastic mini class! She has agreed to come back in March! In the meantime, we have a calendar full of...Read More »

Writing Prompt 12/31/2010: New Year's Writing Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman


Happy New Year! I just returned from the winter wonderland of Idyllwild for a mini writing retreat of my own so I am finally posting your last prompt of the year. Comments received after Sunday, January 2nd will qualify for the January/February comment...Read More »

Writing Prompt - It's Contagious!

By Amy Robinson


Writing Pad has filled the calendar with amazing new classes to help get you through the winter doldrums. Join us for sweet treats and workshops to spark that hibernating writer in you. Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com. Spaces are filling up fast,...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Feeling Cool

By Amy Robinson


Baby, it’s cold outside! Now is the perfect time to cozy up in front of the fire place at a Writing Pad class. Warm up your writing practice this December with these great classes. Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com. There...Read More »

Writing Prompt 11.27.10: Thanksgiving Weekend Writing Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope that you are having a fun, food filled weekend. Once you recover from eating your turkey or tofurky leftovers, don’t forget to sign up for a writing class at Writing Pad. Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com. They’re filling up fast! ...Read More »

Give Thanks for Adel's November Recipe

by Adel Aschenbrener and Amy Robinson

No matter how high your table is piled with Thanksgiving bounty, there is always room for desert. Join us for our December workshops for a sweet ending to a savory year! Your writing will be inspired by treats like Adel’s heavenly pear frangipane...Read More »


Writing Prompt 11/19/10: Procrastination Queen

By Marilyn Friedman

Come over to Writing Pad and get inspired to write the great American Novel or the next movie blockbuster in front of a crackling fire. We have cornucopia of delicious, affordably priced classes on our schedule right now! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up before they are...Read More »

Writing Prompt 11/10/10: Favorite Color

By Marilyn Friedman

Delicious classes are in abundance at Writing Pad right now! Get your fill before they are full by calling 323-333-2954.

Writing Prompt 10/29/10: Your Vote Counts!


by Amy Robinson

We wrote volumes of amazing stuff last weekend at the Writing Pad High Desert Retreat. It was so much fun that we’re already planning our next weekend away! I am relaxed just thinking about it. Please vote on the dates for...Read More »

Writing Prompt 10/29/10: Your Vote Counts!


by Amy Robinson

We wrote volumes of amazing stuff last weekend at the Writing Pad High Desert Retreat. It was so much fun that we’re already planning our next weekend away! I am relaxed just thinking about it. Please vote on the dates for...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Overheard Conversations

By Amy Robinson

Writing Pad has plenty of treats in store for you! We have conjured up fab discounts on our October and November workshops. Don’t miss our fantastic classes at new, affordable rates. Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to reserve your spot before it disappears!
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Writing Prompt 10/4/10: Games, Games, Games!

By Marilyn Friedman

Writing Pad and Laguna Writers want to offer a full scholarship for one broke writer to go to the High Desert Retreat. Please donate! We are so close to our goal!
We will take any amount, but for $20 or more, you will be entered...Read More »

Writing Prompt 9/22/10: It's Time To Party!

By Marilyn Friedman

On Thursday, September 30th, Writing Pad is throwing an awesome party to raise money for the High Desert Retreat scholarship fund called Duchess Willemina Pennington’s Soiree Litteraire. For a small donation of $20, you can attend a party with good looking writers, a great DJ, delicious...Read More »


Writing Prompt 9/15/10: Breakfast

By Marilyn Friedman

Start your day out with a delicious, nutritious writing class! We’ve added a Friday a.m. section of SYWBW/Finishing School for those of you who have a flexible schedule.

Also, in honor of Fall, we have discounted our prices for September and October. Take advantage of our fantastic classes and...Read More »


Writing Prompt: 9/9/10 Ode to Delicious Things

By Marilyn Friedman

Do you want to feel delicious? Spend some time with your muse! Write that book, short story, or screenplay that you’ve always dreamed of finishing. Here are some ways to make your creative dreams come true:

2...Read More »


Writing Prompt 9/2/10: Best Friends Forever

By Marilyn Friedman

Do something special for your writing and yourself. Go to the Writing Pad High Desert Retreat on the weekend of Oct. 22-24! There are only 2 spots left–call 323-333-2954 to sign up before it’s full.

It’s 2 nights/2 days of relaxation, top notch writing classes, one-on-one consultations,...Read More »


Writing Prompt 8/19/2010: Superpower

By Marilyn Friedman

The Writing Pad High Desert Retreat is now shorter and more affordable! It is now over a weekend. Partake of 2 nights/2 days of a mini-vacation in a rustic wonderland where you can indulge yourself, relax, get a ton of writing done and just have...Read More »


Writing Prompt 8/12/10: Favorite Book

By Marilyn Friedman

Take a class at Writing Pad in August! Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll before these classes are full:

Writing Prompt: 6/24/10: Scared!

By Marilyn Friedman

Take a class at Writing Pad in July! Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll before these classes are full:

Writing Prompt: 6/16/10 Summer Fun

By Marilyn Friedman

Take a class at Writing Pad! Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll before this class is full:

Writing Prompt: Make a list of 5 things that come to mind when you think of the word...Read More »


Writing Prompt 6/2/10: Pet Peeves

By Marilyn Friedman

Do something fun and creative this summer. Take a class at Writing Pad! Call 323-333-2954 or email marilyn@writingpad.com to enroll before these are full!

Writing Prompt: 5/19/10 Vacations Gone Wrong

By Marilyn Friedman

Have you ever wanted to learn how to enhance the humor in your writing? Take this class on Saturday morning with Chad Gervich, a writer for the Wanda Sykes show! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up before it’s full!

Writing Prompt 5/12/10: Childhood Junk Food

By Marilyn Friedman

All of our May classes are full except there are 2 spots left in this wonderful Humor Writing class with Chad Gervich, a writer for the Wanda Sykes show! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up!

Writing Prompt: 5/6/10 This LA Life

By Marilyn Friedman

Have you ever wanted to finish a book or a screenplay Nanowrimo style? Do you want to kick start your writing practice? Take one of these fantastic classes! Sign up by calling 323-333-2954 or emailing marilyn@writingpad.com before they are all full!

Writing Prompt 4/28/10: Bad Dates

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s almost the end of April! Comment over the next couple of days to win a free class! And don’t forget, we have wonderful May classes starting soon. Call 323-333-2954 to sign up before the classes are full.

Writing Prompt 4/21/10: Home Sweet Home

By Marilyn Friedman

Kickstart your writing practice or finish the novel, screenplay, or collection of poems that you’ve always dreamed about writing! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up for one of these classes before they are full!

Writing Prompt 4/14/10: What's In A Name

By Marilyn Friedman

Call 323-333-2954 to sign up for this class with the amazing Aaron Henne! It’s almost full!

Writing Pad Show and Tell (Sunday, Apr. 25) — Only 1 spot left

Writing Prompt: Write for 10 minutes about the origin of your name or write a story about a character...Read More »


Writing Prompt 4/7/10: A Few of My Favorite Things

By Marilyn Friedman

For your recession pleasure, the all day Show and Tell class with the successful writer, Aaron Henne is more affordable! Four hours of writing exercises and lecture on this valuable topic priced at only $100 ($110 for new students)! What a deal! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up before...Read More »


Surprise! - Writing Prompt 3/31/10

By Amy Robinson

Whip your writing practice into shape with one of Writing Pad’s bootie-kicking writing workshops. Sign up before the spots are all gone by calling 323-333-2954.

Writing Prompt: Have you ever been surprised with something totally unexpected? For...Read More »


Writing Prompt 3/24/2010: Chores

By Amy Robinson
Forget about your chores and start writing! Secure your spot in one of our new April writing classes by calling 323-333-2954 or emailing marilyn@writingpad.com:

Writing Prompt:...Read More »


Writing Prompt 3/18/10--High School Daze

By Marilyn Friedman

Sharpen your writing skills AND infuse your free time with fun and deliciousness! Snatch up the last available spots in these March classes by calling 323-333-2954 or emailing marilyn@writingpad.com:

Writing Prompt 3/10/10--Getting Caught Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

Our March classes are filling up fast. Snatch up the last available spots by calling 323-333-2954 or emailing marilyn@writingpad.com before they are full! Here’s the latest on what’s happening at the Pad:

Writing Prompt: 3/3/10

By Marilyn Friedman


Writing Pad has wonderful classes coming up in March! Sign up by calling 323-333-2954 or emailing marilyn@writingpad.com before they are full. Make your blog kick ass with this all day class:

Writing Prompt 2/24/2010 - Angel v. Devil

By Amy Robinson

It’s been that kind of week where my imaginary devil is whispering in my ear, telling me to eat another Krispy Kreme. The devil sounds a lot louder than the angel on the other shoulder pushing carrot sticks. They both agree that I should get you guys a...Read More »


Writing Prompt 2/18/10: Childhood Activity Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s been a fun President’s Day week at Writing Pad. As usual, we have lots of fantastic classes. Our Anti-Valentine’s Day class with Tim Grierson is this Saturday and next Sunday, we’re having a 10 Minute Play Writing class with Aaron Henne. By the end of Aaron’s class,...Read More »

Writing Prompt 2/11/2010: Adult Beverage Prompt

By Marilyn Friedman

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite holidays (I’m a sucker for too much candy and romance)! So I’ve created a writing prompt that’s sure to help you get in the Valentine’s Day mood.

But before I get to that–don’t forget that Writing Pad has some wonderful classes...Read More »


Writing Prompt 2/3/10 - Your Crazy Family


by Amy Robinson

I’m so excited for Chad Gervich’s class this Saturday morning! There is only 1 spot left, so call 323-333-2954 quick if you wanna take an amazing Sitcom class with a successful TV writer/producer (did I mention, he’s a great teacher too?).

Writing Prompt: 1/27/2010

Classes are filling up like my tummy on an all you can eat pizza night! There are only a few spots left in the yummy classes below. Call 323-333-2954 before they are all gone.

Writing Prompt: 1/20/2010

Our one-day classes at Writing Pad are almost full! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up.

Delectable...Read More »


Writing Prompt: 1/13/10

We have a cornucopia of fantastic, new one-day classes at Writing Pad in January and February! Call 323-333-2954 to sign up. They are filling up fast:

Writing Prompt: 1/5/10

Early January classes with the amazing teacher, Aaron Henne, are now almost completely full:

Email marilyn@writingpad.com for more info. or call 323-333-2954.

Writing Prompt: Make a list of 5 New...Read More »


Writing Prompt: 12/24/09

Happy Holidays, everyone! January classes with the amazing teacher, Aaron Henne, are now almost completely full:

Even though Xmas is over,...Read More »

Writing Prompt: 12/10/09

Check out my fabulous gift guide in the blog post below! BTW, Writing Pad gift certificates are available in any amount, for specific classes, or as an open ended gift (to be applied to the class of your friend’s/loved one’s choice). Email marilyn@writingpad.com...Read More »

Weekly Writing Prompt: 12/3/09

Writing Prompt: Make a list of 5 behaviors/things/people that really annoy you at work (or at past jobs).

Here are some suggestions of things that could end up on that list: people eating stinky food at their desks that smells like warmed up dog food, loud phone talkers, irritating coworker behavior,...Read More »


Writing Prompt: 11/25/09

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! December classes with the amazing teacher, the one and only, Aaron Henne are now almost completely full:

Sign up by calling 323-333-2954 or emailing...Read More »


Writing Prompt: 11/19/09

Want to sharpen your writing craft and get some stellar writing done? Take one of these one-day classes with Aaron Henne in December:

There are only a couple of spots left in both classes....Read More »


Writing Prompt: 10/27

Here’s a great prompt that I used this weekend from Writing Pad’s amazing writing teacher, Aaron Henne’s, terrific new writing exercise book, “You Already Know.”
Make a list of 5 things that you are thankful for in your life right now (one of mine was Adel’s lemon...Read More »

Writing Prompt: 9/9/09

Make a list of five things that come to mind in response to the word “Prom.” Write for 10 minutes.
You’ll have started your piece for Chi Chi’s Word Parlor, a fantastic literary variety show at the Atwater Playhouse! The deadline is Tuesday, September 15th. The...Read More »

Time to Write Tuesday: Writing Prompt 7/28/09

For ten minutes, write about the first album/CD you ever bought OR write about a song you can’t get out of your head. Write about how it made/makes you feel and whatever memories it brings to mind! Have fun!
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Weekly Writing Prompt: Happy Hump Day!

Here’s a fun exercise! Make a list of your five favorite idioms/sayings. Pick one and write about it for 10 minutes. Or, pick one of the idioms below and write about it for 10 minutes:

“I’m Not Hanging Noodles on Your Ears”
I’m not pulling your leg (Russian)

“To throw...Read More »

Time to Write Tuesday--Writing Prompt 6/30/09

Happy almost July! Here’s your writing prompt:
Make a list of memorable family vacations. Pick one and add two sensory details to it (smell, taste, sound, touch, sight). Write for 10 minutes.
And if you’re feeling in need of more writing inspiration, we have two fabulous one day classes coming...Read More »

Time to Write Tuesday--Free Writing Prompt

Here’s a fun prompt: Make a list of things that you find in the forest or in the ocean. Pick your favorite off of your list and add a sensory detail to it. Now spend 10 minutes comparing some part of your life to the forest or ocean item (ex....Read More »

Time To Write Tuesday - Free Writing Prompt

Those Ziploc baggies filled with Amish Friendship Bread starter sourdough are making the rounds again.  That takes me back to the 70′s, when my Mom was always making super yummy Herman Coffee Cake with that stuff. Which brings me to your FREE writing prompt for this Time To...Read More »


Weekly Writing Prompt: Happy Hump Day!

Here’s a writing prompt to help you get through this rainy Wednesday! Make a list of four to five foods that you love that others find strange or low brow (mine are Slim Jims, Twizzlers, KFC coleslaw, Cheez Whiz–yes it’s true). Pick one and write for 10 minutes!...Read More »

Recipe For Delicious and Fun Writing

By Amy Robinson and Marilyn Friedman

Oh, hello, dahlings! Thank you for joining us at the Writing Pad Blog. Help yourself to the decadent chocolate treats and make yourself at home. Enjoy the flickering candles, beautiful flowers, and kick off your shoes. Now let’s get playful AND productive with our writing...Read More »