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Writer, Marie Claire
LA Moth GrandSLAM Winner
5x SF Moth StorySlam Winner
Contributor, NPR’s All Things Considered
Author, The Currency of Love
Moth Radio Hour
Writer, LA Times, Salon, Vice and XO Jane
Author, Twist My Charm Series
Staff Writer, Hit the Road
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Why spend thousands on classes taught by dinosaurs when you can study with top working professionals at a fraction of the cost and time?
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Build relationships with top writers, agents, publishers, execs, and showrunners.
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Over 12 years we've perfected our method of teaching essential skills in a comfortable and supportive environment.
A great teacher inspires, motivates and educates. We have the best around. A professional, working writer will give you real-time feedback on your work.
Not just new friends – future collaborators, allies, and colleagues. Join a community of up-and-coming writers.
Perfectly paired craft lectures, handouts, and in-class exercises to teach you practical techniques.
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"The first reason why the classes at the writing pad are the best in LA is the caliber of instructors."
"As soon as I took the first batch of classes here I was hooked."
"What a great idea... create an inviting place where writing creatives can develop their craft and connect with professionals!"
"The people who run this take a real interest in seeing writers grow."
"By far the best writing workshop I have ever participated in – and I have taken a bunch."