Writing Pad was founded by freelance writers Marilyn Friedman (NY Times #1, NY Times #2, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon) and Jeff Bernstein (NPR’s Unfictional) with the express purpose of providing students access to top a tier MFA level education at a more affordable price.
When Marilyn Friedman first tried in vain to find a great writing class, she searched high and low, braved cramped surroundings, stinky salads, lackluster writing prompts, and heavily medicated instructors.
From this, Writing Pad was born. We removed all the things that make a writing class unproductive, and built on all the things we loved: a comfortable artist space, inspirational teachers, a nurturing environment, and tasty snacks so people aren’t hungry while they write.
Almost 14 years, hundreds of classes and four locations later we’ve built a community of amazing, supportive, and talented writers. We hope you’ll join us at the Pad.
(213) 325 – 6910
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
A writing class shouldn’t be boring or annihilate your ego! We believe that classes should be inspiring and moderated by the teacher. 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. We believe in creating a safe, supportive space for our students.
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.
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.
All sales are final and there are no refunds. Credit may be offered based on class availability. 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. Credit eligibility is not based upon your reason for being unable to attend a class; it is based upon the timing of your credit request and our ability to fill your spot. If we find someone to take your place, you will receive class credit minus a $25 processing fee for 1 day classes and $50 processing fee for long classes. Otherwise, your payment will be forfeit. To use class credits, you need to sign up for class in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 213.325.6910. If the class is being paid for as part of a payment plan, regardless of whether the student stops attending class, the payment plan must be paid in full by the end of the class. Failure to do so will result in the student’s account being turned over to collections.
Web conferencing and class recording are only available if pre-approved with Writing Pad prior to sign-up. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate classroom conferencing or recording requests that were not pre-approved. Each class meeting that is conferenced or recorded will cost the student an extra $50. For in-person classes, you must purchase conferencing for each class meeting you want recorded, bringing the total of each recorded class meeting to $100.
You are responsible for printing any materials required by the instructor, including homework. Printing cannot be done in the classroom.