Writing Events

Upcoming Events

Tuesdays, Sep 21 - Oct 5, 11am-1pm PT / 2pm-4pm ET

Writing a movie or TV show? Kick off your screenwriting project with this three-part intensive workshop by Writer/Director Julio Vincent Gambuto. The class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of story and to give you an easy, useful process for getting your project out of your brain and onto the page. You’ll come out of the three 120-minute sessions with a strong first “treatment” for your movie or TV show and a clear roadmap for your writing. Get confident. Get empowered. Get writing.

Tuesdays, Sep 21 - Oct 5, 2pm-4pm PT / 5pm-7pm ET

Writing a movie or TV show? Kick off your screenwriting project with this three-part intensive workshop by Writer/Director Julio Vincent Gambuto. The class is designed to teach you the fundamentals of story and to give you an easy, useful process for getting your project out of your brain and onto the page. You’ll come out of the three 120-minute sessions with a strong first “treatment” for your movie or TV show and a clear roadmap for your writing. Get confident. Get empowered. Get writing. This class is geared toward screenwriting but is excellent for writers of all disciplines and styles.

Speaker: 
Nadifa Mohamed
Wednesdays, Sep 22 - Oct 13, 8am-9am PT / 11am-12pm ET

Where do you begin in the past? How do you make it seem alive and exciting? How do you tell a story set in a time and place strange to you? How do you bring out themes that are relevant to you or the times we live in? In these workshops you will learn how to combine research and your own imagination to create work that is truthful, engaging and full of colour and texture.

Speaker: 
Zibby Owens
Monday, September 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

You have a zillion ideas for novels or memoirs or stories but you’re not sure what to do with them. How do you know which ideas to pursue?! How do you know how to actually sell a book? What’s the secret behind great writing and what makes someone (like you) a truly great writer? Hear from author interviewer and author herself Zibby Owens, host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books as she shares the insights she has learned after 800+ author conversations and countless books read.

Speaker: 
Melissa Pyrch
Thursday, September 30th, 3pm-4pm PT / 6pm-7pm ET

This one hour session will discuss common application essay topic choices and requirements. It will discuss the importance of topic selection and the opening paragraphs. This workshop will also share examples of essays that work.

Speaker: 
Robin Cembalest
Monday, October 4th, 3:30pm-5:30pm PT / 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

If you’re working on your artist statement, promoting a show, or would like help with an essay, this webinar is for you. Robin Cembalest, former editor of ARTnews and a longtime coach and mentor, will review participants’ writing samples and offer constructive advice in a collegial setting. Participants will come away empowered to improve their own texts, and to convey their artistic concepts into clear, accessible language moving forward.

Tuesdays, Oct 12 - Nov 9, 11am-1pm PT / 2pm-4pm ET

It's time to take your writing to the next level, to go deeper, to get better, to push yourself to write not just "great stories" but "incredible stories." Continue your storytelling and screenwriting journey with Writer/Director Julio Vincent Gambuto. Julio has created content for Nickelodeon, Kerner Entertainment, PBS, E! Entertainment, and Rabbit Bandini. His latest project, "Team Marco," a new family film, was recently released by Samuel Goldwyn Films. It goes international in 2022.

Speaker: 
Brooks Sterritt
Saturdays, Oct 16 & Oct 23, 12pm-1:30pm PT / 3pm-4:30pm ET

What is a successful sentence, and how do you make one? In this interactive course, we will break down a number of effective sentences (both classic and obscure) to prepare for the composition of your own original work.

Speaker: 
Susan Hawk
Tuesdays, Oct 19 & Oct 26, 4pm-5:30pm PT / 7pm-8:30pm ET

Join literary agent Susan Hawk for an interactive workshop designed to help you get your children’s book published.

Fridays, Nov 5 - Nov 26, 8pm-9pm PT / 11pm-12am ET

Focusing on teaching basic English through creative writing exercises and demystifying the grammatical teaching experience, we'll go over how to turn language learning into a game of strategy. We'll then go into the cognitive and linguistic changes that can happen in the brains of beginning language students and how creativity can silence perfectionistic and shame-based ELL experiences. This course is for educators who wish to make language learning culturally responsive, restorative, inviting, and fun!

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Tuesdays, Jan 11 & Jan 18, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This two-part workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of the nonfiction book proposal—an essential component to getting any book deal. Together we will break down each aspect of the book proposal, including your query letter, and review how to make yours powerful, compelling, and rejection-proof. In the second part, Jessica will review and workshop each author's overview or query, and together we will deep dive into your idea to see if you're really focusing on the most powerful aspect of your expertise and pitching an idea that's rejection-proof.

Past Events

Tuesday, September 14th, 5pm-7pm PT / 8pm-10pm ET

Writers and Screenwriters! Got a great movie idea? A TV show you’ve been wanting to write? How about a great book in that brain? Or an essay you've been yearning to pen? Kick off your fall writing with this one-night free intensive. It's the very best intro to your instructor, Writer/Director Julio Vincent Gambuto, and the best way to explore his upcoming class series on "story design." This night is for writers of all kinds and of all levels. You'll leave with a clear understanding of what it takes to write your project, how to approach the process, and a clear roadmap for your writing. Get confident. Get empowered. Get writing.

Wednesday, September 8th, 5pm-7pm PT / 8pm-10pm ET

Writing a great book is only the very beginning of becoming a publishing success story—you need great publicity and marketing to make sure your book SELLS. But even if you spend $15k+ to hire a publicist, your success is not guaranteed. Enter: This fun and enlightening 2-hour crash course for authors hoping to DIY their way to a smash-hit book launch, offering tried-and-tested tips, thought-starters, creative strategies, and more from two authors who've done it themselves.

Speaker: 
Jasmin Darznik
Thursday, August 26th, 5:30pm-7pm PT / 8:30pm-10pm ET

Join New York Times bestselling author Jasmin Darznik as she shares her secrets for creating rich and compelling portraits of women from the past.

Speaker: 
Roy Bahat
Wednesday, August 25th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Asking for introductions can bring you to a meeting with a hero of yours, a customer, investor, or colleague – and, more often than not, we ask by email. Hear from Roy Bahat, head of early-stage venture capital firm Bloomberg Beta, as he helps you learn how to break down the key parts of a "forward intro email," his industry-standard method.

Speaker: 
Sirin Kale
Thursday, August 5th, 10:30am-11:30am PT / 1:30pm-2:30pm ET

A masterclass in feature writing from one of the most respected feature writers in British journalism today. Please note that the ticket price for this event is listed in US dollars. It will be offered at 10:30am Pacific Time (US) which is 6:30pm British Summer Time (UK).

Speaker: 
Sirin Kale
Wednesday, August 4th, 10:30am-11:30am PT / 1:30pm-2:30pm ET

A masterclass in feature writing from one of the most respected feature writers in British journalism today. Please note that the ticket price for this event is listed in US dollars. It will be offered at 10:30am Pacific Time (US) which is 6:30pm British Summer Time (UK).

Speaker: 
Robin Cembalest
Thursday, July 29th, 3:30pm-5:30pm PT / 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

So you want to write an art review. How do you get started? Former ARTnews editor Robin Cembalest shares templates and best practices in this two-hour introductory class, designed for creative professionals of all levels. In the first hour, she breaks down the essential elements of exhibition reviews, including structure, description, and value judgment. In the second hour, she’ll answer questions about getting published, and offer one-on-one feedback on brief writing samples from the participants.

Tuesdays, Jul 27 - Aug 24, 4:30pm-6:30pm PT / 7:30pm-9:30pm ET

Or are you an intermediate or advanced writer looking for an intensive workshop to help take your writing to the next level? This five-night workshop class is designed to help writers tell deeper and better stories. Whether you're writing a film, TV show, novel, or the like, Story 2 is meant for those currently working on a writing project or who are about to be. You'll come out with tools to help you revise, re-work, re-imagine, and re-design your story so that it captures attention and moves its readers — and/or ultimately its viewers — to laughter or tears, or both. Go there. Julio can help. This event has five sessions.

Speaker: 
Robin Cembalest
Tuesday, July 27th, 3:30pm-5:30pm PT / 6:30pm-8:30pm ET

Call it your bio, “about blurb,” or statement: Every creative professional needs a paragraph (or two) that sums up their practice. In this overview class, Robin Cembalest, former editor of ARTnews and a longtime coach and mentor, breaks down the structure of this essential tool and shares templates for moving forward. She’ll review sample artist bios to showcase a variety of approaches, and offer one-on-one feedback on a brief bio from each participant.

Speaker: 
Jessica Faust
Wednesdays, Jul 21 & Jul 28, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This two-part workshop will give you an in-depth understanding of the nonfiction book proposal—an essential component to getting any book deal. You will learn how to examine your nonfiction book idea, what elements are needed to craft a strong nonfiction proposal, how to determine which information to highlight, and the steps to creating a powerful book proposal that will take you from agent to publisher.

Speaker: 
James McGowan
Wednesday, July 14th, 4pm-5:30pm PT / 7pm-8:30pm ET

In this one-session, 90-minute seminar and Q&A, you’ll learn everything you need to know about finding an agent for your picture books, whether you’re an author, illustrator, or author-illustrator. From selecting which manuscript to query with, crafting a query letter that grabs attention, choosing your additional manuscripts in the submission package, and keeping track of your queries sent -- you’ll come away from this session ready to dive into the query trenches confidently.

Speaker: 
Susan Hawk
Tuesdays, Jun 15 & Jun 22, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Join literary agent Susan Hawk for an interactive workshop designed to help you get your children’s book published.

Tuesdays, Jun 15 - Jun 29, 4:30pm-6pm PT / 7:30pm-9pm ET

Kickoff your summer writing with this three-part intensive workshop designed to teach you the fundamentals of screenwriting and useful processes for getting your project started. Start your summer writing with a strong first treatment and a summer writing roadmap that you feel confident in and empowered by.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Jun 1 & Jun 8, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, May 4 & May 11, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Speaker: 
David Peterson
Monday, April 19th, 3pm-4:30pm PT / 6pm-7:30pm ET

It’s been ten years since the first episode of “Game of Thrones” aired on HBO and changed the landscape of language creation forever. In this retrospective, series language creator David J. Peterson will detail what went into creating the languages of an era-defining show and explore what’s next.

Speaker: 
Richard Toye
Saturdays, Apr 17 & Apr 24, 10am-11am PT / 1pm-2pm ET

This event will teach you the key principles of devising a successful book proposal. You will learn how to devise a clear pitch to maximise your chances of getting a publisher’s attention.

Speaker: 
Suzie Townsend
Tuesdays, Apr 6 & Apr 13, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

If you want to get a literary agent, you have to hook them quickly with your submission materials. The two most critical items during your initial agent first impression are the all-important query letter and first pages of your story. This workshop will teach you how to create an amazing agent submission and provide an opportunity to receive personalized feedback from Suzie on the first five pages of your draft manuscript or proposal.

Tuesday, March 30th, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

Take your comedy career to the next level with personalized instruction and feedback from professional comedian Sarah Tollemache.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Learn what it takes to become a professional comedian from someone who has done it. Professional comedian Sarah Tollemache will share how she got started in comedy, insights she has learned over the years professionally, and what you can do to have a career like hers.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, March 16th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, March 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 27th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Austen Tosone
Thursday, February 25th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

Search engine optimization can seem overwhelming but it really comes down to a few best practices to help your content get discovered on search engines. This workshop will focus on the basics from talking about the long-term benefits of being strategic with SEO, auditing your blog with analytics, the basic elements of keyword research, and how to build links and authority to drive consistent traffic to your blog.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 20th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

An enthralling setting is key to children’s fiction, and can even become fodder for daydreams and games once the book is closed. With a focus on middle childhood (6-12 years), this workshop will give you tools to create mesmerizing worlds for young readers.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 13th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

The concept of ‘game’, in comedy, is anything that happens more than once; and if played well, games are laugh-out-loud funny. Learn to master this tool for humour, and use it to trouble shoot common problems such as time jumps, crowd scenes, exposition and more.

Speaker: 
Sylvia Bishop
Saturday, February 6th, 10:30am-12:30pm ET / 3:30pm-5:30pm GMT

We will learn how the concept of a ‘character game’, used in improvised theatre, can help you produce unforgettable characters. Although the emphasis will be on examples from junior fiction, all writers who struggle with characters that ‘sound the same’ are welcome!

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesdays, Feb 3 - Feb 17, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

This intimate three-session workshop will offer personalized insight and feedback to help aspiring nonfiction authors craft the most important parts of their book: the thesis, the voice, and the first chapter. Each session will feature helpful craft exercises, resources, and feedback on your writing and ideas.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Mondays, Feb 1 - Feb 22, 5pm-6:30pm PT / 8pm-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Wednesday, January 27th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60-minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Amanda Montell
Tuesday, January 19th, 5pm-6pm PT / 8pm-9pm ET

In this 60 minute session, aspiring authors will get a peek inside the elusive publishing process to learn how to take a simple idea and turn it into a six-figure book deal. Everyone will gain access to essential tips and sample materials, as well as a transparent Q&A with author Amanda Montell.

Speaker: 
Rebecca Makkai
Tuesdays, December 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd, 5-6:30pm PT / 8-9:30pm ET

We’ll discuss four common pitfalls of early fiction drafts, and how to avoid them -- or, if necessary, to rescue yourself from the depths.

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursdays, October 29th, November 5th, November 12th, November 19th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”

Speaker: 
Jamey Williams
Thursday, October 29th, 5-6pm PT / 8-9pm ET

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. Heal, laugh, and explore yourself through a spoken word poetry workshop taught by “the nicest poet in the country.”