Writopia Los Angeles

Writopia Los Angeles

 

The Facts

Writopia L.A. provides workshops divided into age-based groups for kids 8-18, and our writers explore the creative writing genre of their choice (fiction, fantasy, science fiction, poetry, memoir, scripts, comics, graphic novels, humor, etc.) or college essay writing. Workshops are capped at seven writers per group.

Enrollment is ongoing, and we prorate sessions for those who sign up late. Students may register for one session or even a full year!

Participants who complete a piece by the end of each workshop will be invited to read their writing at a local book store, and may also publish their pieces online at Writopia’s own literary magazine, The PARENTHETICAL.

For more information, please call Jan Edwards at 323-761-0453
or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We can’t wait for you to join us at Writopia!

 

The People

Our instructors are authors and playwrights who are deeply invested in the well-being and development of Writopia writers. Each instructor conducts workshops with the Writopia mission at heart and in mind, fostering joy, literacy, and critical thinking in all students. Meet the team!

 

The Writing

School year and weekend workshops begin after Labor Day and run through the first week of June each year. The school year workshops are split into trimesters, each consisting of ten 1.5-hour weekly workshops.

 

Locations and Schedules

Trimester Dates

Fall 2014: Monday, September 8th - Sunday, November 23rd
Winter 2014-2015: Saturday, November 15th - Thursday, March 5th
Spring 2015: Saturday, January 31st - Friday May 22nd

Our workshop spaces are located in the following areas of Los Angeles:

 

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULE

Weekday After-School Workshops

Weekday workshops run for 10 1.5-hour sessions, throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Click on the "Which weeks do we meet?" links below to see what weeks workshops are running. To find out what times are available, consult the schedule of each location below.

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Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops run for 8 2-hour sessions, throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Click on the "Which weeks do we meet?" links below to see what weeks workshops are running. To find out what times are available, consult the schedule of each location below.

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If you don't see a workshop that fits your schedule, let us know and we'll try to open a new one. Visit our pricing and registration pages to sign up today!

 

LA HEADQUARTERS (SANTA MONICA) WORKSHOPS

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

What They're Saying

"Writopia Lab was an unexpected soaring flight and blossoming of our daughter. She found her voice, was excited every week and could not wait to share what she was writing. 'Please read my work, let me read you what I am writing...' This from a normally reticent 9-year-old. Absolutely amazing!"
- Kim, Writopia parent (Fall 2012)

"Writopia has been a blessing for my son. His amazing teacher has connected him to his creative spirit in a way that has never happened before. My 17-year-old son is now proud to call himself a poet and is excited about continuing to learn and write in College."
- Denise, Writopia parent (Fall 2012)

"Our 9-year-old daughter is working with Steve Lewis in Los Angeles. His Writopia classes have provided complete inspiration and focus for her to pursue her creative talents in a learning environment. He has made writing exciting, fun, and rewarding... and her teachers have certainly noticed the impact it’s had on her! I can’t thank you and him enough."
- Terri, Writopia parent (Spring 2013)

Monday

New workshops starting every month! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up now.

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9 — Expository/Analytical
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens — College Essay

 

Tuesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9 — Playwriting
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13 — Playwriting
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens — Playwriting

 

Wednesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11 — Comics
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens — Graphic Noveling

 

Thursday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Friday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Saturday

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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: Teens
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

Sunday

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1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

 

 

ENCINO WORKSHOPS

Location: Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Monday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11 — Expository/Analytical
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens — College Essay

 

Tuesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Wednesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Thursday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Friday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

Saturday

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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: Teens
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

 

 

SILVER LAKE WORKSHOPS

Location: Silver Lake Community Church

Monday

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4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9 — Expository/Analytical
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Ages: Teens — College Essay

 

Tuesday

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4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11

 

Wednesday

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4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13

 

Thursday

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4:30 PM to 6:00 PM Ages: Teens
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Ages: 11 to 12

 

Friday

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4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13

 

 

 

EL SEGUNDO WORKSHOPS

Location: El Segundo United Methodist

Monday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11 — Expository/Analytical
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens — College Essay

 

Tuesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Wednesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Thursday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Friday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Saturday

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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: Teens
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

Sunday

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1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

 

 

CULVER CITY WORKSHOPS

Location: The Exploratory

Monday

New workshops starting every month! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up now.

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11 — Expository/Analytical
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens — College Essay

 

Tuesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Wednesday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Thursday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Friday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: Teens
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

Saturday

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10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ages: Teens
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 10 to 11
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: 12 to 13
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Ages: Teens

 

Sunday

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1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 8 to 9
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 10 to 11
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: 12 to 13
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

 

 

BEVERLY HILLS WORKSHOPS

Location: Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Thursday

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3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Ages: 8 to 9
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Ages: Teens

 

 


 

LA HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

We offer week-long workshops during school breaks. Check back for seasonal listings.

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SPRING BREAK WORKSHOP DATES

SANTA MONICA

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

March 30th to April 2nd (No Workshop Friday, April 3rd)

  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 7 to 8
  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 9 to 11
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: 12 to 13
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: Teens

 

 

EL SEGUNDO

El Segundo United Methodist

March 30th to April 2nd (No Workshop Friday, April 3rd)

  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 7 to 8
  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 9 to 11
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: 12 to 13
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: Teens

 

 

SILVERLAKE

Silver Lake Community Church

March 30th to April 2nd (No Workshop Friday, April 3rd)

  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 7 to 8
  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 9 to 11
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: 12 to 13
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: Teens

 

 

CULVER CITY

The Exploratory

March 30th to April 2nd (No Workshop Friday, April 3rd)

  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 7 to 8
  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 9 to 11
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: 12 to 13
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: Teens

 

 

ENCINO

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

March 30th to April 2nd (No Workshop Friday, April 3rd)

  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 7 to 8
  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 9 to 11
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: 12 to 13
  • 1:30PM - 4:30PM Ages: Teens

 


All writers who complete original creative work will be invited to publish their pieces on our online magazine, The Parenthetical, and to participate in a public reading at Barnes and Noble at the end of the summer.

Workshop Cost: $560 Sliding Scale Options: $390 | $290 | $180 We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and operate on an honor-based sliding scale tuition system in order to make our programs accessible to as many young writers as possible, regardless of ability to pay. Learn more about our sliding scale policy here.