Monday Dec 17th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Elana Golden teaches writing through the use of the personal story for the sake of peacemaking and beauty. She founded the Los Angeles based Writing Studio™ in January 2000, and since then has taught over 3500 classes, workshops and individual sessions in creative, personal writing to experienced and beginning writers, screenwriters, as well as coached many actors for auditions and parts.
In addition to the ongoing weekly classes at the Writing Studio’s permanent location in Los Angeles, Elana has taught her workshops in Colorado, Arizona, the Bay Area, and at the Skirball Cultural Center of Los Angeles. She also worked with Palestinian and Jewish high school students from Israel/Palestine using creative writing as part of a peacemaking training program, and with Palestinian women in Orange County.
There are no other schools in LA like The Writing Studio. Elana has taught over 4000 classes and workshops in the US and abroad, and the school has been in operation for 17 years!
It was good but not for me
I have been looking for a writing course that had more personal focus, time to write, and time for feedback. I love the reflection time as well. Feedback is supportive, expansive, opening and encouraging. Going back to continue, as I had been stalled for awhile. This course has me reinspired and excited about writing and discovering what arises from our creative well.
Elana is a great teacher. I found her meditations and short readings inspirational. She pushed me to keep going with my writing and gave me some ideas for a plot and main characters development.
I have worked with Elana in her Writing Studio for several years, My writing skills have flourished under Elana's gentle, encouraging and inspired tutelage. She is a truly talented writer, editor, mentor and writing coach. Going to one of her writing classes or spending a day in a private session is like going away to a spiritual retreat. I cannot recommend her highly enough and would give her ten stars is that was available!
Elana creates a space of sacred freedom where the creative soul inside of you cannot help but come alive. Her words of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration have helped me get in touch with the writer and creative being that I always wanted to be, but didn’t believe that I could be. I have written in Elana’s presence hundreds of times in the past 11 years, and every time I am surprised by what comes out. With Elana’s help I have learned to trust my own creative process, to find and love my own unique voice, and to tell the stories that want to be told. These stories have been sometimes painful, sometimes joyful, sometimes difficult, and always healing.
Michael Glock Ph.D.
Elana has a rare talent to connect you to your own myths. In a strange and magical way she holds a still space in her place that allows you to plumb the depths of your own life, revealing, perhaps for the first time, a rich tapestry, with characters, heroes and heroines and story arcs. Suddenly, it seems you are writing literature! Elana is a gift, see her, work with her.
I invested in attending Elana's weekly writing class for over four years. In that short period time, I wrote two books and many short stories, as well as crafted my business and website content. I went from someone who had never written a story, to someone who thrived and desired the feeling that came from writing. One of the added benefits of attending Elana's class was the fellowship. Many of my classmates and I developed friendships and it was an honor to witness the art of their stories unfold from start to completion. Elana's wisdom, intuition, encouragement, safety and constructive feedback provides a trusting invitation to write and is sure to bring an author out of anyone who has a unique story to share - which is all of us. Now that my babies are getting older I am eager and excited to return to Elana's classes.
I thoroughly enjoyed Elana's Creative Writing Workshop! I was able to dive deep and write from my heart because of the encouragement I received in the workshop. This support and guidance was provided by Elana to all the students taking the class. At the end of the day, I was delighted at what I had achieved, and touched by what others had shared in their writings. I came away realizing how much we all have in common, despite having come from very diverse backgrounds. I highly recommend Elana's Creative Writing Workshop! Five stars!
Phenomenal storywriting odyssey - from conception to birth - over the course of a deeply fulfilling day. I love and highly recommend Elana's classes to everyone hungry to share the unsung stories of their heart.
I began working with Elana Golden in The Writing Studio in 2001 and worked with her weekly for many years. In the first few classes I was very shy, not accustomed to writing personal stories, and especially not accustomed to sharing them aloud with a teacher and other students. However, Elana has a magical teaching genius that brings out the best in her students. She provides the safety necessary for our expression. I developed both as a writer and as a person. Writing the stories of my life was an experience both literary, and emotional. I recommend Elana's classes for new and experienced writers. She is able to tune in to where each student is, and give warmth and feedback to encourage progress at all levels.