OUR MISSION

Writers Blok brings structure, accountability, and a sense of community to the practice of writing.

 

We function like a gym or a yoga studio, using a set schedule to help our writers break their projects into bite-sized portions. Writing is like exercise: more effective in small doses and better in a group setting.

We know that writing can be lonely, intimidating, and sometimes, downright terrifying. It doesn't have to be.

THE DETAILS

We host two types of sessions. Sprint Sessions involve a short chalk-talk, a brief goal-setting session, and 50 minutes of writing, followed by a post-writing check-in.​ Extended Sessions are comprised of 90 minutes of uninterrupted writing and 20 minutes of small-group breakout.  

All our sessions are accompanied by refreshments and healthful snacks, including whole fruits and coffee roasted locally at Bar Nine in Culver City.

For further details, visit our Policies & FAQ page.

We frequently host guest speakers for Q&As during our PLUS Sessions. Notable past speakers include Sheila Lawrence (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Michael Curtis (Friends), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), Danny Zuker (Modern Family), Cynthia Sweeney (The Nest), Stephen Markley (Ohio), Meghan Daum (The Problem with Everything), Jeff Buhler (Pet Sematary) and Jamila Hunter (Netflix).

 

For details on upcoming events, please visit our Events page.​

PRICING

Monthly Rates

Choose the level of commitment that's right for you.

(Monthly rate with six-month commitment in parentheses.)

5 Sessions/Mo.

($80)

10 Sessions/Mo.

($120)

20 Sessions/Mo.

($160)

Includes:

Access to Sprint + Extended Sessions

Discounts at Labs & Seminars

Access to genre-specific Facebook groups

Access to Sprint + Extended Sessions

Discounts at Labs & Seminars

Access to genre-specific Facebook groups

Access to PLUS Sessions (Q&As)

Access to Sprint + Extended Sessions

Discounts at Labs & Seminars

Access to genre-specific Facebook groups

Access to PLUS Sessions (Q&As)

Access to Cartel, our critique group (after 30 stamps)

Unlimited Sessions/Mo.

($240)

Access to Sprint + Extended Sessions

Discounts at Labs & Seminars

Access to two genre-specific Facebook groups

Access to PLUS Sessions (Q&As)

Access to Cartel, our critique group (after 30 stamps)

Two monthly single-session guest passes

 

Monthly small-group planning & strategy session with founder Paul Shirley
 

OUR SCHEDULE

TESTIMONIALS

“Writers Blok has been wonderful for my productivity - my friends were stunned when I told them I wrote two pilots and a spec script in a year."

- Cheryl Mulingbayan

"As a small business owner and father of three, the session-based schedule has allowed me to find the time to finish multiple short stories and even map out a novel over the past year. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when the clock is ticking!"

- Jeff Otto

"I’m a full-time Realtor and the mother of a 16-year-old daughter, so I was struggling to find the time (and a place) to write.There are enough sessions (and they vary in length) that I can check my schedule and sneak away from my job or family almost every day. And I’ve learned it’s not just a place to get my writing done, it’s a place to meet other writers like me."

- Kelly Aluise

"Joining Writers Blok gave me the structure and community I didn't have when writing out of a café or coffee shop. Over the past year, my productivity has gone through the roof! And the free AMAZING coffee, well…I’d join just for that!"

- Cathy Highland

“I finished the first draft of my first novel at Writers Blok. I’m not going to say it wouldn’t have happened without Writers Blok, but let’s look at the cold, hard facts: 

Start: November 2013, words written: ~30K
Salvageable words from November 2013: ~0.5K
Blue Period: 2014 – July 2018, words written: 0K
Since start of Writers Blok membership,

August 2018 – January 2019, words written: 86.5K.”
 

- Christin Neary

EVENTS & OTHER THINGS WE DO

A drop-in critique group for Writers Blok members who've attended at least 30 Writers Blok sessions.

Seminars, Labs, & Retreats

Specific, results-based workshops taught by experts of the craft.

THE STAFF

Paul Shirley founded Writers Blok because he hated writing alone and thought there might be others like him. He's had two books published and has written for SlateThe Wall Street Journal, and Esquire.

As Director of Operations, Jamie Hoang takes care of the day-to-day at Writers Blok. Jamie's debut novel, Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Adult Fiction. 

Sierra DuCharme-Hansen is a graduate of Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television writing.

Meg Hughes is a screenwriter dabbling in any genre that she has a good story for. She previously served as Creative Executive at an independent film production company. She finds that helping other writers develop their work has the added bonus of improving her own writing.

Nicholas Jackman is a graduate of the University of California-Riverside. He came to Los Angeles to pursue writing and acting.

CONTACT US

To send Writers Blok a note, use writersblokla@gmail.com.​

Click below to stay informed about all our upcoming events and guest speakers, including authors, directors, and screenwriters.

 

(We promise not to overwhelm you with emails.)

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