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.
We host writing Sprint Sessions that involve a short chalk-talk, a brief goal-setting session, and 50 minutes of writing, followed by a post-writing check-in.
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 also exist as an online platform. Using Discord, we host Online Sprints, Fireside Chats with expert writers, and other activities built to help you get writing done.
We'll host seven hourlong Sprint Sessions for current members from 9 am - 4 pm on the following days:
Monday, June 22
Saturday, June 26
Wednesday, July 1
Starting July 6, we'll be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, also 9 am - 4 pm.
We'll accept a limited number of new members in July. To get on the waitlist, fill out this form. We'll get back to you soon!
“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
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 Slate, The 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.
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