the master classes 2022




The Master Classes are five-month courses (January to June) designed to help bring the author's work to publication. These workshops are open to writers of fiction and memoir. Class size is limited to four writers and is by invitation only. Please submit your work below.

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."

Anton Chekov


The desire to write is really the desire to evolve - to resolve something we seek to understand. The Master Classes are designed to hone, clarify and polish, to dig deeper into your work while remaining true to that initial impulse that got you started. And while there are no guarantees, this intensive 20-week course is designed to bring your work to the point where it is ready for representation and publication. The courses include 20 two-hour workshops with world-class authors/writing instructors, daily accountability check-ins with your fellow writers, daily writing prompts designed to explore your characters more intimately, a four-week live story structure workshop with Alan Watt, and finally, a private salon where you read your work for invited guests, including literary agents and managers.

novel master class teachers


Cynthia Bond

New York Times bestselling author of Ruby, Random House

CYNTHIA BOND is a New York Times Best-Selling Author. Her novel RUBY was chosen to be an Oprah Book Club 2.0 selection. RUBY was also a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and an Indie Next Pick. A PEN Rosenthal Fellow, Bond attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, then moved to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She founded the Blackbird Writing Collective in 2011. Cynthia has taught writing to at-risk and homeless youth for over fifteen years and is on staff at Paradigm Malibu Adolescent Treatment Center. She is currently completing the second book in the RUBY Trilogy. A native of East Texas, she lives in Los Angeles with her daughter.


Alan Watt

Bestselling author & founder of L.A. Writers' Lab

ALAN WATT is an L.A. Times Bestselling novelist for Diamond Dogs, and has won a number of awards for his writing including France’s Prix Printemps (Best Foreign Novel), the American Library Assoc.’s Alex Award, and Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers. He wrote and directed the independent feature film, Interior Night, which won best feature at The Breckenridge Film Festival, and The Boston Film Festival's Filmmaker Visionary Award. His book, The 90-Day Novel was Amazon's #1 book on writing for five months. He is the author of eight books.


The Novel Master Classes

Semester Length: 20 weeks

Class Dates: January 24 - June 6, 2022

Industry Salon: June 13, 2022

Class Days and Times: Cynthia Bond: Mondays, 3:00 - 5:00 pm PST - Alan Watt, Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Where: Zoom

Class Size: Limited to four writers

Cost: $4800

Due to the limited class size, there are no refunds for this workshop.

the master classes include

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Twenty 2-hour workshops

an open book

4-week Outline Your Story workshop

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Playback access of all workshops

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1-on-1 Story Consultations
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Daily writing prompts

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Accountability groups

submit your work

Please apply here for the 2022 Master Classes.

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