What we're about

Calling all writers! We run creative writing workshops in Carlsbad, CA every Sunday. Get words on the page and learn how to write better scenes along the way! About Nicole Criona, owner of LA Writers Group and book coach:

Coaching Stats:

• 35 clients have completed drafts of their book.

• Thanked in 4 books.

• 5 clients are currently seeking representation.

• 3 currently being considered by agents.


• Developmental Editing and First-Draft Coaching for Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, & Screenplays

• Creativity Coaching

• Productivity Coaching

• Scene Improvement

• Structure

• Writer’s blocks

Nicole Criona founded LAwritersgroup.com in 2003. She specializes in Developmental Editing and coaching fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters who want to complete their first draft.

Nicole authored the successful Get Writing Again in 15 Days (https://www.lawritersgroup.com/workshops/get-writing-again-email-course/) email course.

While Nicole focuses mostly on helping writers, Nicole’s writing credits include poetry and fiction on Hissquarterly.com (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue), Strongverse.org, Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine (http://goo.gl/8WeuVG), among others. She is currently working on a novel and a non-fiction book. Read Nicole’s poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall (http://goo.gl/SjpDZr). She has also worked as a freelance and content writer.

Schedule a Free Consultation

I believe if we are meant to work together, we will, and because of that, I don’t believe in high-pressure sales tactics. My consultations are all about getting to know if we are right for each other.

Schedule a free consultation with Nicole. (https://calendly.com/nicolec/consultation)

Upcoming events (5+)

100 Days of Writing

Online via Zoom

Can you write 200 words a day for 100 days? For those of you who want to write more consistently, let’s get into the habit now so that by the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, we can celebrate the fact that we’re already on our way to accomplishing one of our resolutions; to write more consistently. Are you ready to get writing? I’ve created a private network on Facebook (if you don’t have or want to use Facebook, I’ll email you the daily prompts) where I will post a writing prompt every single day, and the occasional interesting articles on writing or inspiration. Use the prompts to journal, or to write poetry, short stories, essays, or to write scenes for your fiction or nonfiction book. You don’t have to write one story per day, just 200 words per day. Maybe you use the prompt, maybe you veer from the prompt. All that matters is that you write 200 words a day. Why is it so important to develop a consistent writing practice anyway? A good question. After working with plenty of clients, I know there are as many answers to this question as there are writers, but here’s my take on the most important reasons: If you want to eventually publish something, you need to develop the habit of acting like a professional writer. And professional writers treat their writing like a career rather than a hobby. You need to amass as much material as possible. You need to catalog ideas, vignettes, storylines, scenes, poetry – whatever you like to write. Writing heals and helps you grow. I’ve dug myself out of several major depressive episodes through writing, and I’ve known writers who have written their way through trauma and physical illnesses. Are you ready to generate 20,000 words in 100 days? Starts 11/1/19! Please visit our website for price and registration: https://www.lawritersgroup.com/100-days-writing-online-community/

Writing Retreat in San Diego

6744 Camino Del Prado


The retreat will take place at a private residence in Carlsbad, CA, a beautiful beachside town in North County San Diego. You can book a nearby hotel for the weekend. Get words on the page Learn to write better scenes through writing exercises Learn the biggest mistakes I see in manuscripts Make new writing friends Get personal feedback on a scene or short story, up to 10 pages that you submit in advance Personal attention – limited to 8 attendees

Creative Writing Workshop for Fiction Writers

6744 Camino Del Prado


Generate new writings from original writing prompts designed to help you get words on the page and learn to write better scenes. Each meeting, we will generate new prose from writing prompts designed to teach you about different aspects of writing scenes, such as: - Setting - POV - Voice - Inner Dialogue - Dialogue - & lots more! Not critique-based: There is no critique (as each piece you write is so new) only much-needed positive reinforcement and tips to encourage you to reach the potential of each piece. If you are interested in receiving critique or guidance on your book project, please check out our Private Coaching or our First-Draft Incubator.

Writing Workshop: Journaling

6744 Camino Del Prado


Learn new techniques to make daily journaling fun!

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