THE WRITING LAB
at Jacob Krueger Studio

Meets One Saturday Per Month; 12pm-6pm EST
In NYC or ONLINE

Prerequisite: Write Your Screenplay or  Break Through Writers Block or Permission of Instructor

The Writing Lab is an experimental workshop dedicated to only one thing: your development of your voice as an artist. Rather than worrying about the final product, The Writing Lab helps put your conscious goals aside, and instead comes at writing from a different angle to help you discover who you really are as a writer. Using techniques ranging from Meditative Writing to Hypnosis, you’ll develop your voice and your process as a writer.
You’ll learn to connect to the emotional truth of your writing and your characters, how to break through the inner blocks, procrastination and fear that cut you off from your best writing, and how to generate the kind of material you can be proud of without waiting for inspiration to strike. And did we mention pages? You’ll leave each class with a ton of them that you can hone and shape throughout the rest of your writing month.

Designed for writers of all genres, including screenwriters, tv writers, playwrights, novelists, memoirists & short story writers.

$350/month (12 Session Commitment)
$450/month (6 Session Commitment)

The Writing Lab is invite only. You must be nominated by one of our faculty members in order to join this workshop. Please ask your studio mentor how you can be a part of The Lab.
If you are not a current student of Jacob Krueger Studio, please schedule an admissions interview by calling (917) 464-3694.

Upcoming Classes

THE EMPATHY PATH: YOUR CHARACTER’S SOUL WOUND–Build your characters from their soul wound. Emotional wounds reveal your character’s dominant traits, emotional needs, internal conflicts, vulnerabilities, strengths, wants, actions, ironies, and the possibilities for transformation. Empathy for your character is the path to empathy from your reader.

DE-MYTHOLOGIZING THE STORY-STRUCTURE PROCESS–In whatever medium, when it comes to working out the story you’re after, if you think you need to stand on a pillar in the desert for the full picture to hit you, good news:  you don’t need to do that. In fact, you should NOT do that!  For everybody—beginner, contented craftsman, or old pro–structuring a story is not a matter of inspiration; it’s a matter of grinding, grinding, grinding the right scenes out.  In this Writing Lab workshop, we’ll be de-mythologizing the story-structure process by grinding out together students’ ideas of their own…after we’ve discussed—and agreed upon—the precepts required for any successful narrative. Over the course of the afternoon, after listening to a rundown of short, trustable, battle-tested guidelines from me, everybody will, as a group, be assisting each other in putting these (pretty much) inviolable precepts to practical use.  Please bring a TV or feature premise that you’d like collaboratively to expand upon. And bring, too, a handful (or so) of characters you intend to use to populate your story-idea as we flesh it out.  And one more thing that it’ll be enormously beneficial for you to bring:  a limitless willingness to ask, “What if…? What if…? And what if the opposite…?”

THE SEA CHANGE–The sea change is the most important element of the 7 act structure. It’s the engine for the second half of your movie and the completion of the structure you build in the first half. In this Writing Lab, you’ll learn how to build a sea change for your character and how to use it to power the structure of your script.

FIRST FIVE AND LAST FIVE–From FADE IN, hook your reader with the right genre-specific feeling, tone, and pace. At FADE OUT, leave your reader with the right emotional satisfaction at the end of the character’s journey. This will be a page submission workshop. Students may submit, in advance, the first 1-5 pages and/or the last 1-5 pages of a script.

the writing lab
the writing lab

The Writing Lab is team taught by Jacob Krueger, top Jacob Krueger Studio faculty members, and guests artists from a myriad of fields. This is where our faculty brings their most cutting edge techniques. One month, you might be using hypnosis to connect to your characters’ inner needs. Another, using meditative writing to get your writing flowing. Another, drawing on techniques from improv to develop snappy dialogue, using the tarot to get in touch with archetypes, or drawing on your dreams to find the unconscious motivations that drive your writing.

The class meets one Saturday a month. Through 6 hours of innovative and experimental writing exercises, lectures and exploration, you’ll learn to blow the lid off of what you thought your writing could be, banish writer’s block forever, find inspiration in an instant, connect to your unique voice as a writer and discover the heart of your story and your characters.

And did we mention pages? You’ll generate a ton of them!

 

 

Answers to Common Questions

Who Should Join The Writing Lab?

The Writing Lab is a class dedicated to creating the state of excellence that all artists seek called “Beginner’s Mind.” so whether you’re just starting out as a writer, or are an experienced writer looking to take your writing to a new place, The Writing Lab will not just change your writing, it will also change your life.

Designed for writers of all types, including screenwriters, playwrights, poets, novelists, and writers of any other genre, here are just a few of the many benefits of this approach:

  • Breaking through Writers Block & Procrastination
  • Uncovering the Real Emotional Underbelly That Drives Great Stories
  • Discovering Your True Voice
  • Creating More Provocative Dialogue, Images and Action
  • Developing an “Inspiration on Command” Writing Schedule
  • Injecting Joy Into Your Writing Process
  • Getting in Touch With Your Characters
  • Finding the Heart of Your Story
  • Discovering Theme
  • Natural Subtext
  • Opening Up Your Creative Side
  • Learning How To Write Even When You Can’t Find a “Quiet Place”
  • Connecting Yourself To Your Characters and Story Even If You Are Working On Assignment
  • Writing Cooler, Bigger, More Intense and Compelling Scenes
  • Learning To Love Your Weirdness and Understand Its Value
  • Relaxation
  • Confidence
  • Focus
  • Feeling Free and Successful Every Time You Write
  • Fun!

 

 

When Does It Meet?

The Writing Lab generally meets the second Saturday of each month, from 12-6pm, with some exceptions (usually for holidays). Here’s the full class calendar. (note–sessions more than 4 months in the future are subject to change).

 

Who Teaches The Writing Lab?

The Writing Lab is team taught by Jacob Krueger, as well as prestigious guest speakers from the Jacob Krueger Studio faculty and guests artists from a myriad of fields.

 

What’s the Difference Between The Writing Lab and Your Other Classes?

The Writing Lab is an experimental workshop dedicated to only one thing: your development of your voice as an artist. Rather than worrying about the final product, The Writing Lab helps put your conscious goals aside, and instead comes at writing from a different angle to help you discover who you really are as a writer. Using techniques ranging from Meditative Writing to Hypnosis, you’ll develop your voice and your process as a writer.

You’ll learn to connect to the emotional truth of your writing and your characters, how to break through the inner blocks, procrastination and fear that cut you off from your best writing, and how to generate the kind of material you can be proud of without waiting for inspiration to strike. And did we mention pages? You’ll leave each class with a ton of them that you can hone and shape throughout the rest of your writing month.

Can I take The Writing Lab and a Write Your Screenplay Class or ProTrack at the Same Time?

Yes, in fact we highly recommend it.  Combining The Writing Lab with Protrack or other classes in our program offers you a chance to combine the best of both worlds, concentrating first on the art of generating that great material, and then on the craft of shaping it into the story you’ve always dreamed of telling.

What If It Doesn’t Work For Me?

Many writers find that their writing is instantly flowing with the very first session of The Writing Lab.  Others find it more like yoga or learning piano, a practice that requires repetition and patience.  Since each class includes up to 3 hours of writing exercises, you can depend that you will generate a ton of writing, and develop a practice to defeat procrastination, overcome fear, and get in touch with your writing without having to wait for inspiration to strike.

Should I Take This Class Online?

Writing classes are about trust, community, and real-time give and take between student and teacher, so we’ve designed our online classes give our online students the same personalized experience as the students in the room.  Our LIVE video stream allows you to see and hear everything as if you were with us in person.  You can even ask questions and get them answered instantly by the instructor. Plus, we keep video-on-demand replays of every session online for a full month after the class ends, so you can watch and rewatch them on your own time and your own schedule.  All you need is a computer and a high speed internet connection.

What If I Have To Miss A Class?

As with all courses at Jacob Krueger Studio, you never have to worry about missing a class, no matter how busy your schedule.  Whether you take The Writers Lab in person or online, you’ll have access to unlimited video replays for a full month after the class ends, so you can watch and rewatch anytime, from anywhere in the world, and use these techniques every time you sit down to write.