THE WRITING LAB
at Jacob Krueger Studio

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

Prerequisite: Write Your Screenplay or  The Inner Game or Permission of Instructor

The Writing Lab is an experimental workshop dedicated to only one thing: the development of your voice as a writer. Using cutting edge writing exercises drawn from hypnosis, psychology, meditation, entrepreneurial theory, tarot, acting, improv and many other diverse fields, you’ll open new doorways to getting your unique voice on the page.

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)

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Upcoming Classes

Saturday, December 8th, 12pm-6pm
The Writing Lab
with Stephen Molton

“MOVIES, TV & THE DEMOCRATIC MIND” — American media has evolved as both a blessing and a curse. Ultimately, our films and TV shows are a mirror by which America grapples with itself to the fullest — the good, the bad and the ugly. We ARE the protagonists that populate our narrative landscape. This workshop will dive deeply into the process of conceiving those protagonists and populating their imaginary worlds as a 4-dimensional mindscape; one that extends from deep inside the individual, out to the existential slugfest of our society itself, and well beyond it to our relationship with the world as a whole. Easy-peasy, right? Hmmm… Come along, you’ll see.

Saturday, January 12th, 12pm – 6pm
The Writing Lab
with Audrey Sussman PhD

“FUTURE REHEARSALS: Finding Your Way Past Obstacles” — In this workshop you’ll learn how to use the power of your subconscious mind to change the inner programs that get in the way of your goals and desires. You’ll enjoy the cascading river meditation that gives you an easy way to let go of stress and self-doubt. And after the stress is released we’ll use the Future Rehearsal technique to uncover hidden emotional obstacles that cause worry and procrastination. So join us and get unblocked with the 3-step method that activates imagination and moves you past obstacles.

The Writing Lab is team taught by Audrey Sussman, PhD as well as prestigious guest speakers from the Jacob Krueger Studio faculty 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 Audrey Sussman, PhD 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.