The Writing Lab

at Jacob Krueger Studio

Meets One Saturday Per Month;
12pm-6pm EST

Prerequisite: Write Your Screenplay and Permission of Instructor

The Writing Lab is a class for advanced and emerging professional writers, available by application only. Taught by studio founder Jacob Krueger, each Writing Lab takes a six-hour deep dive into a different screenwriting concept, designed to expand who you are as a writer.
 
You’ll learn to use meditative writing to connect to the emotional truth of your writing and your characters, master the advanced concepts of Seven Act Structure, build both your art and your craft as a writer, and break through the inner blocks that cut you off from your best writing. 

12 Month Commitment

Join us for a full year and save money.
$ 350 Per Month
  • Live in NYC or Online
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6 Month Commitment

6 consecutive months of creative writing workshops.
$ 450 Per Month
  • Live in NYC or Online

The Writing Lab is designed for writers of all genres, including screenwriters, tv writers, playwrights, novelists, memoirists & short story writers. You must apply or 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 or clicking the Schedule Interview button below.

Upcoming Classes

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The Writing Lab is taught by studio founder Jacob Krueger, and is where we explore the most cutting edge techniques among a community of advanced and emerging professional writers. 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, learning the 7 Act Structure of a complicated film, 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, expand your voice as a writer and discover the heart of your story and your characters.

Answers to Common Questions

Who Should Join The Writing Lab?

The Writing Lab is designed for advanced and emerging professional writers of all types of dramatic writing, including screenwriters, playwrights, novelists, and memoirists. Here are just some of the concepts that have been covered in recent Labs.

  • 7 Act Structure
  • Developing a TV Series Engine
  • Meditative Writing
  • Hypnosis for Writers
  • Writing For the Inner Eye
  • The Sea Change 
  • Treatment Writing
  • Logline Writing
  • Subtext
  • Rewriting
  • Adaptation
  • Connecting Yourself To Your Characters and Story Even If You Are Working On Assignment
  • Tarot for Writers
  • How to Begin a New Project or Return To an Old One
  • The Secret Language of Producers
  • Pitching
  • Advanced Formatting Techniques
  • Writing for Social Justice
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 taught by Studio Founder, Jacob Krueger.

What’s the Difference Between The Writing Lab and The Workshop or ProTrack?

While the Workshop and ProTrack are available at all levels, from Beginner to Professional, The Writing Lab is only for Advanced and Emerging Professional Writers and Professional Writers. While the Workshop and ProTrack focus on direct feedback on your writing on the way to a final product, the Lab focuses on exploring your process as a writer, blowing the lid off the way you think about writing, and expanding your voice and your craft though lectures, writing exercises, demos and question and answer sessions. 

Can I take The Writing Lab and The Workshop or ProTrack at the Same Time?

Yes, in fact we highly recommend it.  Combining The Writing Lab with Protrack or The Workshop 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 changing instantly after their 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 Lab includes both lectures to deepen and expand your process as a writer, and extensive writing exercises to explore what you’ve learned in a tangible way, you can depend on seeing dramatic growth in your art, craft, and voice. And like any of our classes, if you come to the first class and it’s anything less than life-changing for you, we’ll be happy to refund your money.

What’s It Like To 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 an in person class  Our LIVE two way 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 Writing 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.

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Special Scholarships For Affected Communities
If you work in the service industry, production, performing arts or another profession that's been shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis, we've got your back.
For every class purchased at regular price, JKS will be offering two 50% scholarships for writers who otherwise couldn't afford to attend.
You may also make a donation to our scholarship fund here.