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UCLA Extension, Two Day Memoir Class, October 29 & 30, 2016

Three-day Retreat in Idyllwild, Creekstone Inn

The Skirball Cultural Arts Center, Memoir, January 24 through March 14

State of NOW #140 Conference

Previous courses:

California Dreaming, One Day Workshop IWWG

Fundraiser for POPS at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, with Tim Allen

Getting to the Next Draft, a four-day workshop in Idyllwild, CA

Teleseminar with the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), November 14

Check back here for more upcoming Private Workshops and Public Appearances. 


"Amy is a gift for anyone burdened with a passion for writing. As an editor she has helped me punch up, accelerate and sharpen my descriptions, dialogues and plots. Her approach to editing focuses on what I've come to believe is the most important element of storytelling: clarity.  Her notes focus on  exposing and celebrating the truth of the tale being told.  She has a special talent for seeing what one's story is, even when it is not clear to the author, and this is a skill of immeasurable value. But beyond all of that, Amy is passionate and caring, and makes every writer believe that they have a story worth telling -- and if they didn't before, after working with Amy they will." ~ Damien Belliveau, TV editor

"After each summer workshop Amy teaches at Idyllwild Arts, I read the student surveys and discover she has outdone herself – again! Her generous nature, sharp intellect, and great humor make her the outstanding teacher she is, and create a workshop environment that not only brings out the best in her students, but allows them to grow and create beyond all expectations. Beginning writers and professionals alike rave about Amy." ~ Heather Companiott, Idyllwild School of the Arts, Director Summer Programs

"I found Amy to be one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever had, so inspiring that I took the exact same class twice just to have Amy again. She is a great teacher, editor and mentor."  ~ Pete Cummin, independent entertainment professional

"Amy Friedman is more than just a creative writing teacher. She is an inspiration and role model for all her students. Her teaching technique takes her student out of the world of writing exercises and places them in their own world of creativity. When I was taught by Amy, I had one story in mind but through her course I realized I had many stories to bring to the table and all were taken and critiqued with sensitivity and construction. Her class was so good that I actually became a published author three months after her class for that one small short story. Like I said, Amy is not just a teacher but an inspiration." ~ Priya Balachandran, supervising producer at Yahoo

"Amy helped me to discover that a genuine writer did live inside of me and allowed me to grow and develop in an atmosphere truly free of judgment." ~ Ken Bank, professional photographer, Los Angeles

"Amy is an amazing writing instructor. She's an extraordinary writer, too, but not all great writers make good writing teachers. Amy has an almost visceral understanding of the writing process and rare instincts about what makes writing better. She's enthusiastic, empathetic and inspiring, and she's generous in sharing her love and understanding of writing with her students. I have felt fortunate to take several of her classes, and I would like to take more because she guides me toward being the writer I want to become." ~ Mary Daily, senior editor, UCLA Communications and Public Outreach

"Amy is a fantastic and inspirational writing teacher. She doesn't critique as much as she engages, getting everyone to asks questions of each other and of themselves. After years of classes and grad school, Amy was the one to get me to push myself to the next level and get published. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Do yourself a favor and take a class from Ms. Friedman." ~  Sharon Bordas, writer, producer, creative executive, Mar Vista Entertainment

"Aside from being a brilliant writer, Amy is an excellent teacher and editor. She is knowledgeable, warm, generous with her time and talents, and keeps the class engaged and inspired. I took an eight-week workshop with her -- loved every minute of it, and came away from it with the beginnings of a new book. I recommend Amy's classes and workshops to all my writer friends." ~ Hollye Dexter, author and singer/songwriter

"Amy has been and continues to be a PEN in the Classroom teacher with wonderful results. In addition, Amy has supported other PEN programs including our Emerging Voices program. Amy creates a supportive, constructive environment for writers of all ages. Amy is a mainstay of our writing community." ~ Adam Somers, executive director, PEN Center USA

"Amy is the most amazing writing teacher I've ever studied with. She is not only very perceptive and has developed great techniques that she passes on, but she is extraordinarily generous with her time and talent. I've taken two courses with her and am quite certain I will take another down the road. Anyone who has the opportunity to study with Amy is doing themselves a big favor. " ~ Elaine Bernstein Partnow, editor and writing coach

"One of the best teachers I've ever had. And I've had lots of them. Amy inspired me, encouraged me, and taught me not only about writing, but about what it means to call myself a writer. I wish I could take 100 classes with her." ~ Clint Piatelli, producer, Metaphysical Media

"Two years later, I still refer to notes and practice exercises from a two-day class with Amy, both for my own writing and to improve the revisions of my elementary school students. Amy's workshop method was so easy to incorporate that I used it to help guide first and fourth graders in the writing process. My most effective athletic coaches were those who succinctly pointed out the flaws in my performance and how to correct them in order to achieve excellence, and that's what Amy does as a writing coach." ~ Donna G., grade school teacher

 Amy is an acutely intelligent reader. You can’t fool her with insincere writing or an imitative style. She taught me to better critique myself, to catch myself when slipping into clichés and easy writing traps. In need of inspiration? She will instantly get you over your blocks. The other day I joked to her that I had nothing to write about because I had become a boring person. She immediately countered, telling me to go home and write about boredom. But the best thing about Amy is that she is always exceptionally warm, generous, open-minded, ego-free, drama-free, and simply great company. Not to forget, extremely well-connected. ~ Christine Hauser, hotel manager, economist and writer, Beirut, Lebanon

As a student in Amy's workshops at UCLA Extension, I was able to enter more deeply into the stories that sometimes lurk just beneath the writing on the page. She brings body and soul to the work of teaching and has, over the years, honed her own unique and remarkably effective methodology, including a structured way of giving and receiving feedback -- as a class -- that opens things up rather than closing them down. Writers of essay and memoir will, in particular, benefit from her mastery of the craft and the wisdom of her heart. ~ Sylvia Sukop, freelance writer and PEN Emerging Voices Fellow (2009)

I was amazed at Amy’s ability to get the best out of everybody in the class I took at UCLA Extension.  Why amazed? The class contained an enormous variety of students, from the experienced to the first-timers, from the confident to the bewildered, and Amy helped each one of us to get the very best out of ourselves  -- and each other. ~ Alan Murgatroyd, Liverpool, England