Take your screenwriting
career to the
next level.

A 5-week immersive experience designed to help new and aspiring screenwriters replace guesswork and procrastination with clarity, focus, and confidence — so you can stop feeling lost, aimless, and stuck, and start making progress.

WWS is for anyone who wants to:

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Turn procrastination into progress.

There’s nothing worse than feeling guilty for spending hours on social media instead of working on that script idea. Turn procrastination into tangible progress by learning how to create your own productivity system.

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Build a supportive professional network

Network with a community of supportive, like-minded creatives on the same journey.

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Be the boss of their creative career

Stop feeling lost and get in the driver’s seat of your creative career. Learn how to  navigate Hollywood, manage your finances, and build confidence from the inside out so you can be the boss you’re meant to be.

“The Map”

“This course has given me a map that I will return to again and again as I move forward in my career as a writer. It’s not just about how a writers room works and how the industry works; it’s about how to be the person who gets there, who moves beyond it, and who builds a productive and rewarding career.”

Jay Burlingham

Writer

The Course

MODULE 1: Career Building Blocks

Build a strong foundation for the long term. You’ll learn what the industry is looking for, how to embody those characteristics and I will coach you through how to mindfully build a powerful mindset so you can show up as your best self and create the life and career you want.

MODULE 2: Networking

The word “networking” has been known to
strike fear into the heart of even your least
socially awkward writer. But fear no more
weirdo, because networking isn’t about stiffly blurting out your feature idea to a stranger like a robot, it’s about making genuine connections with hustlers just like you. In this module, you’ll get an actionable roadmap to navigate the Hollywood machine, learn how to build and maintain your network, find collaborators, and more.

MODULE 3: Skills & Action

Learn how to build a productivity system around your creative projects that kill procrastination and gets you from idea to execution on autopilot so you can build momentum and create a path all your own.

MODULE 4: Inside the Writers Room & Pitching A TV Show

How do I nail a TV staffing interview?” “What happens in a writer’s room?” “How do I knock my first job out of the park and make sure everyone wants to hire me forever?” You’ll also learn a TV Writer’s other most crucial job — how to pitch a TV show.

MODULE 5 – Beyond the Room

The transition from the rigidly structured world of a 9-5 to the wide-open plains of a working writer can be a rocky one. This module will cover how to make the final transition from civilian to Boss including an introduction to F.I.R.E in The Werking Writer’s 6 Step Guide to Money Management Workbook where I walk you through how to save for those in-between times, pay off debt, and build lasting wealth without overwhelm.

The 5 weeks will be a combination of live Zoom Mentor sessions with working writers + watching the pre-recorded course modules taught by Charla. Students will complete weekly assignments after each module to put what they learned into action.

About Charla

I’m the last person anyone ever expected to work in TV comedy. I’m a woman, an immigrant, and I deal with my fair share of anxiety. But a decade ago I decided to stop living in fear of what I couldn’t do and start working towards what I wanted. A bunch of Writer’s Rooms and billions of mistakes later, I’ve learned many important lessons, but probably the most important one is that being a working creative in Hollywood requires more than talent- it requires that you BYOB (Be Your Own Boss).

If you’ve been working towards your goal of being a screenwriter and it feels like there is no clear way forward it’s because you have to create your own path. And now you don’t have to do it alone. When you join this program you’ll get the knowledge, guidance, and support you need to mindfully build a system for your career so you can stop stressing and start werking.

Meet Your Mentors

Dahéli Hall

[da.hay.lee] is an award-winning LA-based performer, writer, and director. She was a writer and performer on Netflix’s DEAR WHITE PEOPLE and a recurring character on GRACE & FRANKIE. She is probably best known as a cast member and writer on season 13 of Fox’s MAD TV.

Andrew Barbot

is an Emmy-winning TV and screenwriter from San Diego. Most recently he wrote on Warner Animation’s upcoming film “Toto.” For television, he has written for “The Last O.G.” (TBS), “Playing House” (USA), and Hulu’s reboot of “Animaniacs.”

Kate Spurgeon

is currently a co-executive producer on Moonshine (CBC). She is an alumna of the Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop (2016) and a finalist for the WGC Award for Best Drama script (2022).

Hannah Settle

is currently a Supervising Producer at Paramount in their adult animation department, overseeing shows like Beavis and Butt-head and Clone High.

Mentors shown above are not guaranteed for your session. Mentor sessions will be based on writer availability, but no worries, all sessions will be run by working writers.

“I Feel More Prepared!”

“There are a ton of writing classes out there, but Charla helped me work through the stuff that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I feel more prepared and more knowledgeable to take on the next phase of my writing career!”

Dylan Evans

Writer

Trusted By Writers Like You

This program gave me specific insight into the film/TV industry that I’ve rarely if ever heard anyone talk about in a class before (for example how a writers’ room actually works), as well as mindfulness and management practices for me to reach my full potential.

Applying tools from Werking Writer has given me more control, and therefore less stress working in such a challenging industry. It’s been an incredibly valuable experience

Nicole Pasquale

Writer and Actress | Los Angeles, CA

As someone who’s gone into credit card debt taking comedy classes (sorry, credit score in my early 20s) and attended numerous industry workshops and panels over the last decade, I’ve never had a program provide such clear, proven, and actionable advice for those looking to make the leap from balancing day jobs and side hustles to pursuing screenwriting and filmmaking full-time as this one.

Charla’s insights throughout these modules are useful for writers and creators at various stages in their career. I definitely feel like I’m armed with a lot more knowledge about breaking into an industry that hasn’t been covered elsewhere.

Meghan Ross

Writer | Austin, TX

The Werking Writer Course helped me with nearly all aspects of my writing. After taking it I’m procrastinating less, networking more, and have a clearer sense of direction on how to advance professionally.

Most of all I’m enjoying writing more than ever. I highly recommend it to anyone serious about screenwriting.

Levi McCachen

Stand-up Comedian and Writer | Vancouver, BC

Next Cohort: July 11- August 12

Enrollment closes July 6th

Spots Left!

The 5 weeks will be a combination of  watching the pre-recorded course modules taught by Charla + live Zoom Mentor sessions with working writers. Students will complete weekly assignments after each module to put what they learned into action.

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Lifetime access

Lifetime access to the program including all future updates + all future cohorts.

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Community

Access to a private community of ambitious creatives and industry professionals.

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Mastermind

Quarterly group mastermind sessions with working TV writers.

“A Wonderful Mentor”

“I highly recommend the Werking Writer Course. It was so great to be a part of a community of writers under Charla’s leadership. Charla helped create community both in class and offline, and for that, I’m grateful. Charla is very knowledgeable about the industry and a wonderful mentor!”

Mia Bernadino

Writer and Actress

Werking Writer School Is Not For You If:

  • You’re a hobbyist.
  • You want a course on writing.
  • You’re not ‘coachable’ and willing to try new things.
  • You’re not willing to take action on your dream career.

To be clear: This is not a writing course, nor will you get professional feedback on your scripts.

Don’t wander aimlessly through Hollywood.

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Learn a system for your career that gives you:

  • The creative freedom to do your best work.
  • The emotional freedom to focus on what matters.
  • The industry knowledge to navigate Hollywood with confidence.

More Testimonials

“Becoming aware that there are so many skills outside of just the craft of writing and comedy that are crucial to your success is so important. Every creative needs to understand that writing and creating is just one component of being in the industry and this class definitely helps to fill that gap. If you feel stuck or as if you don’t know what move to make next – I would definitely recommend this class. Even if you feel you are progressing well in your career, Charla uses her lived experience to help you avoid common mistakes. “

Jordana Jason,

Writer

“I left my job as a development executive at the top of 2020 to be a writer and spent the next two years writing. Going into The Werking Writer course I was burning out and looking for accountability as I was losing sight of my career. Charla and this program helped me get out of my own way and not only get unstuck, but help me gain a renewed focus. Each week offered tons of practical information that can be employed immediately — and you will be required to. This program also made me feel less alone. Gathering regularly with a trusted community of creatives that know your struggle was therapeutic and rejuvenating. The information and relationships I have gained in this program are lifelong.”

Selam Andeberhan

Writer

“Charla’s course has helped me feel less stuck in my corporate job and more fearless in pursuing my creative path. I wrote my first pitch during her course and planned a one-month-long international run of my solo show. Charla shares practical tips and personal experiences that have helped me see that the creative life I want is possible. She gives you an honest peek into what being a TV writer is like both on professional and personal fronts, so you can make the call that is right for you. As a discussion moderator, Charla builds and maintains a positive and inclusive space where classmates can learn and lift each other.”

Ann Chunharakchote,

Writer and Comedian

Plans & Pricing

100% Money-Back Guarantee

We have a no-questions-asked 100% money-back guarantee:
If you finish Module 1 and realize this course is not for you, email school@thewerkingwriter.com and we’ll be happy to get you your money back.

No questions. No explanations. No awkward pauses.

Your Questions, Answered

I want to join but I can’t afford it.

There’s no official scholarship but we don’t want the course to be a financial burden for anyone. If you’re actively pursuing a career in screenwriting and are exceptionally motivated but not able to afford the cost of the course, apply and note this in the bio section of your application. 

I’m already a screenwriter. Is this course for me?

Absolutely! This course is best for aspiring and early career screenwriters still figuring out how to navigate the industry. Even if there are some aspects of this course that feel remedial (like what happens in a writer’s room) —there will be tons of helpful modules to take your career to the next level.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! You’re able to split your payment in two when you choose the 2-Pay option at checkout. Please note you’ll be paying a bit more for the convenience of multiple payments.

Why is there an application process?

Since the people in the program are your colleagues and future collaborators, we want to make sure that they’re as serious about pursuing a career in TV as you are. The application process is there to maintain the quality of the program and sift out those folks who are writing as a hobby.

What happens after I apply?

You’ll get a response to your application within 48 hours. If you’re a fit for the program, we’ll send over an enrollment agreement and a link to purchase the course.

I’m not just a screenwriter. I’m also an Actor/Director/Panda. Is this course for me?

Yes! This course is built for multi-hyphenates.

Do I need to be a working screenwriter to join this course?

No. This course is for new AND aspiring screenwriters. It’s designed for people actively working towards becoming a screenwriter and for early-career screenwriters who have broken into the industry within the last 1-3 years who want to create the most amount of progress in the least amount of time.

What makes this program different?

There are tons of screenwriting courses out there. There are also lots of coaches and consultants in Hollywood but most of them are executives who have never actually stepped foot in a writer’s room. You’ll be learning from writers who’ve been exactly where you are and who can give you the actionable guidance you need to get you moving in the right direction.

Got questions? Drop us an email at school@thewerkingwriter.com