Here are a few testimonials from our prior students:

“I took three of Pen & Paper’s Mini-Workshops and I was pleasantly surprised with each class. The instructors were well-qualified, but most noticeably they were all super enthusiastic and friendly. I felt each class was an amazing value for the time and effort that the instructors put forth. I am going to return to Pen & Paper for more workshops in the future.”

 A.M. Larks, Northern California

“In the space of a weekend, Cheryl Pappas introduced a new-to-me mode of writing and gave me the tools to start my own flash fiction journey. Although I shared the class with writers at all comfort levels, each of us got what we needed to move forward within a friendly, fun environment.”

 Katie Thomason, Los Angeles, CA

“Very happy with the flash fiction weekend workshop I took with Cheryl Pappas. I was able to really hone my writing skills in a short amount of time thanks to the exercises and direction of the instructor.”

 Brett Walker, New Hampshire

“Cheryl Pappas tackled an ambitious syllabus for her mini-workshop on Flash Fiction. It was due to this rigorous schedule that I was able to grow in my understanding of the genre. Her comments were insightful and encouraging. Her lessons were succinct, and each led nicely into the next assignment. I loved the class and found it inspiring and helpful.”

 A.M. Larks, Northern California

“Kudos on your how-to-submit workshop. Even though I'm not really a newbie, I learned a LOT. This is the perfect class for those who need to know the basics of submitting their work (fiction or non) and need real, applicable, take-away tools to pursue.”

 Diana Rosen, Los Angeles, CA

“Sara Marchant is an attentive and supportive writing teacher. She provides constructive feedback, calls me out when necessary, pushes my boundaries, and all the while gives my words encouragement and me the belief that my stories matter.”

Adele Zane, New York, NY

“Sara Marchant's course in creative nonfiction was interesting and informative--from her assigned readings to her feedback on my assignments and our class discussions. I'll definitely take another Pen & Paper Writing Workshop--they keep me motivated to keep writing!”

 Anne Silva, Los Angeles, CA


C. Gregory Thompson

C. Gregory Thompson, a Pushcart Prize nominee, lives in Los Angeles, California where he writes fiction, nonfiction, plays, and memoir. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal, Reunion: The Dallas Review. Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. His short play Cherry won two playwriting awards. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He also has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His coursework, while he attended NYU, included film and television production as well as multiple screenwriting courses. He also wrote and directed the awarding-winning student film “Elysian Fields.” While working in the entertainment business, he wrote many screenplays. He recently left a longtime career in the film business as an awards consultant to Hollywood studios and is now a full-time writer and writing instructor. He is the founder of Pen & Paper Writing Workshops. He lives in Glendale, California with his partner. They have no children, and no dogs, cats, chickens, horses, goats or geese. Follow C. Gregory on Twitter @cgregthompson and on Instagram @cgregorythompson.