Written by Veterans Writers Group members at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2018 on day 1 and day 2

Written by Veterans Writers Group members at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2017

The Written by Veterans Writers Group at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2016

The Written By Veterans Creative Writing Program was started in the summer of 2014. It is open to those closely affiliated with the military and their immediate family members. It features a rigorous nine-session college-level course in which participants receive thorough training in the art, craft, and business of professional screenwriting. Screenwriting is an ideal way to learn methods of writing longer projects such as novellas and novels.

In our Writers Group our members will find support and inspiration to develop their projects. Our publishing label "Written By Veterans," gives our members the option to publish their work in eBook and Trade Paperback formats, while retaining all profits, rights, and control.

As a group in conjucntion with the CSUSB Veterans Success Center, we create awareness and publicity through appearances at events, such as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the High Desert Book Festival, and VA Loma Linda Mental Health Summit.

Written By Veterans members perform at the Clay Hunt Mental Health Summit 2016, VA Loma Linda

Written By Veterans at the High Desert Book Festival 2016

Written By Veterans at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2015, 2016, and 2017

Screenwriting Course

You will learn how to develop your original idea into an outline, a treatment, and finally into a feature length screenplay. We will examine how various characters "drive" a story. We'll explore modern screenplay structure, dialog, suspense, non-linear storytelling, and many other elements of writing a story for the screen. You will also learn about tapping into your creativity and sustaining your creative flow. Further, you will be introduced to basic legal and business aspects of screenwriting and be shown how to convert a manuscript and publish it on Amazon as a Kindle eBook or in Paperback.


If you want to write novels, this screenwriting course can be very beneficial. Novels
are very much free-form and it is nearly impossible to teach how to them. However, writing screenplays can be taught, because screenplays have structured narratives and character development follows very specific patterns. The techniques and knowledge you'll learn in this course, can be directly appliedto novel writing. Knowing how to write a screenplay should not only make you a more effective novelist, but a better writer in general.

Veterans Writers Group

To take this course, all you need is a desire to write, a first idea of a story you may want to write, and a willingness to put your emotions on paper. Past creative writing experience is good, but not necessary. If you took creative writing classes, you must be willing to unlearn and be "teachable," since our approach may differ significantly from other writing courses. Throughout this course, I work closely with you through weekly feedback.

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Please watch the video about the screenwriting course:

(Produced by the CSUSB Department of Communication Studies)

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Andreas Kossak
(Screenwriting Course, Writers Group, Written By Veterans Publishing)

Andreas Kossak, a veteran of the West German Army (Bundeswehr), studied film at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. During his 25-plus years in professional filmmaking, Andreas produced and co-wrote an award winning indie feature, co-produced and line-produced TV spots, and various non-broadcast programs.   As a Cinematographer, Andreas has shot nearly 400 productions ranging from music videos, image films, documentaries, to feature films. Andreas is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). In 2010 he became an adjunct faculty member at CSUSB and taught screenwriting for six years, plus 4 years for the Written by Veterans creative writing program.


Vanessa Booke
(Screenwriting Course, Writers Group, Written By Veterans Publishing)

USA TODAY / AMAZON Best-Selling author VANESSA BOOKE is a lover of poetry, Rom-Coms, the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, and all things Jane Austen. She is an avid reader and graduate from Cal State University, San Bernardino where she received her Bachelor's degree in English Literature. Vanessa lives in beautiful Southern California with her husband Ryan and their three dachshunds Zer0, Zoey, and Zelda. When she isn't working on her best-selling novels, Vanessa spends most of her time window shopping and taking grand adventures with her partner in crime.


Zoe Phiko (Writers Group, Written By Veterans Publishing)

Zoe Phiko began writing fiction at the age of 14 when she created a highly popular web serial that she later turned into two short novels, Violet Winter and Abigail Winter. Following their publication, Zoe released two volumes of poetry, Feminine and Innermost. Now 17, Zoe has published her third novel, the futuristic, dystopian, coming-of-age epic The Center. Zoe also contributed to the 2017 and 2018 Written By Veterans Anthology.

Zoe proofreads and edits veterans' works in preparation for publishing. She is also active in maintaining the Written By Veterans website.

Zoe Phiko Amazon Author Page

Marion Philadelphia (Writers Group, Written By Veterans Publishing)

USC professor, Marion Philadelphia volunteers to support Written By Veterans, especially its writers group and publishing. "Writing means reflection, and reflection helps us understand and voice our experiences and set them into context," she said." Our veterans have important stories to tell, and they deserve to be heard." She proofreads and edits veterans' works in preparation for publishing. Marion Philadelphia is the author of the historical novel Der Gaukler der Koenige, published in German by Bertelsman-Random House.



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