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Fall 2016



  • Success: Romalyn Tilghman Publishes Debut Novel To the Stars Through Difficulties

    Writers’ Program alum Romalyn Tilghman can now call herself a published author!  Romalyn’s debut novel To the Stars Through Difficulties comes out April 4, 2017 and is available through pre-order.  Full of Kansas history―from pioneer homesteaders to Carrie Nation to orphan trains―To the Stars Through Difficulties is a contemporary story of women changing their world, […]

  • New Program Director Named to Writers’ Program

    We are excited to announce that on Wednesday, October 19, Charles Jensen will officially take over as the program director of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.  As program director, Charles will have administrative and operational oversight of the largest self-supporting continuing education creative writing and screenwriting program in the world.  The Writers’ Program currently offers […]

  • Success: Melissa Yancy’s Prize Winning Story Collection Dog Years

    Writers’ Program student Melissa Yancy will soon add “published author” to her list of successes! Melissa is a recipient of the 2016 NEA Literature Fellowship, and her story collection Dog Years was selected as the winner of the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.  “The collection,” Melissa describes, “juxtaposes the miracles of modern medicine against the […]


      Last week, the Writers’ Program formally congratulated the top 3 winners of each category of the UCLA Extension Screenwriting competitions in Feature Film Writing, Television Spec Writing, and Television Pilot Writing. But their success didn’t happen overnight. Before this, the winners were like many new writers who come to us asking questions like “How […]

  • Success: Michael Sudmeier Awarded Fiction Fellowship

    Fiction Writing Certificate student Michael Sudmeier has received a fiction fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council!  Michael began his novel in Nancy Woodruff’s Novel I class and continued workshopping through classes with her as well as Lynn Hightower, Caroline Leavitt, and Robert Eversz.  Of his time studying with the Writers’ Program, Michael says, “UCLA Extension’s […]

  • Introducing Carla Janas!

    Interested in taking an onsite creative writing course? Then chances are you’ll call the Writers’ Program office one day in the not so distant future and be routed to Carla Janas, our new program rep and advisor for onsite courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and writing for the youth market. Carla has worked at […]