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Spring 2017



  • Success: Robin Finn Publishes Debut Novel


    Robin Finn, former Writers’ Program nonfiction student, has published her first novel!  Robin shares that Restless in L.A. (February 2017 by InkSpell Publishing) “delves into modern marriage, mom judging, the challenges of raising a child with ADHD, and what happens when a married mom of three re-connects with an old love on Facebook.”  While this […]

  • Top Ten Reasons Why Writing Retreats are Awesome

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    Our Writing Retreat at Lake Arrowhead is in September, which will be here before we know it (and the registration deadline is July 1st!) so it feels like a good time to talk about the joys of writing retreats.  Having attended a handful myself, I’m offering a bit of advice using the internet’s favorite tools: […]

  • Success: Mae Respicio to Publish Middle Grade Novel

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    We are so excited to announce that Mae Respicio, former Writers’ Program student and staff member, has her debut middle grade novel coming out next year! The House That Lou Built will be published by Wendy Lamb Books at Penguin Random House in 2018.  It’s a heartfelt coming-of-age about a 12 year-old girl who sets […]

  • Michael Sudmeier Awarded 2-Month Mentorship as part of Claire Carmichael Scholarship


    Congratulations to Claire Carmichael recipient Michael Sudmeier, winner of a two-month mentorship with Lynn Hightower as part of the Claire Carmichael Scholarship in Novel Writing! Michael’s manuscript beat out those of his five fellow scholarship recipients in the final phase of the competition, in which one manuscript is chosen based on the quality of the writing and its […]

  • Success: David Mellon Publishes Debut Novel

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    Writers’ Program student David Mellon has published his first young adult novel through Merit Press/Simon & Schuster (March 2017)!  Silent, described as “dark and memorable” by Kirkus Review, is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism set in France during World War I. It’s about a fifteen year old from India who struggles to […]

  • Women’s History Month/International Women’s Day


    March is Women’s History Month, and today (March 8th) is International Women’s Day. The Writers’ Program staff, all of whom are readers, writers, and movie-goers, want to acknowledge the contributions female writers have made to the world. Here’s a sampling of our favorite female writers, along with a quote which highlights why we love them: […]