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Applications Now Available for the 2016 Claire Carmichael Scholarship in Novel Writing

Beloved former Writers’ Program instructor Claire Carmichael may have retired from classroom teaching, but she continues to make a huge impact on students via the scholarship she established last year. What was her motivation to create a scholarship?  “During my two decades of classroom teaching for the Writers’ Program, many gifted students have come to […]

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Success: St. Martin’s Publishes Jan Moran’s The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets

Former student Jan Moran, who we’ve featured before here, has published The Winemakers: A Novel of Wine and Secrets (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016). Library Journal calls it “a solid pick for fans of historical romances combined with a heartbreaking mystery.” Jan, a fragrance and beauty expert, says she “enjoyed studying under some of the best […]

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COMIC-CON, PART III: RETURN OF THE ARTS!

In 2014, the Writers’ Program received what any great hero receives at the start of a great story: a call to adventure. As fate would have it, the powers-that-be bestowed upon us the chance to exhibit at the largest convention in the world for all things fantasy and fiction-related: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON! In case you […]

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Success: Judith Teitelman’s Novel Chapter Published in PoemMemoirStory 2016

Writers’ Program student Judith Teitelman has published the first chapter of her novel Guesthouse for Ganesha, “a magical realist tale of love, loss, devotion and spirit reclaimed,” in PoemMemoirStory 2016. Judith, a consultant specializing in nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, says that she has “benefited from every class I’ve attended in the Writers’ Program.” Congratulations, Judith! […]

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The Halfway Mark of 2016: Celebrating Our Student Successes

The midpoint of 2016 seems like the perfect time for the Writers’ Program to reflect on how fortunate we are to have students from all walks of life turn their passion projects into life-changing works of art. Thanks to our talented writers and wise instructors, our well of success stories keeps overflowing. To celebrate our […]

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Success: James Rogers III Headed to USC Peter Stark Producing Program

2014-15 Writers’ Program Scholarship recipient James Rogers III is headed to the top film school in the nation to pursue his MFA. James was recently admitted to the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. “These next two years will be challenging, fun, fulfilling, and exactly what I’m looking for,” […]

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Writing through Difficult Times is Difficult

Carla’s Confession #947:  It’s true.  I’m not very good at maintaining my writing routine when life gets difficult.  By “not very good” I mean awful and by “difficult” I mean those incredibly tough times when life hits you upside the head and leaves lasting scars of pain, confusion, grief, and sadness.  When those moments happen—because […]

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So Long, Farewell, with Love

After 30 years as the head of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, our beloved Director, Linda Venis, is retiring.  While we are, of course, happy for Linda to enter this new phase of her life, the truth is that we hoped this day would never come. Linda took over the reins of the Writers’ Program […]

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Success: J. Ryan Stradal Wins Indies Choice Award

Former Writers’ Program student J. Ryan Stradal has won the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year for his novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Viking, 2015). Kitchens has taken the literary world by storm since its publication last year, and has been featured in People, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, […]

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Winner of Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing Announced!

“Funny, at a moment like this he would have preferred to hear his father’s voice creeping into his head.  Judgmental, clipped, but somehow easier to take than his mother’s voice, which was larded with guilt and sadness.” ~from Marthe by Elizabeth Figuls It was passages like this one that clinched the win for Elizabeth Figuls, […]

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Success: Writers’ Program Summer Reading List – Natashia Deon’s Grace

Natashia Deon is a Writers’ Program alum, former insurance defense attorney, 2010 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow, an LA Weekly Most Interesting Person 2013, and founder of the nonprofit Dirty Laundry Lit. With the publication of her novel Grace (Counterpoint Press) this week, she can add “professional novelist” to her resume. Redbook Magazine calls Grace […]

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