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Success: Ellen Byron Adds Mystery Novelist to Her Resume

TV writer and former Writers’ Program student/instructor Ellen Byron can now add Lefty and Agatha Award-nominated mystery novelist to her resume. The first novel from her Cajun Country Mystery series, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books, 2015) was nominated for the 2016 Agatha Award for Best First Mystery and 2016 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. […]

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The Newest Addition to the WP family: Ani Cooney

After serving as the Creative Writing (Online) and Events assistant for the past two years, I, Phoebe Lim, recently made the switch-a-roo to the other side of our unit, where I now serve as the program assistant for creative writing onsite courses.  I am happy to announce that my previous seat has now been filled […]

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Success: Glen Erik Hamilton Publishes Past Crimes

Mystery writer and WP student Glen Erik Hamilton has published his first novel Past Crimes (William Morrow, 2015), a Seattle-based mystery thriller about Van Shaw, a man raised to be a thief by his career criminal grandfather. The novel was published to positive reviews, and Kirkus calls it “a well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir.” […]

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Summer Courses Await You!

What are your summer plans?  Multiple days at the beach?  A grand 4th of July celebration?  A weekend trip to wine country (I’m convinced there’s a “wine country” no matter where you live in the world)?  It’s time to get the summer calendar packed with fun!   But whatever you’ve got planned out for the next […]

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Success: R.K. Jackson Publishes The Girl in the Maze

Student R.K. Jackson has a pretty impressive resume: award-winning science writer and editor at NASA, co-producer of exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum, and former senior editor at CNN. Now he can add bestselling novelist to the list. His thriller, The Girl in the Maze, was published in September 2015 (Alibi/Random House) and […]

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Master Classes in Novel Writing, Feature Film Writing, and Television Writing: Is One of Them Right for You?

Creative writers, do you have a completed manuscript that needs revising?  Screenwriters, do have at least one completed feature film script or television pilot script?  Are you serious about getting published or produced? Then you’ll want to consider one of the Writers’ Program’s three master classes this fall. Designed for writers who are committed to […]

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Success: Marc Morgenstern Pursues MFA at Warren Wilson College

Student Marc Morgenstern, who studied with Lou Mathews, Marisa Matarazzo, and Stephen Cooper, has been accepted into the Warren Wilson College low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Like dozens of Writers’ Program students before him, Marc prepared for the MFA application process in Lou’s advanced short story workshops. “Lou’s passionate teaching, tireless critiquing of my […]

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An Interview with UCLA Extension 2015 Outstanding Arts Instructor in Screenwriting Michael Weiss

WP Instructor Michael Weiss’ unrelenting perseverance translates not only to his success as a screenwriter and former Miramax VP of Production, but also through the unwavering patience he has for his students. It doesn’t take long for them to be won over by his charming demeanor, attentive ear, and extensive mastery of screenplays. Due to […]

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Success: Jocelyn Jansons Wins George R.R. Martin Grant!

Feature Film Certificate graduate Jocelyn Jansons has won the George R.R. Martin Science Fiction/Fantasy Screenwriter Grant for her coming-of-age story Wolf. Administered by the New Mexico Film Foundation, the grant is funded by author, screenwriter, and executive producer of Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin and will allow Jocelyn to continue working on her screenplay. Jocelyn says […]

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AWP16: The Place to be for Writers

Question:  What do you get when you put 12,000 writers, students, authors, editors, and publishers under one roof for three days?  Answer:  Opportunities galore to make connections with the most influential people in the literary world today. AWP16, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year from March 31-April 2, is the largest literary […]

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Success: Wendy All Selected for Emerging Voices Group Show

Fiction Certificate student Wendy All recently participated in the 13th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Wendy was selected by The New Short Fiction Series to read her short story “The Deluxe Package.” “After a debilitating illness, a doctor suggested writing as therapy, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program […]

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