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Success: Lisa Gomez Wins Writers Guild Pitch Competition

2015 Writers’ Program Scholarship recipient Lisa Gomez, who is pursuing a Certificate in Feature Film Writing, has won the 2016 Writers Guild Foundation Festival Pitch Competition. Lisa was one of 10 finalists (out of 200 entries) to pitch her script for three minutes in front of 300 aspiring screenwriters and several industry judges. Lisa won […]

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So Many Good Books and Movies in Summer 2016!

Bring on summer!  More importantly, bring on the summer movies and books!  As you would expect from a writing program, we love to absorb as many books and movies as possible.  Just like we pow-wowed as staff back in January about what we read and saw over the December holiday break, we also recently pow-wowed […]

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Success: Adi Blotman Wins 2015 Final Draft Big Break Contest

Adi Blotman won first place in the comedy category in the 2015 Final Draft Big Break Contest for her script Reality Check, the same script that landed her in second place in the 2014 UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition. Adi credits the Feature Film Writing Certificate Program for her success, which she says “helped me […]

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Two Great Ways to Fast-forward Your Writing Career This Summer

As part of the Writers’ Program 50th anniversary celebration, on Saturday, August 13th we’re offering a FREE 3-hour seminar – How to Become a Professional Film and TV Writer – for students interested in writing for feature film and television. Led by current producer/manager Victoria Wisdom, the course aims to demystify how the contemporary entertainment industry […]

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Success: Nadine Nettmann Lands Three-Book Deal for Sommelier Mystery Series

Student Nadine Nettmann has received a three-book deal from Midnight Ink for her sommelier mystery series. Decanting a Murder, the first in the series, was recently published to positive reviews, with RT Book Reviews calling it “a fast, sophisticated ride with just enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the final confrontation.” Nadine […]

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Keeping Up with the Kirkwoods

The annual James Kirkwood Literary Prize, named for Writers’ Program student and Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line, There Must Be a Pony), was established by his friends to honor new generations of fiction writers for their literary achievements. For decades now, it has served as motivation, inspiration, and gratification […]

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Success: Tracy Tynan Publishes Wear & Tear: The Threads of My Life

Writers’ Program student Tracy Tynan has published her memoir Wear & Tear: The Threads of My Life, about her lavish, bohemian upbringing in the 1950s and 60s as the daughter of renowned theater critic Kenneth Tynan and author Elaine Dundy. Scribner is publishing Wear & Tear, which will be out July 12th. Tracy says it […]

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Join us at the 23rd Annual Writers’ Program Publication Party

Fun. Fabulous. FREE. Yes, I’m talking about the 23rd Annual Writers’ Program Publication Party. If you want to spend an evening mingling with some of Los Angeles’ most talented writers, then join us on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Skirball Cultural Center. Nineteen Writers’ Program instructors will be reading from work they’ve published […]

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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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