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Success: Greta Heinemann Selected for CBS Writers Mentoring Program

Student Greta Heinemann, who won 1st place in the 2013 UCLA Extension Television Writing Competition TV Specs category for her Sons of Anarchy script, and 2nd place in the TV Pilots category for her original Valleywood, has been selected for the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. She is already outlining a new pilot under CBS’ guidance. […]

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Year in Review: The Best of Success Stories

Are you a creative person who yearns to make a living doing what you love? Do you find it tough to keep your spirits up when faced with an ever more competitive publishing industry or the insular world of Hollywood? Then this article is for you. There’s nothing we love more than sharing student successes […]

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Success: Susan Oren Publishes in HuffingtonPost

Online student Susan Oren recently published her personal essay, “Liberal, Well-Meaning Mom Blows it When Her Son Comes Out–Then She Feels Blessed” in the Huffington Post’s Gay Voices. As she puts it, “We’ve all heard the right-wing and/or religious parents’ reactions; the intent of this essay is to present something different.” In the piece, which […]

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2014 Hummel Scholarship Recipients Aspire to Write!

Each year, more than 3,000 international students arrive from over 60 countries to study at UCLA Extension. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the International Student Office was first opened thanks to Laurel Hummel. Laurel, who brought her love of travel and appreciation for other cultures to her work at UCLA Extension, retired in […]

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Success: Certificate Graduate Wins Silver Prize in Hollywood Screenplay Contest

Sonja Adema (who we’ve featured before here and here), a graduate of the Certificate Programs in Feature Film Writing and Television Writing, has won the Silver Prize in the Television Spec Script category of this year’s Hollywood Screenplay Contest for her Modern Family spec script “Kissing Cousins.” She was also named a finalist in the […]

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Carla’s List of Favorite Blogs by Writers’ Program Instructors!

Years before I took a writing class and began working at the Writers’ Program, I was a blogger. In the early days, I blogged whatever I thought was funny (like the time I read so many trashy magazines I started talking like I was best friends with celebrity couples and my husband had to intervene […]

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Success: Suzanne Lummis Publishes in The New Yorker!

Revered Los Angeles poet and Writers’ Program instructor of two decades, Suzanne Lummis has just published her poem “How I Didn’t Get Myself to a Nunnery” in The New Yorker! In addition, Poets & Writers recently featured the video of her reading her hilarious poem “Ways to Make Money” at the Publication Party this summer. […]

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