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Success: Poet and Scholarship Recipient Publishes Widely

2014-15 Scholarship Recipient Ha Kiet Chau had an extremely prolific 2015, and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Last winter, her poem “100 Degrees Heat,” which she wrote in Laurel Ann Bogen’s Creative Writing: Poetry, was published in The Riding Light Review. Since then, she has published her poetry in Toad Suck Review (Jan 2015); The […]

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Here’s to You, Mrs. Gebauer: How One Instructor Brought America’s Most Reclusive Author into the Writers’ Program Life and Gave Deserving Students the Gift of Learning for Generations to Come

On an otherwise unremarkable spring afternoon ten years ago, I received a call from Phyllis Gebauer, a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor who, for two decades, had taught novel and memoir writing. “Linda,” she said, “I have this book collection, and I was wondering if you have any ideas about what I might do with […]

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Success: Syrian Student Overcomes All Odds

Maria Dadouch has one of the most incredible stories we’ve heard lately. Not only did she complete her Certificate in Fiction Writing from war-torn Damascus, Syria, but she went on to apply for and receive the inaugural Claire Carmichael Scholarship in Novel Writing. “I received an email from my instructor, Terry Pierce, urging me to […]

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TV, Film, and Book Recommendations from Writers’ Program Staff!

TV, Film, and Book Recommendations from Writers’ Program Staff! Happy New Year!  I hope we can still reference the new year even though we’ve been back in the swing of office life for the last three weeks!  While we’ve been busy, busy answering your calls and emails,  it’s not all work and no play here […]

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Dan Fante: In Memoriam

It is with a keen sense of loss to the writing community and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program that I acknowledge the recent death of Dan Fante, who taught novel writing from 2012 to 2015. In early November, Dan informed us that he had cancer and was taking a break from teaching to focus on […]

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Writers’ Studio Spotlight: Flash Fiction Workshop with Colette Sartor

Colette Sartor is a bona fide smartypants. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she received her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and has published in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Review, among others. This quarter, she helps short fiction writers hone their craft in a supportive workshop environment at the […]

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Success: Debra Diamond Publishes Life After Near Death

Student Debra Diamond has published her book Life After Near Death: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Transformation in the Extraordinary Lives of People With Newfound Powers (New Page Books, January 2016). She was also featured in a recent Huffington Post article about her journey to publication. Debra says her Writers’ Program classes “were most helpful […]

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Ron Suppa: In Memoriam

Writers’ Program has lost one of its most longstanding and dedicated screenwriting instructors. Ron Suppa died on January 5, 2016 after a long battle with multiple myeloma. “They always call it a battle and they’re understating it,” Ron wrote me recently, promising to call if he regained his voice. That call never came. Ron joined […]

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Happy 50th Anniversary to the Writers’ Program!

The Writers’ Program staff is back in the office, rested and ready to take your calls and answer your emails. And even though we’re only a week or so into 2016, we know it’s going to be a very special year indeed! First and foremost, we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary. That’s right. It’s been […]

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Goodbye 2015!

UCLA Extension is officially closed until January 4, 2016! As 2015 draws to a close, we remember what a good year it was for the Writers’ Program. Highlights include naming the first Allegra Johnson Prize recipient; launching and naming the recipients of the inaugural Claire Carmichael Scholarship Program in Novel Writing; and exhibiting at Story Expo, […]

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Success: Silas Matthies Publishes in Iconoclast Magazine

Longtime Writers’ Program student Silas Matthies has published his story “A Dying Wish,” about violence erupting in a Victorville, CA trailer park, in Issue #111 of Iconoclast Magazine. (Disclaimer from Silas: “The story includes graphic sex, violence, and crude language, so it is definitely not for everyone.”) Silas, who has been taking Writers’ Program courses […]

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