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Success: Bev Magennis Publishes Alibi Creek

Congratulations are in order to former student Bev Magennis, whose novel, Alibi Creek—about a New Mexico family reunion that leads to drastic transformations of beliefs, identities, and relationships–will be published by Torrey House Press in March 2016. “I began writing late in life,” says Bev, who in 2010 enrolled in Revising Your First Draft Novel […]

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Writers Helping Writers

I have a confession—I’m really good at supporting other people’s writing pursuits but not nearly as good at supporting my own. In fact, I’m rather awful at it. I am living proof that one can be fully immersed in working at a writing institution all day yet not be able to find the time/energy/motivation to […]

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Success: Sweet Success for Online Student

Allison Morse has just published her debut romance novel, The Sweetheart Deal (The Wild Rose Press). Set in the 1950s, the novel follows protagonist Ellen in her search for love and success.  Allison credits the Writers’ Program with helping her refine her work. “To hone my craft I’ve taken many writing classes through UCLA Extension,” […]

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Comic-Con: The Sequel!

Last year, the Writers’ Program was fortunate enough to exhibit at the largest convention in the world for all things fantasy and fiction-related: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON! In case you missed our recap of our adventurous 2014 excursion, you can find it online here. As the Writers’ Program screenwriting advisors, Chae Ko and I are suiting […]

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Success: Sharon Yablon Publishes in TAYO and The James Franco Review

It’s been a successful 2015 for Sharon Yablon, who has published her short stories “Perfidia” in TAYO and “The Caller” in The James Franco Review. Sharon workshopped both of the pieces in The Art of the Short Story: Advanced Workshop with Lou Mathews. “He is a wonderful, encouraging and truthful instructor,” says Sharon, who until […]

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Follow Your Writing Passion this Summer

While everyone else is packing their flip-flops and sunglasses and flying off to the most exotic vacation spot this summer, you are packing your writing gear and heading down to the nearest coffee shop. And while they all sip cool drinks and dive into the pool, you order a gallon of coffee and dive into […]

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Success: Longtime Student Publishes Self-Help Guide

Tracey Cleantis, who has been taking Writers’ Program courses for over two decades, has published her first book, The Next Happy: Let Go of the Life You Planned and Find a New Way Forward (Hazelden, March, 2015). Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and called it  “…a must-read for anyone who’s had enough of […]

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