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Success: J. Ryan Stradal Wins Indies Choice Award

Former Writers’ Program student J. Ryan Stradal has won the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year for his novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest (Viking, 2015). Kitchens has taken the literary world by storm since its publication last year, and has been featured in People, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, […]

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Winner of Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing Announced!

“Funny, at a moment like this he would have preferred to hear his father’s voice creeping into his head.  Judgmental, clipped, but somehow easier to take than his mother’s voice, which was larded with guilt and sadness.” ~from Marthe by Elizabeth Figuls It was passages like this one that clinched the win for Elizabeth Figuls, […]

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Success: Writers’ Program Summer Reading List – Natashia Deon’s Grace

Natashia Deon is a Writers’ Program alum, former insurance defense attorney, 2010 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow, an LA Weekly Most Interesting Person 2013, and founder of the nonprofit Dirty Laundry Lit. With the publication of her novel Grace (Counterpoint Press) this week, she can add “professional novelist” to her resume. Redbook Magazine calls Grace […]

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The Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing: A Life-changing Opportunity

Formerly known as the Writers’ Program Scholarship, the Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing was designed to foster the talent of promising writers from diverse backgrounds and cultures who lack the financial resources to study their craft in a supportive educational environment. The scholarship is awarded to 10 students a year, and each recipient is given […]

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Success: Suzanne O’Connell Publishes Poetry Collection

Retiree and student Suzanne O’Connell has published her first poetry collection A Prayer For Torn Stockings (Garden Oak Press). Suzanne says the Writers’ Program rekindled her passion for writing. “I had always loved to write, but never in a disciplined way, never with any knowledge behind me. It has been a stimulating creative journey.” She […]

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The Publication Party is this Wednesday, June 8th!

Come one, come all! Spend an evening with nineteen of L.A.’s most talented writers, buy books and get them signed by the authors, and enjoy complimentary coffee and sweet desserts! The Publication Party is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Writers’ Program, meet some of its wonderful instructors, and network with […]

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Success: Cheryl Manning Wins SCBWI Mentorship Contest

Student Cheryl Manning has won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Mentorship Contest, which provides a six-month mentorship with YA author Catherine Linka. During the mentorship Cheryl will work on her novel The Last Crane, about Kenji, a twelve-year-old living in Hiroshima in 1945. Cheryl workshopped The Last Crane in Mark Sarvas’ class, […]

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June + UCLA Extension = Graduation is here!

June is here, which means high school and college students all over the country are gathering their cap, gowns, and graduation tickets, while proud family members are purchasing flower bouquets and leis. UCLA Extension students are similarly abuzz and eagerly looking forward to participating in their own graduation ceremony where they will be applauded for […]

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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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