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Success: Poetry a Springboard to MFA Program for Student John Schmidtke

John Schmidtke is in the midst of his MFA program at Goddard College, but not long ago he was a student in Anna Maria Hong’s popular online course From Art, Not Chance: Writing in Poetic Form. John says that Anna Maria’s class “made playing with words so much fun, I had to keep writing.  Her […]

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The Writers’ Program’s 1st All-Female Literary Smackdown

Join us as three Writers’ Program instructors/writers with a fabulous flair for comedy go to the mat (literally!), to compete for the title of funniest storyteller. With comedy aficionados Erika Schickel, Melinda Hill, and Rachel Kann performing, and the always hilarious Tod Goldberg (an award-winning author and former WP instructor) as emcee, it’s a sure […]

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Success: Creative Writing: Short Story Leads to Publication for Helen Evans

Helen Evans has published her original Native American folktale “The Rodadora” in the August 2015 edition of Gingerbread House Literary Magazine. As Helen describes, “The Rodadora” tells the story of Roberto, “a young boy who assumes responsibility for his village against overwhelming odds.” She wrote the story in honor of her father “who encouraged me […]

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Writing with the Pros: The Best (and Most Inexpensive) Resource for Film & TV Writers

While no educational experience can replicate working with a professional screenwriter in a 10-week screenwriting course, we know that sometimes time and/or money is in short supply. But that doesn’t mean your screenwriting education has to come to a halt, especially when you can get practical, timely, and valuable feature film or television writing information […]

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Success: Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva Wins Indie Excellence Award

Former student Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva has won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Children’s Fiction-Chapter Books for Broccoli Chronicles, which follows Myrtle Beckle and her quest to cure cancer through broccoli. Broccoli Chronicles also received Honorable Mention for Juvenile Fiction in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Awards. Taneeka thanks Lynn Hightower for providing a foundation for her storytelling. “Lynn helped me to understand the structure of a novel and the basis for […]

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Late Starting Fall Courses Just For YOU! Yes, YOU!

I don’t want to alarm you but FALL QUARTER STARTS THIS WEEK! Can you believe it?! I cannot. It seems like just yesterday I was planning a fabulous summer trip and then enjoying that fabulous summer trip followed by returning to work and recounting stories of my fabulous summer trip to my coworkers. Now here […]

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Success: Chris LeGras Publishes First Novel

Former student Christopher D. LeGras, who we’ve featured before here, has published his first novel, Weather to Fly. Forthcoming in January from Rare Bird Books, Weather is the story of a group of aviators connected by the airplanes they fly. “The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program not only helped me refine my skills and habits,” says Chris, “but also […]

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