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Summertime and the Writing is (hopefully) Easy

Hello from Writers’ Program assistant and social media gal, Bree. As you may have heard, summer registration is now open! We’ve got an extensive and exciting lineup of courses this term in fiction, screenwriting, creative nonfiction, poetry and special topics. You can always contact us for more info on specific courses and the program, but I just wanted to highlight a few of the courses I’m excited about for the upcoming term.

The Joy of Writing: A Six-Week Workshop in Creativity with Steven Wolfson

Writing is a craft, a practice, a discipline. It’s easy to get caught up in these terms, using them solely to achieve a goal (completed work) and lose the joy of creating. Taking a break from the drive to use writing as a means to an end and just explore the possibilities of a creative mind, and share those ideas with others, is of value to every writer.
Reg# 354804 ❖ Classroom

 

Writing the Horror Novel with Don Webb

I’m a horror fan. From Shelley to King, Stoker to Butler, and many in between. There’s a fascination that runs through cultures in dealing with and exploring the dark side of existence in creative (and terrifying) ways. Whether the horror is psychological or an all-out spook fest, creating work that isn’t afraid to explore people’s deepest fears makes us more understanding of life overall. Reg# 354456 – Online

 

Write a Novel in 10 Weeks with Tempany Deckert

I haven’t taken this class, but I’m going to speak from other experiences: this is not a class for slackers. Not that any class should be, especially when you’re dedicating time to your craft, but committing to writing a full novel draft in under three months takes a special kind of discipline and commitment (and maybe a touch of creative madness) – and this, for many writers, requires support and guidance (and yet more support). Regardless of your experience level, challenging yourself to this kind of writing marathon is daunting, but also exhilarating. Reg# 354803 ❖ Classroom

 

NEW: Poetry In Popular Culture with Ruben Quesada and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Connecting your creativity and work to the culture around you is something writers often do subconsciously. A class that works to connect your awareness of pop culture and what inspires and motivates you to create within that sphere can improve your writing, and awareness as a writer, regardless of your preferred genre. Plus, there’s something deeply satisfying about coming out of a class with several completed works. Reg# 354038 – Online

 

NEW: Adapting Literature for TV: The Pitch with Jacqueline Heinze

While all narrative forms of writing require a degree of mapping and planning – adding a bit of geometry or architecture to your ideas, if you will, few require concrete structure more than adapting a work of literature for film. Anyone who reads books and watches TV/film probably has a favorite book-to-screen adaptation and a least favorite. As adaptations increase in popularity, having guidance in how to craft – and pitch – one for yourself is invaluable on the road to getting that work produced (and hopefully pleasing fans of the source material, too). Reg# 354497 ❖ Classroom

 

Advanced Pilot Writing Boot Camp with Jacqueline Zambrano

Much like writing a novel in ten weeks, drafting a full pilot script in that time frame is a challenge. However, it’s one that anyone desiring to be a television writer should strive to rise to, and conquer. As an advanced class, a writing submission is required, along with approval from the instructor (submission deadline is June 1st). At the end of the class, if you complete your new pilot draft, not only will you have a completed script, you will receive a one-on-one consultation with the instructor. Reg# 354813 – Online

 

NEW: Breaking Through the Block: A Workshop Seminar in Confronting the Conflicts that Face Creative Minds with Laurence Rosenthal

Every writer, at some point, has issues with the act of writing, whether it be creative block, procrastination, rejection, or something else. A one-day course that addresses these issues and offers tips for overcoming and coping with them to continue creating is not to be missed! Reg# 354864 ❖ Classroom

Writing Retreat with YOU
Sometimes there’s freedom in structure, but sometimes you just need freedom: a change of scenery, unrestricted time for you and your craft. Whether you thrive having a couple other writers to commune with over the course of a few days, or you prefer to hole up on your own and write in solitude, our writing retreat has you covered. Commit to making time for yourself and your work – maybe even leave the smartphone behind…
Reg# 353709 ❖ Offsite in Lake Arrowhead, CA


Bree is the Assistant to the Director and Social Media Coordinator. You can email her at btodish@uclaextension.edu.

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