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Success: Charmaine Craig Publishes Second Novel

Success: Charmaine Craig Publishes Second Novel

Former student Charmaine Craig recently published her second novel, Miss Burma, to solid acclaim. Miss Burma tells the story of modern-day Burma through the eyes of one family’s struggle to find love, justice, and meaning during a time of war and political repression....

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Success: Online Student Publishes Picture Book

Success: Online Student Publishes Picture Book

Writers’ Program student Julie Dillemuth just published her first picture book about a young raccoon who gets lost one night. Lucy in the City (Magination Press, May 2015) “promotes spatial thinking skills in kids, namely retracing one's steps and using landmarks to...

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Success: Gina Sorell Publishes First Novel

Success: Gina Sorell Publishes First Novel

Former student Gina Sorell has published her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers (Prospect Park Books), to high praise and positive reviews from Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, The Toronto Star and more. Kirkus Reviews says her novel...

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Success: Jac Smith Accepted Into MFA Program

Success: Jac Smith Accepted Into MFA Program

Congratulations are in order for former creative writing student, Jacqueline Smith (AKA Jac) who has been accepted into the 2017 MFA Fiction Cohort at Notre Dame! Less than 5% of applicants are accepted into the program and we’re so happy that Jac is one of them!...

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Seven Ways to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

Seven Ways to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

Writers thrive on getting the creative juices flowing. There needs to be consistency, but there also needs to be some spontaneity as well. So here’s a few tips on breaking up your writing routine to hopefully get those ideas sparking in new and exciting ways.  ...

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Creative Writing Courses – Where to Start

Creative Writing Courses – Where to Start

Often when looking at writing courses as a beginner, or someone getting back into classes after years out of school, the number of options can be daunting. Not everyone enters into creative writing classes knowing which area they want to focus on – and some folk want...

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Allegra Johnson Prize in Memoir

Allegra Johnson Prize in Memoir

“This was our wedding day, typically a day of celebration and joy. But I felt like a student who, about to take the most important exam of her life, had not only failed to study but had also forgotten a number 2 pencil. And a blue exam book. And pants.” –from Pretty...

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Summer Writing Playlist

Summer Writing Playlist

Summer is a time of distractions: kids out of school, BBQs, pool parties, vacations, and binge-watching shows in preparation for their fall return. Somewhere in there, writers need to find time to write. Whether you're writing from a secluded beach hut or just...

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24th Annual Publication Party

24th Annual Publication Party

Last week, the Writers’ Program held our 24th annual Publication Party, celebrating instructors who have published works in the past year. The event was held at the Skirball Center to a crowd of nearly 200 students, friends, guests and fellow faculty. The crowd was...

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Instructor Interview: Trebor Healey

Instructor Interview: Trebor Healey

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor, Trebor Healey! Trebor is teaching a new course this summer, Gay Men’s Writing Workshop: A Literary Approach to Writing About Gay Life, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. 1)...

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Instructor Interview: Michele Bigley

Instructor Interview: Michele Bigley

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor, Michele Bigley! Michele is teaching a new course this summer, The Art of Travel Writing, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. 1) What sparks your creativity? Everything sparks...

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Summer Writing Tips

Summer Writing Tips

Here in the northern hemisphere, the days are getting longer, and warmer. Summer is upon us and I thought I’d offer a few tips for keeping your writing mojo going when many would rather be at the beach or holed up in a cool bookstore escaping the heat. Read – Any time...

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Summertime and the Writing is (hopefully) Easy

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...

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Celebrate National Poetry Month!

Celebrate National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month and we’ll be posting here, on facebook, twitter and Instagram all month with links, poems, prompts and more. To kick off, here’s a few ideas for things you can do to celebrate, and some favorite (short) poem selections by some our...

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