Success Stories

Success: Maryl Jo Fox to Publish First Novel

Success: Maryl Jo Fox to Publish First Novel

Former student Maryl Jo Fox will soon publish her debut novel, Clara at the Edge. The book will be released on November 21st. In the novel, eccentric widow Clara Breckenridge, seventy-three, is on a last-ditch journey to reconcile with her estranged son, confront the...

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Success: Abdi Nazemian Publishes Debut YA Novel

Success: Abdi Nazemian Publishes Debut YA Novel

Former student and instructor Abdi Nazemian's debut young adult novel, The Authentics, was published in August 2017. The book is the coming-of-age story of an Iranian-American teenager. It was named by Amazon as one of the best books of the month. Abdi's first novel,...

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Feature Articles

Instructor Interview: Wendy C. Ortiz

Instructor Interview: Wendy C. Ortiz

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor, Wendy C. Ortiz! Wendy is teaching a new one-day course this September, Writing the Political Memoir or Essay, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course.   1) What sparks your...

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Fall Registration is Open!

Fall Registration is Open!

It’s time once again to take a peek at some of the course offerings for the upcoming term. Fall is typically the busiest, most packed quarter, so I’ve got an array of courses across genres & disciplines, from one-day to full term, online and in the classroom to...

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UCLAxVengers, Assemble: WP’ at SDCC 2017

UCLAxVengers, Assemble: WP’ at SDCC 2017

It was another successful year for the Writers' Program and Entertainment Studies teams at San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest convention of comics, movies/TV and geekdom on the planet. From panels featuring our instructors to giveaway madness, from cosplays to recap...

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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.   Get...

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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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