Success Stories

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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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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Feature Articles

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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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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