UCLA Extension

Colette Sartor

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAInstructor Biography:

MFA, fiction writer whose work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, FiveChapters, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Colorado Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. Ms. Sartor has won a Writers@Work Fiction Prize, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, a Reynolds Price Award, a Press 53 Open Award, and an honorable mention in Best American Short Stories.

Read Colette’s stories “Beach Haven” and “Daredevil.”
Instructor Statement:

We all have stories to tell, about a girlfriend who beat up her would-be mugger, or the guy at the next table who told his date he could weld everything but the crack in her ass and a broken heart. But when aspiring writers sit down to write, they often find themselves frozen with fear, unable to figure out what to say. That’s because they don’t always have the tools they need to tell their stories. My goal is to arm my students with a creative toolbox that brims with the necessities for bringing a story to life: characters so full of desires and opinions that they won’t stop talking; conflicts that demand action and reaction; dialogue that sings and intrigues and informs; settings that become characters themselves, they’re so real. Through craft lectures, writing exercises, and discussion of published work and students’ own work, I help my students experiment with their new toolboxes in a supportive, nurturing environment so that they not only know what they want to say, they’re also able to hone their stories into their truest forms.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Ms. Sartor was excellent! She proved very knowledgeable, thorough, encouraging, and appropriately and professionally critical. All her methods and her style amounted to one thing: better writing! I loved her.”  — Writers’ Program Student

Instructor Website: Click here to leave our website and go to Colette’s website.

Watch a writing tip from Colette:


Watch Colette read from her work at the 2015 Writers’ Program Publication Party: