Master Classes and Pro-Series

If you have the talent, passion, and determination necessary to produce professional-quality work, apply for acceptance into a Master Class or Pro-Series. Each of these advanced workshops is limited to eight writers and requires submission of a complete novel or screenplay.  Participants receive written feedback from a reputable agent, plus other perks.   The following master classes and pro series are offered in 2018.

  • Master Class in Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 3 Quarters)
  • Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series (Online/Low-Residency, 3 Quarters)
  • TV Pilot Writing: Pro-Series (Onsite/2 Quarters)

There is a $50 submission fee for each Master Class and a $10 submission fee for each Pro-Series. Check individual courses for submission requirements and deadlines.  Registration fees are due upon acceptance.  Deadline to submit is August 27, 2018.

For more information, expand the links below or contact an advisor at (310) 825-9415.

Master Class in Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 3 Quarters)

Alyx Dellamonica

This dynamic and rigorous online/low-residency Master Class in Novel Writing is designed for students who are serious about revising and polishing their novels and getting published. The 9-month, 30-week online course allows for intensely individual instruction, peer critiques from a community of like-minded, talented writers, and a focus on process and results.

Features and Benefits:

  • 30 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Includes a 4-day residency in LA with a guest speaker and bookstore reading
  • Guaranteed entry into the James Kirkwood Literary Awards competition
  • Consideration of a novel excerpt by a literary agent at the completion of the course
  • Discounted candidacy fee for certificate programs ($100 off for certificates in Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction.) The Master Class counts for nine core certificate units.  Only first time enrollees are eligible.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. 

The 2018-19 Master Class in Novel Writing will be taught by Alyx Dellamonica, author of “The Town on Blighted Sea,” a Year’s Best Science Fiction pick, and Indigo Springs, which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.

“Alyx is kind, thoughtful, and full of wisdom about how to write and get your writing into the public sphere. She is also a top notch facilitator, and encouraged everyone in the class to probe more deeply during open ended discussion. She kept every student engaged in the course material and there was a never a moment where any one of us veered too far off course. She gave very valuable feedback that was both gentle and honest. I would love to have her as an instructor again.” – Former student of Alyx Dellamonica

Dates:

October 3, 2018 – June 5, 2019
(Black-out dates:  Nov 21, Dec 19 and 26, and the week before, during, and after the residency)

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 14 – 17, 2019, 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Enrollment in this 9-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a novel in order to be considered. Submission materials and application fees must be received by the DEADLINE of 9am (PST), August 27, 2018 in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

1)    A one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken.

2)    A two-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress

3)   Completed first draft of your novel (Note: participants in this master class work only on the novel submitted for admission. No exceptions. Each page should be numbered, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced with 1-inch margins.)

4) In a separate document from the full manuscript, pull one complete scene you feel is one of the best and accurately reflects your novel-in-progress (no longer than 12 pages).

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $50 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in its entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Click here to go to the application.

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

For more information, please contact Carla Janas at cjanas@unex.ucla.edu or (310) 267-4888.

Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series (Online/Low-Residency, 3 Quarters)

Diane Drake

Starting with a story concept and developing it into a dynamic, compelling, and market-ready script, you learn how to articulate a personal vision while communicating with a wide audience, and how to balance the intuitive with the technical. Throughout the process, your originality is encouraged as you are guided to create complex characterizations, a powerful dramatic structure and thematic subtext, and to tell your story visually.

    Features and Benefits:

  • 30 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Includes a 4-day residency in LA
  • Opportunity for complimentary enrollment in one unlimited-enrollment Writers’ Program one-day course per quarter (three total)
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Feature Film Writing Competition
  • Consideration of a complete feature screenplay by an established agent, manager, or producer
  • Discounted enrollment fee for certificate programs ($50 off for certificates in Feature Film or Television, and $100 off for Film/TV Comprehensive.) The Master Class counts for nine core certificate units. Only first time enrollees are eligible.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.

The 2018-19 Master Class in Feature Film Writing is taught by Diane Drake, screenwriter, WGA member whose credits include, What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson, and Only You, starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei. Ms. Drake was Vice President of Creative Affairs for Academy Award-winning director-producer Sydney Pollack’s Mirage Productions.

“Diane Drake is one of the best instructors I have come across (and I have two graduate degrees and two post-graduate degrees from Ivy League equivalent universities not USA based). Diane is a brilliant communicator and I enjoyed every minute of the course thanks to her.”  – Former student of Diane Drake

Dates:
October 3, 2018 – June 18, 2019
No meetings the week of November 21, 2018; no meeting the week before, during, and after residency.

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
March 14 – March 17, 2019, 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Enrollment in this 9-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a feature film script in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

1) A one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous screenwriting courses taken.

2)  The first 30 pages of your completed feature film script. (Note: participants in this master class work on a brand new script, not the one submitted for this application. No exceptions.)

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in it’s entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

Click here to go to the application.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bonnett at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

TV Pilot Writing: Pro-Series (Onsite, 2 Quarters)

Phil Kellard

In a highly focused and collaborative workshop environment, writers start with a concept for a television series and develop it through the outline, pitch, first draft, re-write, and the final product: a polished pilot script ready to take to agents, producers, studios, and networks. Emphasis is placed on complex characterization, structure, the pilot story, and potential for future episodes. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and where their series concept may be best suited, whether multi-camera, single-camera, drama, dramedy, or animation. Viewing and discussing examples of classic pilot episodes provide insight into the creative process. In addition, Master Class students pitch their ideas to guest professionals who give them network level feedback.

    Features and Benefits:

  • 20 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Opportunity for complimentary enrollment in one unlimited-enrollment Writers’ Program one-day course per quarter (two total)
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Television Pilot Writing Competition
  • Consideration of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer
  • Discounted enrollment fee for certificate programs ($50 off for certificates in Feature Film or Television, and $100 off for Film/TV Comprehensive.) The Master Class counts for six core certificate units.  Discounts apply only during the 6 months of class; they cannot be applied retroactively.

The 2018-19 Master Class in Television Pilot Writing will be taught by Phil Kellard, writer-director; WGA member who was executive producer on The Wayans Brothers and Martin, and producer on Doogie Howser, MD. He has written pilots for The Disney Channel, Showtime, FBC, and Syfy. Mr. Kellard received an Emmy Award for instructional programming and the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Screenwriting, and is a contributing author to Inside the Room (Gotham Books/Penguin).

“Phil is knowledgeable and generous with info about the industry and he provided sound advice on structuring scripts. I would absolutely take another one of his classes.” – Former student of Phil Kellard

Dates: 
October 11, 2018 – March 14, 2019, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, No meeting November 22, 2018

Enrollment in this 6-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a television pilot or spec script of an existing series in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

1) A one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous screenwriting courses taken.

2)  A completed draft of your TV pilot or spec of an existing series script. (Note: participants in this master class work on a brand new script, not the one submitted for this application. No exceptions.)

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in it’s entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

Click here to go to the application.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bonnett at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

“Taking creative writing courses at the Writers’ Program was a transcending experience.”

Liska Jacobs, whose novel, Catalina, was recently published to rave reviews.

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