Master Classes

If you have the talent, passion, and determination necessary to produce professional-quality work, apply for acceptance into one of three Master Classes offered in fall 2017-18. Each of these advanced workshops is limited to eight writers and requires submission of a complete novel or feature-length screenplay.  Participants receive written feedback from a reputable agent plus other perks.

  • Master Class in Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)
  • Master Class in Feature Film Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)
  • Master Class in Television Pilot Writing (Onsite/6 Months)

There is a $50 submission fee for each Master Class. Submission deadline is August 25, 2017. Registration fees are due upon acceptance to a Master Class.

For more information expand items below for details or contact an advisor at (310) 825-9415.

Master Class in Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)

Robert Eversz

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 2017-18 Master Class in Novel Writing will be taught by Robert Eversz, author whose novels have been translated into 15 languages.

“Robert is a gifted instructor.  He was very present in this online course and I was amazed how true he was to each student’s story, which spanned all genres/styles. Robert gave priceless criticism while maintaining the author’s own vision.” – Former student of Robert Eversz

Dates:
October 4, 2017 – June 6, 2018
(Black-out dates:  Nov 23, Dec 21 and 28, and the week before, during, and after the residency)

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 15 – 18, 2018, 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 4pm (PST), August 25, 2017 in order to be considered.

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $3,675 payable upon acceptance.

To apply click here.

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

Master Class in Feature Film Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)

Jon Bernstein

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
  • 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 2017-18 Master Class in Feature Film Writing is taught by Jon Bernstein, screenwriter, who wrote Meet the RobinsonsRingmaster, and Beautiful (starring Minnie Driver directed by Sally Field).  Mr. Bernstein has worked on film and TV projects for Paramount, DreamWorks, 20th Century Fox, NBC/Universal and the CW.  He recently wrote and directed the hit stage musical McCready.  Current film projects include The Unraveling (Neil Abramson, director) and Brian Wonders (Victor Robert, director).  He is a contributing author to Cut to the Chase (Gotham Books/Penguin).

“Jon is a fantastic communicator. He is organized and very inspiring.  His skill as not only a teacher, but as someone who really loves his craft, is infectious!”  – Former student of Jon Bernstein

Dates:
October 4, 2017 – June 6, 2018
(Black-out dates:  Nov 23, Dec 21 and 28, and the week before, during, and after the residency)

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 15 – 18, 2018, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

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. Submission materials and application fees must be received by 4pm (PST), August 25, 2017 in order to be considered.

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

To apply click here.

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

Master Class in Television Pilot Writing (Onsite, 6 Months)

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 2017-18 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 4, 2017 – March 21, 2018
No meetings on 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3/18 and 2/7/18

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. Submission materials and application fees must be received by 4pm (PST), August 25, 2017 in order to be considered.

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

To apply click here.

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, who signed a two-book deal with MCD, an imprint of by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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