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The Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing: A Life-changing Opportunity

Formerly known as the Writers’ Program Scholarship, the Phyllis Gebauer Scholarship in Writing was designed to foster the talent of promising writers from diverse backgrounds and cultures who lack the financial resources to study their craft in a supportive educational environment. The scholarship is awarded to 10 students a year, and each recipient is given […]

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Success: Suzanne O’Connell Publishes Poetry Collection

Retiree and student Suzanne O’Connell has published her first poetry collection A Prayer For Torn Stockings (Garden Oak Press). Suzanne says the Writers’ Program rekindled her passion for writing. “I had always loved to write, but never in a disciplined way, never with any knowledge behind me. It has been a stimulating creative journey.” She […]

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The Publication Party is this Wednesday, June 8th!

Come one, come all! Spend an evening with nineteen of L.A.’s most talented writers, buy books and get them signed by the authors, and enjoy complimentary coffee and sweet desserts! The Publication Party is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Writers’ Program, meet some of its wonderful instructors, and network with […]

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Success: Cheryl Manning Wins SCBWI Mentorship Contest

Student Cheryl Manning has won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Mentorship Contest, which provides a six-month mentorship with YA author Catherine Linka. During the mentorship Cheryl will work on her novel The Last Crane, about Kenji, a twelve-year-old living in Hiroshima in 1945. Cheryl workshopped The Last Crane in Mark Sarvas’ class, […]

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June + UCLA Extension = Graduation is here!

June is here, which means high school and college students all over the country are gathering their cap, gowns, and graduation tickets, while proud family members are purchasing flower bouquets and leis. UCLA Extension students are similarly abuzz and eagerly looking forward to participating in their own graduation ceremony where they will be applauded for […]

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Success: Lisa Gomez Wins Writers Guild Pitch Competition

2015 Writers’ Program Scholarship recipient Lisa Gomez, who is pursuing a Certificate in Feature Film Writing, has won the 2016 Writers Guild Foundation Festival Pitch Competition. Lisa was one of 10 finalists (out of 200 entries) to pitch her script for three minutes in front of 300 aspiring screenwriters and several industry judges. Lisa won […]

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So Many Good Books and Movies in Summer 2016!

Bring on summer!  More importantly, bring on the summer movies and books!  As you would expect from a writing program, we love to absorb as many books and movies as possible.  Just like we pow-wowed as staff back in January about what we read and saw over the December holiday break, we also recently pow-wowed […]

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Success: Adi Blotman Wins 2015 Final Draft Big Break Contest

Adi Blotman won first place in the comedy category in the 2015 Final Draft Big Break Contest for her script Reality Check, the same script that landed her in second place in the 2014 UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition. Adi credits the Feature Film Writing Certificate Program for her success, which she says “helped me […]

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Two Great Ways to Fast-forward Your Writing Career This Summer

As part of the Writers’ Program 50th anniversary celebration, on Saturday, August 13th we’re offering a FREE 3-hour seminar – How to Become a Professional Film and TV Writer – for students interested in writing for feature film and television. Led by current producer/manager Victoria Wisdom, the course aims to demystify how the contemporary entertainment industry […]

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Success: Nadine Nettmann Lands Three-Book Deal for Sommelier Mystery Series

Student Nadine Nettmann has received a three-book deal from Midnight Ink for her sommelier mystery series. Decanting a Murder, the first in the series, was recently published to positive reviews, with RT Book Reviews calling it “a fast, sophisticated ride with just enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the final confrontation.” Nadine […]

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Keeping Up with the Kirkwoods

The annual James Kirkwood Literary Prize, named for Writers’ Program student and Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line, There Must Be a Pony), was established by his friends to honor new generations of fiction writers for their literary achievements. For decades now, it has served as motivation, inspiration, and gratification […]

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