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Success: Scholarship Recipient Begins MFA Program this Fall

2013-2014 Writers’ Program Scholarship recipient Laura Picklesimer has been accepted to the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach, where she will begin her studies this fall. During her program, she will focus on fiction and, in particular, finishing her first novel Kill for Love. Laura says her Writers’ Program instructors […]

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The Writers’ Program will be at Story Expo: Sept. 5th – 7th!

For the second year in a row, the Writers’ Program will have a major presence at STORY EXPO: the world’s largest convention for writers. Whether you’re a budding novelist, a seasoned screenwriter, or an overall writing enthusiast who’d like to learn more about the art and craft, Story Expo is the place to be. Over […]

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Success: Writers’ Program Student Lands HUGE Viking Book Deal

Former student J. Ryan Stradal just sold his novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, to Viking, scheduled for hardcover release in summer of 2015. Foreign rights for the novel have already been sold to the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Holland. J. Ryan, who won second place in the 2008 Kirkwood Awards, says that his […]

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New Courses for Fall!

We here at the Writers’ Program like to keep things interesting and offer new courses as much as we can in addition to the tried and true offerings. Here’s what we have newly available to you this fall quarter, which begins September 29th! Screenwriting Courses: How to Write and Make Your Debut Feature Film, taught […]

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Success: Poetry Student Publishes and Pursues MFA

Writers’ Program student Tanya Muzumdar has published three poems, which she wrote in her Writers’ Program courses, in the literary journals Dunes Review, Storm Cellar, and Gigantic Sequins. Tanya studied poetry online with Anna Maria Hong and is now on her way to an MFA in poetry at Pacific University. Along with dozens of others, […]

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The Next Step In Your Professional Writing Career

Students come to the Writers’ Program from all over the world for a number of reasons: to learn basic creative writing skills, for a creative outlet, to explore the novel idea they’ve had simmering in the back of their mind for years. The majority of our students, however, come with an end-game: to have their […]

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Success: Kirkwood Winner Accepted to MFA Program at CSULB

Margaret Spilman, who won the 2013 James Kirkwood Literary Prize for her short story “Muscle Memory,”has been accepted to the MFA Creative Writing Program at California State University, Long Beach where she plans to write a book. “I owe a lot to the Writers’ Program since that was the first place I really came to […]

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