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Winning Inspiration: Finalists of the 2015 Feature & Television Writing Competitions Tell All

Last week, the Writers’ Program formally congratulated the top three winners in each of three categories in the UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition: Feature Film Writing, Television Spec Writing, and Television Pilot Writing. Having read all nine scripts, I came away in awe of this year’s subject matter – a hitchhiking musician, a family drama in […]

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Success: TV Certificate Grad Pens The Inspectors Episode

Television Writing Certificate alum Tracey McClain got the opportunity of a lifetime when she was hired as a writing assistant on the new CBS series The Inspectors, a procedural based on real life crimes solved by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Tracey landed the job after asking her instructor Phil Kellard, a creative consultant […]

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Meet Tomorrow’s Top Talent! Winners of the 2015 Feature & Television Writing Competitions

This week, the Writers’ Program formally congratulates the top 3 winners of each category of the UCLA Extension competition for Feature Film Writing, Television Spec Writing, and Television Pilot Writing. An ad featuring all nine writers was just published in the December 11th issue of The Hollywood Reporter (on shelves now!). In early January, the […]

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Success: Thomas Reyes Lands Spot in Coveted Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop

Television Writing Certificate alum Thomas Reyes has been accepted into the prestigious Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, which admits 10 participants out of nearly 2000 applicants each year. The ultimate goal of the program is to place participants as staff writers on WB shows. Thomas says his WP instructors taught him real-world skills in both […]

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Announcing the Winners of the 2015 James Kirkwood Prize

Few things make us happier at the Writers’ Program than celebrating the hard work and talent of our students. The James Kirkwood Prize, established by benefactor Andrew Morse, a friend of the late Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author, acknowledges and supports emerging and talented fiction writers. Former Kirkwood finalists have gone on to top […]

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Success: Lilliam Rivera Wins Pushcart Prize

Former student Lilliam Rivera has won a 2016 Pushcart Prize for her short story “Death Defiant Bomba, or What to Wear When Your Boo Gets Cancer.” Lilliam workshopped the story in Writing the Short Story: Intermediate Workshop, and was nominated for the 2013 James Kirkwood Prize by her instructor Mary Jones. The story also received […]

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Joe Blaustein: Lifelong Learning with an Extension Legend

When longtime instructor Amy Friedman walked into her Writing the Personal Essay classroom at the 2015 Writers Studio, she knew the next four days would be special. “Whenever I teach at UCLA Extension,” she says, “the students astound me with their intelligence and ability.” This year, there was one especially astounding student. “Every once in […]

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Success: From Novice to Novelist

Writers’ Program student Delancey Stewart always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until she turned 40 that she decided to make it happen. “Writers have always been my heroes,” she says. “I think I idolized them to the point where I didn’t think being a novelist was an achievable goal.” But achieve it […]

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An Interview with New Instructor Liz Stephens

The new year brings with it a brand new instructor to the Writers’ Program. Liz Stephens is the author of the memoir The Days Are Gods (University of Nebraska Press). She was a managing editor and contributor to Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, and has been nominated for both the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award […]

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Success: Mentorship Alum Anna Lefler Publishes Preschooled

Student Anna Lefler has just published her debut novel Preschooled (Full Fathom Five, October 2015). Anna describes it as “a comic novel about an unsuspecting mom, a scruffy dad, and a perennially cranky headmistress who must each tackle an unexpected personal crisis while struggling to play nice in a snooty, dysfunctional Santa Monica preschool.”   […]

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Meet Our Six Claire Carmichael Scholarship Recipients!

We are thrilled to announce the six recipients of the inaugural Claire Carmichael Scholarship in Novel Writing! Claire, a UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor who has taught more than 90 courses and mentorships for the Writers’ Program since 1994, and who has helped numerous students get their work published, created the scholarship to acknowledge promising novelists […]

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