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Success: Suzanne Lummis Wins George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry

Congratulations are in order for longtime Writers’ Program instructor and LA poetry icon Suzanne Lummis, who has been awarded Beyond Baroque’s George Drury Smith Award which “honors influential and accomplished poets who are strongly associated with Los Angeles whose reputations extend well beyond this region and have brought new attention to the poetry of Los […]

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West Words — How the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program changed my life (and maybe yours, too)

*Reprinted by permission of UCLA Magazine Written by Samantha Dunn, Photos by Mathieu Young Published Apr 1, 2015 8:00 PM The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program would be famous enough if it were just the largest and most comprehensive continuing education creative writing and screenwriting program in the world. But it’s also an incubator for talent, a creative […]

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Success: Former Student Goes on to NYU MFA (+ a Call for Submissions!)

Writers’ Program student Sarah LaBrie has a lot to be proud of. After she studied with Lou Mathews and Paul Mandelbaum, she went on to get her MFA in fiction at NYU. Her work has appeared in Epoch, the California Prose Directory 2013, Encyclopedia Journal and Joyland. And now she’s editing the California Prose Directory 2015, an annual anthology […]

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Meet Writers’ Program Fantasy Instructor Paul Witcover

Paul Witcover may be a new instructor for the Writers’ Program, but he’s far from being a newcomer in the science fiction and fantasy realm of published writers and teachers. As the author of six novels – The Watchman of Eternity comes out in the UK in May 2015! – Paul is living proof that […]

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Success: Susan Lindheim Publishes Novel Excerpt in The Nervous Breakdown

2007 Kirkwood Award winner Susan Lindheim has published an excerpt from her novel Baby Driver in The Nervous Breakdown. As Susan describes it, “although a work of fiction, Baby Driver is based on my grandmother’s true-life experiences as a teenager during the 1930s when she, a ‘nice girl’ and only child, was forced by her […]

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Want to get your script noticed? Enter the 2015 UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition!

It’s no secret that the fields of film and television writing are highly competitive. Every year, thousands of screenplays and pilots are written by aspiring writers all over the world, but sadly, the great majority of them go unread and unproduced. How can you ensure that your script will get the exposure it deserves? By […]

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Success: Caitlin Kazepis Writes and Produces The Pipeline

Screenwriting student Caitlin Kazepis, who studied with Margaret Oberman, Chris Webb, and Phil Kellard, has funded her short film The Pipeline on Kickstarter. Now in pre-production, her film “explores the relationships that evolved during the building of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline in the 1970’s and how those relationships shaped these people and their families.” Caitlin […]

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