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Q+A with BinderCon Presenter and WP Instructor Deborah Dean Davis

Calling all female and gender non-conforming writers! Are you frustrated with the lack of diversity in the media and literary arts? Looking for a community of like-minded writers with a strong dose of female empowerment? Look no further than BinderCon 2015, the second professional development conference by Out of the Binders, an organization which aims […]

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Success: Lauri Taylor Publishes Debut Memoir

Writers’ Program student Lauri Taylor has published her first memoir, The Accidental Truth: What My Mother’s Murder Investigation Taught Me About Life (SelectBooks), due out in May. Lauri began her writing journey with longtime Writers’ Program teaching duo Judith Prager and Harry Youtt, and turned her story into memoir in Jennie Nash’s class. “I came […]

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Former Screenplay Contest Winner Elissa Matsueda on Going From Student to Produced Screenwriter!

As you may know, the Writers’ Program recently announced the success of former screenwriting student Elissa Matsueda having her first film, Spare Parts, released in theaters this past January. Based on a true story, the film is about four underprivileged Hispanic high school students who formed a robotics club and competed against the country’s reigning […]

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Success: Online Student Garners Accolades for E-book

Kelly K. Lavender, who studied online with Gordon Grice, has amassed quite a list of accolades and achievements since publishing her debut book Beautiful Evil Winter. These include an Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention (Commercial Fiction category); a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Honorable Mention (Suspense category); placing as a finalist in the New Fiction […]

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Master Class Students Gear Up to Read at Barnes & Noble!

Support your fellow aspiring writers as they read from their Works-in-Progress! On Friday, March 13, 2015, eight talented students from the Writers’ Program Master Class will be reading from their works-in-progress at Barnes & Noble Santa Monica. Located in the Third Street Promenade, one of L.A.’s most popular gathering places, the reading will also showcase […]

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Success: J. Ryan Stradal Wins William Faulkner Competition + Publishes Anthology

J. Ryan Stradal, who we’ve featured before here and here, has had a pretty spectacular 2014. In addition to selling his debut novel, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, to Viking (due out in July, 2015), he has won the highly competitive 2014 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competitionfor Kitchens as well. And if […]

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Announcing the 2015 Writers Program Scholarship

Are you passionate about writing but lack the financial resources to take courses? Do you yearn for the guidance of a professional writer and the camaraderie of fellow students? If so, then the Writers’ Program Scholarship Program may be for you. Designed for promising writers from diverse backgrounds who lack the opportunity to study in […]

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