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Success: Chris LeGras Publishes First Novel

Former student Christopher D. LeGras, who we’ve featured before here, has published his first novel, Weather to Fly. Forthcoming in January from Rare Bird Books, Weather is the story of a group of aviators connected by the airplanes they fly. “The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program not only helped me refine my skills and habits,” says Chris, “but also […]

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Is a Writing Partner Right for You?

Writing a script is no easy feat, and getting it produced and made in Hollywood is a whole other animal. And once you sell your script, you have intensive collaboration with network executives and producers to look forward to. Perhaps a writing partner is the solution for you! Screenwriters David Diamond and David Weissman know […]

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Success: Angela Featherstone Publishes in DAME Magazine

Writers’ Program student Angela Featherstone, who we’ve featured before here and here, recently published her essay “I Didn’t Realize I Was Being Sex-Trafficked” in DAME magazine. Then, in early August, and picked up the story, thus exposing it to an audience of 7 million readers! Angela has worked closely with instructor Shawna Kenney, […]

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Announcing the Writers’ Program 2015-16 Scholarship Recipients!

Each year, the Writers’ Program awards up to 10 needs-based scholarships to aspiring creative writers and screenwriters. The process begins in spring, when we make the application available on our website and submissions start rolling in. By late June, we begin the fun but difficult task of narrowing down the applications. In addition to basic […]

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Success: Enduring Success for Mariya Taher

Frequent Writers’ Program Success Story Mariya Taher has had a great year. In April, The Blue Minaret republished her story “American Daughters,” which she wrote in David Borofka’s The Art of the Short Story:  Advanced Workshop (Online). The story was also a finalist for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award at Sequestrum Literary Magazine. Then, on May […]

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Deadline for Novel Writing Scholarship is Approaching!

If you’ve taken at least one novel writing course at the Writers’ Program in the last 18 months, have at least 10 pages of a novel in progress, and are serious about becoming a writer, then you may qualify for the inaugural Claire Carmichael Scholarship in Novel Writing. But you’ll have to hurry. The deadline […]

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Success: Moisés Zamora Gets Repped!

Screenwriting student Moisés Zamora recently landed representation after career coach Lee Jessup, who was a guest speaker in Greg Elliot’s Rewriting Your 1-Hour Spec or Pilot Script workshop, passed his script onto Jewerl Ross at Silent R Management. The day after reading his script, Jewerl signed Moisés, who credits the Writers’ Program with teaching him […]

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