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Breaking Boundaries at the &Now Festival with Tantra Bensko

For the second year in a row, Writers’ Program instructor Tantra Bensko was chosen to participate in the traveling literary &Now Festival of New Writing which took place at the inspiring CalArts campus in Valencia last March. The goal of the event, whose subtitle was “Blast Radius: Writing and the Other Arts,” was to push […]

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Success: Student Pursues MFA and Publishes!

Former Writers’ Program student Katie O’Reilly is currently in the second year of her MFA program in nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (ranked third nationally among nonfiction graduate programs). Katie began her memoir, which is now her MFA thesis project, in Alison Singh Gee’s Intermediate Creative Nonfiction. “I would not be where […]

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Five Reasons to Apply for a Writers’ Program Scholarship Today!

Did you know? In an effort to acknowledge and foster the talent of promising writers from diverse backgrounds and cultures who might otherwise not have the opportunity, the Writers’ Program awards scholarships to up to 10 students annually. Read on for five great reasons we encourage qualified applicants to apply. 5. Find Your Niche As […]

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WP Advising Team Answers Your Burning Questions!

A while back, I announced to the world (via our website) that we here at the Writers’ Program do something somewhat atypical in this day and age…we answer our phones. If you have questions about Writers’ Program classes, events, mentorships, consultations, certificates, instructors, or (insert topic here!), all you have to do is call our […]

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Success: Certificate Graduate Accepted into Lesley University’s MFA Program (and gets published too!)

Margaret Chen, who completed her Certificate in Fiction Writing last year, will begin her full residency MFA program in fiction at Lesley University this fall.  If that wasn’t exciting enough, her story “The Zhangs and The Zumans,” which was nominated for the Kirkwood Prize in 2011, was published last month on The Carolina Quarterly’s Web-Exclusive Fiction […]

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Master Class Reading at Barnes & Noble – a Truly Inspiring Event!

As the streetlights flickered on in Santa Monica’s famous Third Street Promenade, seven talented writers led by their brilliant mentor, filed into the meeting room of the three-story Barnes and Noble to begin their one-of-a kind performance. Last March 13, 2015, seven UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Master Class students experienced their first public appearance as […]

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Success: Online Student Creates and Produces Web Series

Kameishia Wooten, who took Bill Taub’s Creating a Web Series (Online), launched her comedy series Man of the House last October. The pilot episode of the series, about “a young boy’s never-ending schemes to disrupt his mother’s love life” is available for viewing at http://youtu.be/thIiI32UVJo. Episodes 2 and 3 will be released in late April. […]

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