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Writers Studio 2016: A Creative Retreat in the Heart of Westwood

Every February, writers from around the globe convene in Westwood for the Writers Studio — four days of exploration, learning, and intense productivity. Students range in age, geographic location, and areas of interest, but the one thing they all have in common is an intense desire to improve their craft and a willingness to put […]

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Success: Nicholas Anthony Pens The Inspectors for CBS

Nicholas Anthony, who we’ve written about before, has landed his first television writing job on the new fall CBS show The Inspectors, which focuses on a family working for the Postal Inspection Service, one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the US. Nicholas honed his craft in Writers’ Program screenwriting courses before winning […]

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Find Your Voice with New Instructor Ryan McIlvain!

The Writers’ Program is thrilled to welcome Ryan McIlvain to our corps of onsite creative writing instructors! Ryan is the author of Elders: A Novel and numerous stories and essays. I recently chatted with Ryan about his life as a writer and instructor—here’s what he had to say! Writers’ Program: Hi Ryan!  Welcome to the […]

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Success: Master Class Alum Now Grace & Frankie Staff Writer

After working as a writers’ assistant for a few years, Master Class in Half-Hour Comedy Pilot Writing alum David Budin landed a staff writer position on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie. David says he recommends the Writers’ Program classes to all aspiring professional television writers. “You don’t need to go to film school to be a […]

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What Course are you Taking this Fall?

Yes, we’re fully aware that it’s still summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about fall. In fact, fall registration opens next week on July 27, and to whet your appetite, here are just some of the exciting writing courses we’ll be offering. Screenwriting Courses: For the most part, writing is […]

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Success: From the WP to NCIS New Orleans: Greta Gets Staffed!

We’ve written about Greta Heinemann before, first when she won 1stplace in the 2013 UCLA Extension Television Writing Competition TV Specs category for her Sons of Anarchy script and 2nd place in the TV Pilots category for her original Valleywood, then when she was selected for the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. Now, we are more thrilled than ever to announce that Greta […]

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Winner of the Inaugural Allegra Johnson Prize in Memoir Writing Announced

Drug addiction, murder, and sexual abuse. Such were the subjects of the captivating memoirs-in-progress of the three talented Writers’ Program students who vied for first place in the 2015 Allegra Johnson Prize in Memoir Writing. On June 18, first place winner Henriette Ivanans, and finalists Elle Johnson and Raluca Sanders, were honored at a celebratory […]

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