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The Least Foolish Thing To Do on April 1st: Enter the 2016 Feature Film & Television Writing Competitions!

You’re no doubt familiar with the big screenwriting contests that have been known to launch careers: the Nicholl Fellowship, PAGE International, Austin Film Fest, Scriptapalooza, BlueCat, Sundance Lab, the Tracking Board, etc. Then, there’s the television network fellowships: CBS, Disney/ABC, FOX, NBC, the WB, Nickelodeon, and HBO, just to name a few. Thousands upon thousands […]

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Success: Ana Maria Montoya Selected for 2016 Latino Screenwriting Project Lab

Ana Maria Montoya has been selected as one of four 2016 Latino Screenwriting Project Lab Fellows, and is headed to San Antonio to take part in the Sundance-sponsored 3-day workshop. Ana Maria, who won 2nd place in the 2011 UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition and who was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2012 Feature Film Competition, […]

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An Interview with UCLA Extension 2015 Outstanding Arts Instructor in Creative Writing April Halprin Wayland

Children’s book author and poet April Halprin Wayland has been teaching at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for more than 16 years. This spring, she’ll continue her amazing work in her course Writing Picture Books for Children. April’s teaching excellence and her remarkable contribution to the Writers’ Program has not gone unnoticed, and recently she […]

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Success: Certificate Grad’s Script Honored at Women’s Independent Film Festival

Ruthie Marlenée, a graduate of the Certificate Program in Fiction Writing, has received Honorable Mention in the Script Competition at the Women’s Independent Film Festival for her screenplay Agave Blues. Set in a rich, red agave field of magic, this is the story of Maya Miller, an ailing, stressed out Los Angeles attorney, suppressed artist, […]

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A Handy Guide to Applying for Writers’ Program Scholarships and Prizes

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program is proud to be the largest open-enrollment creative writing and screenwriting program in the nation, helping thousands of students each year make their writing dreams a reality. But what truly sets our program apart, in addition to the depth and breadth of our programs and course offerings, are the scholarships […]

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Success: Scholarship Recipient Lands on Prestigious Blacklist

Writers’ Program Scholarship recipient and TV Pilot Competition semi-finalist Emma Needell has made it onto the 2015 Blacklist with her script The Water Man. Emma wrote the script, “about a precocious young boy who, in order to save his ill mother, runs away from home to find the Water Man, who legend says knows the […]

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2015 Outstanding Arts Instructors of the Year: April Halprin Wayland and Michael Weiss!

Last Tuesday, the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts gathered in DeNeve Plaza to honor 9 instructors in the areas of interior design, landscape architecture, studio arts, design communication arts, directing, music, creative writing and screenwriting. As instructors came up one-by-one to accept their award, each expressed their gratitude toward not only their administrators, but […]

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Success: Lindsey Beer Pens Live-Action Barbie Movie

Sony Pictures has hired former Writers’ Program student Lindsey Beer to pen the upcoming live-action Barbie movie. We’re thrilled for Lindsey, who is sworn to secrecy about the script, but had this to share about her WP experience: “The courses I took at the Writers’ Program were so helpful in teaching me screenplay structure and […]

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An Interview with New Instructor Lindsay Maracotta

Here at the WP, we’re always excited to welcome new instructors to the fold. This summer, we’re pleased to announce that novelist and screenwriter, Lindsay Maracotta, will be joining our roster of esteemed instructors. Lindsay will be teaching Writing the Popular Novel this summer. She has published 11 books, including the novels The Producer’s Daughter (Crooked […]

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Success: Instructor Andrew Knauer Lands on Blacklist with Senior Year

Writers’ Program instructor Andrew Knauer takes us back to high school with his script Senior Year, which made it onto the 2015 Blacklist: It’s 1997 and the most popular cheerleader in high school has dreams of becoming prom queen, that is until she falls off the top of the pyramid and lands on her head, […]

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Playwriting vs. Television/Film: Is There Really a Difference?

What do Beau Willimon (House of Cards), Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs, The Social Network), and Sheila Callaghan (Shameless) have in common? They are among countless television and film writers who got their start in the theatre and who continue to work in both mediums. While newer writers tend to dismiss playwriting as an old art […]

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