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Summer Courses Await You!

What are your summer plans?  Multiple days at the beach?  A grand 4th of July celebration?  A weekend trip to wine country (I’m convinced there’s a “wine country” no matter where you live in the world)?  It’s time to get the summer calendar packed with fun!   But whatever you’ve got planned out for the next […]

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Success: R.K. Jackson Publishes The Girl in the Maze

Student R.K. Jackson has a pretty impressive resume: award-winning science writer and editor at NASA, co-producer of exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum, and former senior editor at CNN. Now he can add bestselling novelist to the list. His thriller, The Girl in the Maze, was published in September 2015 (Alibi/Random House) and […]

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Master Classes in Novel Writing, Feature Film Writing, and Television Writing: Is One of Them Right for You?

Creative writers, do you have a completed manuscript that needs revising?  Screenwriters, do have at least one completed feature film script or television pilot script?  Are you serious about getting published or produced? Then you’ll want to consider one of the Writers’ Program’s three master classes this fall. Designed for writers who are committed to […]

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Success: Marc Morgenstern Pursues MFA at Warren Wilson College

Student Marc Morgenstern, who studied with Lou Mathews, Marisa Matarazzo, and Stephen Cooper, has been accepted into the Warren Wilson College low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. Like dozens of Writers’ Program students before him, Marc prepared for the MFA application process in Lou’s advanced short story workshops. “Lou’s passionate teaching, tireless critiquing of my […]

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An Interview with UCLA Extension 2015 Outstanding Arts Instructor in Screenwriting Michael Weiss

WP Instructor Michael Weiss’ unrelenting perseverance translates not only to his success as a screenwriter and former Miramax VP of Production, but also through the unwavering patience he has for his students. It doesn’t take long for them to be won over by his charming demeanor, attentive ear, and extensive mastery of screenplays. Due to […]

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Success: Jocelyn Jansons Wins George R.R. Martin Grant!

Feature Film Certificate graduate Jocelyn Jansons has won the George R.R. Martin Science Fiction/Fantasy Screenwriter Grant for her coming-of-age story Wolf. Administered by the New Mexico Film Foundation, the grant is funded by author, screenwriter, and executive producer of Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin and will allow Jocelyn to continue working on her screenplay. Jocelyn says […]

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AWP16: The Place to be for Writers

Question:  What do you get when you put 12,000 writers, students, authors, editors, and publishers under one roof for three days?  Answer:  Opportunities galore to make connections with the most influential people in the literary world today. AWP16, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this year from March 31-April 2, is the largest literary […]

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Success: Wendy All Selected for Emerging Voices Group Show

Fiction Certificate student Wendy All recently participated in the 13th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Wendy was selected by The New Short Fiction Series to read her short story “The Deluxe Package.” “After a debilitating illness, a doctor suggested writing as therapy, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program […]

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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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