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Finalists In 3 Screenwriting Competition Categories Named

After several rounds of judging by Writers’ Program instructors, the top 3 finalists in each of the 3 categories of the 2014 UCLA Extension Screenwriting Competition have been decided! These 9 talented writers now move on to the next phase of the competition in which they’ll spend 2 months revising and polishing their scripts with […]

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Writers’ Program: The First Stop on your Way to an MFA

Are you considering an MFA in Creative Writing? Does the 5% acceptance rate at most MFA programs give you pause? Did you know that the Writers’ Program can increase the odds that you’ll be accepted to the MFA program of your choice? As the popularity of MFA programs grows, so too grows the competition, which […]

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What Are You Waiting For?

How do I say this…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! THE UCLA EXTENSION WRITERS’ PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS QUICKLY APPROACHING AND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT! Okay, I know the above may seem a little extreme—especially in all caps—but hear me out here. The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Scholarship deadline is June 30, 2014! And […]

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Success: Online Student Publishes Picture Book

Writers’ Program student Julie Dillemuth just published her first picture book about a young raccoon who gets lost one night.  Lucy in the City (Magination Press, May 2015) “promotes spatial thinking skills in kids, namely retracing one’s steps and using landmarks to navigate,” says Julie. Julie wrote the book in Terry Pierce’s fabulous Introduction to […]

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Making Time to Write is Up to You

“I don’t have time to write.” Let’s face it. That line is an excuse. I’m guilty of saying it, and I’m pretty darn sure that you are too. As a writer I’ve definitely struggled to find time to write. Juggling work, classes, volunteering, more classes, family, friends, church – and may I add, Los Angeles […]

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Success: Online Student Publishes Memoir

Roberta King recently published a memoir entitled He Plays a Harp (Principia Media, May 2014), “about the life of our son Noah and the emotional aftermath of his death.”  Roberta worked on the memoir in her Writers’ Program courses and said the experience was instrumental to the book’s creation.  Says Roberta, “Victoria Zackheim, Gordon Grice, […]

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Q+A with UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Billy Mernit

Last month, longtime Writers’ Program instructor Billy Mernit was honored at the UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Awards ceremony. A screenwriter, story analyst, and novelist, Billy was selected as one of this year’s recipients for his longtime (nearly two-decade) dedication to his students in both screenwriting and creative writing. With professional experience in so many realms […]

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