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Two Great Ways to Fast-forward Your Writing Career This Summer

As part of the Writers’ Program 50th anniversary celebration, on Saturday, August 13th we’re offering a FREE 3-hour seminar – How to Become a Professional Film and TV Writer – for students interested in writing for feature film and television. Led by current producer/manager Victoria Wisdom, the course aims to demystify how the contemporary entertainment industry […]

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Success: Nadine Nettmann Lands Three-Book Deal for Sommelier Mystery Series

Student Nadine Nettmann has received a three-book deal from Midnight Ink for her sommelier mystery series. Decanting a Murder, the first in the series, was recently published to positive reviews, with RT Book Reviews calling it “a fast, sophisticated ride with just enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the final confrontation.” Nadine […]

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Keeping Up with the Kirkwoods

The annual James Kirkwood Literary Prize, named for Writers’ Program student and Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood (A Chorus Line, There Must Be a Pony), was established by his friends to honor new generations of fiction writers for their literary achievements. For decades now, it has served as motivation, inspiration, and gratification […]

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Success: Tracy Tynan Publishes Wear & Tear: The Threads of My Life

Writers’ Program student Tracy Tynan has published her memoir Wear & Tear: The Threads of My Life, about her lavish, bohemian upbringing in the 1950s and 60s as the daughter of renowned theater critic Kenneth Tynan and author Elaine Dundy. Scribner is publishing Wear & Tear, which will be out July 12th. Tracy says it […]

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Join us at the 23rd Annual Writers’ Program Publication Party

Fun. Fabulous. FREE. Yes, I’m talking about the 23rd Annual Writers’ Program Publication Party. If you want to spend an evening mingling with some of Los Angeles’ most talented writers, then join us on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 from 7-9pm at the Skirball Cultural Center. Nineteen Writers’ Program instructors will be reading from work they’ve published […]

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Success: Ellen Byron Adds Mystery Novelist to Her Resume

TV writer and former Writers’ Program student/instructor Ellen Byron can now add Lefty and Agatha Award-nominated mystery novelist to her resume. The first novel from her Cajun Country Mystery series, Plantation Shudders (Crooked Lane Books, 2015) was nominated for the 2016 Agatha Award for Best First Mystery and 2016 Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. […]

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The Newest Addition to the WP family: Ani Cooney

After serving as the Creative Writing (Online) and Events assistant for the past two years, I, Phoebe Lim, recently made the switch-a-roo to the other side of our unit, where I now serve as the program assistant for creative writing onsite courses.  I am happy to announce that my previous seat has now been filled […]

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Success: Glen Erik Hamilton Publishes Past Crimes

Mystery writer and WP student Glen Erik Hamilton has published his first novel Past Crimes (William Morrow, 2015), a Seattle-based mystery thriller about Van Shaw, a man raised to be a thief by his career criminal grandfather. The novel was published to positive reviews, and Kirkus calls it “a well-written modern rendition of the old-fashioned gritty noir.” […]

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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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