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Ted Chiles

Success: Student Nominated for Pushcart for Flash Fiction

Online student Ted Chiles was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the staff of Vestal Review for his flash fiction piece “A Recursive Love Affair.” Published in the winter 2010 issue, the piece is a modern take on Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Tis’ better to have loved and lost/ Than never to have loved at all.” […]

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From Plumbing Salesman to Published Author!

First, his ode to plumbing salesmen, “Costello,” was published in The New Yorker (complete with an interview with New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman ).  Before the awesome reality had a chance to set in, his short story collection, Middle Men, was picked up by Simon & Schuster.   Jim Gavin, a former plumbing salesman and […]

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Strange Cargo

Success: Emerging Voices Anthology is a Group Effort

The index for PEN Center USA’s Strange Cargo: An Emerging Voices Anthology 1997-2010 reads like a Writers’ Program yearbook.  Creative writing instructor and former student Eduardo Santiago is included in the anthology along with twenty two other Writers’ Program students, and the foreword to the book, which includes stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces, was written […]

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Television Writers, Make This Your Breakout Year!

It’s no secret that the economic recession has hit Hollywood hard, forever changing the way it does business. There is however, an upside for television writers.  According to sitcom pilot writing instructor Christopher Parrish, “The networks and studios willingness to take a chance on pilots from rookie television writers has never been greater.” Capitalizing on […]

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Mat Nguyen

Success: Mat Nguyen wins “Battle of the Pitches”

A top 10 semi-finalist from our 2010 UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition for Allegiance, Mat Nguyen recently took the script to the “Battle of the Pitches,” a contest sponsored by FOX Diversity and hosted by The ID Film Festival, a new Asian Pacific American Film Festival.  Each contestant pitched their screenplay in a timed, 2-minute presentation […]

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Snoopy and Woodstock at work

The Joys of Revising: Moving from the First Draft Novel to the Second and Beyond

A bestselling author once said, “There aren’t good books and bad books. There are finished books and books that still need more work.” Any novelist who’s been through the transition from first draft to second knows that the revision process requires a supplementary set of craft tools. To borrow a decorating metaphor, some scenes may […]

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Lisa Manterfield

Success: Lisa Manterfield Publishes Memoir!

I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood by Writers’ Program alum Lisa Manterfield, was recently published by Steel Rose Press and is available on  Lisa’s memoir chronicles her decision to remain childless and her struggle to maintain her identity in a mom-centric society.  Lisa has […]

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Writers' Program instructor Corey Mandell

The Writers Studio is Nigh!

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein,” said sportswriter Red Smith. As we all know, writing can be a very intense process that requires nothing less than your blood, sweat and tears. To make matters more difficult, some of us don’t have the time and […]

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Success: Former WP Student Adapts News Article into Novel

Tomas Mournian, who has taken screenwriting courses as well as Writing the Young Adult Novel, will have his first book, hidden, published by Kensington Books on January 25th. A launch party will take place on Feb. 5th. A freelance journalist, Tomas has published in Los Angeles Magazine, OUT, and In Style.  hidden, which follows a […]

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WP instructor Chris Webb

A Better Script, Guaranteed!

“He’s a God among screenwriting teachers!”  So says a former student of Chris Webb, a Writers’ Program screenwriting instructor whose credits include Toy Story 2, Duckman, and Bruno the Kid: The Animated Movie, as well as a stint at The Second City in Chicago. Chris has been teaching for the Writers’ Program since 2006, and […]

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Linda Palmer

Success: Novel Writing Instructor Publishes Again

Instructor Linda Palmer’s 8th mystery novel for Berkley Prime Crime (Pie a la Murder, written under her pen name, “Melinda Wells”) will be published on July 5 of next year, and her 9th book, Seven Layer Death, is scheduled for publication in early 2012.  Linda is the winner of the UCLA Extension Department of the […]

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