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The New Year Has Come and Gone!

Summer quarter is almost here and believe it or not, we’re almost halfway through the year now.  It’s the perfect time for me to check in with all of you… have you set your writing routine yet?   (You know, the one you keep putting off?)  Did some of the great instructor tips that we offered […]

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actor Jeremy Piven

Success: Novel Adaptation Debuts at Tribecca Film Festival

Fiction writing instructor Leslie Schwartz has exciting news—her novel, Angels Crest, was made into a movie starting Jeremy Piven, Kate Walsh, Elizabeth McGovern, and Mira Sorvino, and it recently debuted at the Tribecca Film Festival.  The movie centers on the working-class Rocky Mountain town of Angels Crest, where young father Ethan is doing his best […]

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The Festival of Books is Back!

It’s that time again, Angelenos!  Spring is in full bloom, the weather is warm, and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is this weekend.  Traditionally held at UCLA, the annual free festival comes to USC this year, providing a central location in the downtown arts and education corridor.  Parking is $10, both on campus […]

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Janet Osborn

Success: Kirkwood-winning Student Wins Inkwell Prize

Former Writers’ Program student and 2008 James Kirkwood Literary Prize winner Janet Osborn is enjoying continuing success with her Kirkwood-winning entry, “Easter, 1954,” and new success with her short story “Jesus Permit.” “Jesus Permit” was awarded first place in Inkwell magazine’s Thirteenth Annual Fiction Contest, and will be printed in the upcoming spring edition.  It […]

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Cyberhouse Is Back!

Curious about online learning?  Not sure which instructor is right for you?  Want to pay the lowest fees possible?   Then join our free Cyberhouse:  An Online Open House, offered May 3-6. Here are 8 great reasons to participate: 1)      Connect with more than 30 Writers’ Program online instructors.  Pose your writing-related questions to your choice […]

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Madeline Sharples

Success: Student Memoir Launches on Mother’s Day

Creative writing student Madeline Sharples’ memoir, Leaving the Hall Light On, A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide, will be released by Lucky Press LLC, this Mother’s Day.  The memoir, interspersed with poems, is about dealing with loss and finding peace and balance during her son Paul’s 7-year […]

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WP instructor Rachel Kann

You’re Invited!

If you’re a fan of reading and writing (and really, who isn’t?), you’ll want to join us on Thursday, May 12 for our fun, festive, and free 18th Annual Publication Party.  You’ll be delighted and entertained as 19 Writers’ Program instructors read from their recently published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.  Mix and mingle with the […]

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Don Webb

Success: Online Instructor Don Webb publishes 15th Book

The stranger the crime, the stranger the punishment in online creative writing instructor Don Webb’s 15th published book, Do the Weird Crime, Serve the Weird Time: Tales of the Bizarre, which blends crime writing, horror fiction and surrealism.  The collection includes stories about a man who terrifies women for fun (and the entire population of […]

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Lynn Hightower

Four Days in LA

Last month, our 2010-11 Master Class in Novel Writing (Online/Low-residency) students traveled to sunny southern California just in time for a beautiful long weekend.  Hailing from as far and wide as North Carolina, Colorado, and New York, our Master Classers were met and led by award-winning mystery novelist and teacher extraordinaire Lynn Hightower (who travelled […]

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Ron Darian

Success: The Publications Keep Coming for Longtime Student

Student Ron Darian, who earned his Certificate in Creative Writing, had a string of recent publications including work in Fiction International, Dos Passos Review, Argestes, The MacGuffin, Paddlefish, and Lullwater Review.  His forthcoming stories include “On the List of Historic Places” in Inkwell and”Village Zaghoor” in Verdad. Ron has taken a variety of fiction, short […]

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WP instructor Ellis Weiner

Ellis Weiner Doesn’t Care What you Have to Say

New Writers’ Program instructor Ellis Weiner will be teaching Find Your Comic Voice(s)! this spring and he doesn’t care what you have to say, but rather, how you choose to say it.  Here, Ellis, author and a former editor of the National Lampoon, sheds some light on the genre of humor writing for us. Writers’ […]

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