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Sean O’Reilly

Writing Comics with Sean O’Reilly

The Green Lantern. X-Men. The Incredible Hulk. Captain America.  Movies based on comic book characters are all the rage these days.  Whereas in the past it was not exactly “cool” to read comics (in fact, “Comic Book Guy” on The Simpsons made it hard to love your local comic book reader), these days comics are […]

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Katherine Easer

Success: Former Student Publishes Novel with Bloomsbury

Vicious Little Darlings, a YA novel by Katherine Easer, was recently released by Bloomsbury.  It revolves around Sarah Weaver, a jaded seventeen-year-old from a broken home, who leaves California to attend an all-women’s college in Massachusetts.  Sarah befriends a mysterious pair of legacy students and learns a shocking secret that could lead to murder. Katherine […]

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Phil Kellard, Lisa Cron, and Billy Mernit

Attention Advanced Students!

The Writers’ Program is still accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Master Classes in Novel Writing, Feature Film Writing, and Half-Hour Comedy Pilot Writing.  Designed for advanced students on the verge of producing professional quality work, the classes bring 8 students and a top-notch instructor together for 6 or 9 months.  Throughout the course, your instructor […]

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A camera-shy Josh Denslow

Success: Former Kirkwood Nominee Publishes

Student Josh Denslow’s short story, “Proximity,” which was a semi-finalist for the 2009 Writers’ Program Kirkwood Literary Prize, will be published in A cappella Zoo.  The story follows Neil Brigman, an unambitious man who doesn’t have a job, lives over the garage at his mom’s house, and hates his mom’s new boyfriend.  His special strength?  […]

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Just another day at the WP water cooler...

Staff Picks for Fall!

If you’ve read our blog or website, you know that Writers’ Program staff members are active writers and students; and just like you, we go back and forth on which workshops to take or instructors to study with.  We all feel pretty lucky to have first-hand experience with an amazing roster of courses and instructors, […]

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Love at Absolute Zero

Success: Christopher Meeks Publishes New Novel

Creative Writing instructor Christopher Meeks’ novel was recently published.  Love At Absolute Zero is the story of Gunnar Gunderson, a 32-year-old physicist at the University of Wisconsin who is given tenure. When thoughts of finding a wife pervade, Gunnar’s research falters.  He gives himself three days to meet his soul mate using a scientific method—to […]

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Q &A with Naomi Benaron: Following Her Passion Paid Off!

In January, online instructor Naomi Benaron’s first novel, Running the Rift, hits bookstores.  The book, about a young Tutsi athlete during the Rwandan genocide, has been generating a buzz since Naomi won the 2010 Bellwether Prize.  Most recently, she landed on the Publishers Weekly “Fiction First Timers” list for debut novelists, and Michael Schaub, a […]

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Cecile Callan

Success: Student Wins Fish Publishing Honorable Mention

Writers’ Program student Cecile Callan won an Honorable Mention in the Fish Publishing Poetry Competition for her poem, “Mama Kettle.” The poem will be included in the 2011 Fish Anthology, and Cecile will travel to Ireland this summer for the book launch in Bantry.  Cecile wrote “Mama Kettle” in WP instructor Laurel Ann Bogen’s Intermediate […]

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Student Profile: Erica Angle

Success as a writer can be measured in many ways, from a publication credit to simply achieving whatever goals you had when you took your very first Writers’ Program workshop.  For former student Eric Angle, her most recent success comes in the form of something that many aspiring writers dream of… a completed novel! Erica […]

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Anna Alves

Success: Great News All Around for CW Student!

Longtime student, Anna Alves, has two great pieces of news to share:  acceptance into an MFA program and a recent publication!  Anna, a former PEN Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellow, will be studying creative writing at Rutgers University, and her story, “The Loves of Marcado Mercado,” will be published in the fall issue of Kartika Review. […]

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R. Dorian, A. Montoya, and G. Sullivan

Spirits, Orphans, and the Hearing-Impaired Take the Top Three Honors

Two weeks ago, we named the three finalists of the UCLA Extension Television Competition.  This week, we bring you the names of the top three finalists of this year’s Screenplay Competition. They are (in alphabetical order), Robert Dorian, Ana Maria Montoya, and Greg Sullivan. Having made it through several grueling rounds of judging, the writers […]

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