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Success: Creative Writing Skills Leads to Business Award

Creative Writing student Marcie Geffner won, as part of a team, the Best in Business Award from the Society of American Business Writers and Editors.  The award recognizes excellence in business and financial journalism.  Marcie shares this about her UCLA Extension Writers’ Program experience: “The award was for business journalism, not fiction, but I would […]

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Q&A With Instructor Jim Jennewein

Former ad copywriter and professional feature film writer Jim Jennewein shares some of his knowledge and experience with the Writers’ Program, while also discussing the importance of “the scene” and his upcoming summer course. Writers’ Program: I see in your list of credits that you’ve written original screenplays, sequels, and adaptations. Which do you most […]

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Notes to the Beloved by Michelle Bitting

Success: Poetry Instructor’s Latest Collection

Instructor Michelle Bitting’s latest book of poetry, Notes to the Beloved, was recently released.  Matthew Dickman reviewed the book in Tin House and described it as, “Full of the physical world, illuminated by a dynamic narrative sensibility, a vision of down-to-earth love, an active yearning to understand the world, and plenty of kick ass images, […]

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Get Your Geek On at the Festival of Books

If you haven’t been to the Los Angeles Times Book Festival you’re seriously missing out. This lively event features authors, screenwriters, poets, celebrities and musicians on stages and in theaters once again on the beautiful USC campus. The festival is entertaining for children, teens and adults alike. And did I mention that it’s free! Whether […]

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Success: Student Published by Macmillan

Writers’ Program student Nancy Pine’s book Educating Young Giants: What Kids Learn (And Don’t Learn) in China and America is being published by Macmillan. Drawing from her years of experience in schools in China and the United States and conversations with students, teachers, and parents, Educating Young Giants shows how the two countries need to […]

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Success: Student Publishes Book in Spanish

Wp’ student and “Success Story” veteran Mariana Dietl recently published a short story collection. Written in Spanish, Era, y otros cuentos (Ediciones del Dragón, Buenos Aires, 2011), is composed of 13 short stories that focus on the themes of desire, doubt, ambiguity, illusion, and disillusion. Mariana says, “Every Writers’ Program class gave me something: in some I […]

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Summertime…and the Writing is Easy!

Summertime. The beach. The sand. The surf. Dodgers games. Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. In the summer it’s time to take it easy in the sun, right? You bet.  Time to shirk your writing?  NO WAY!   You can grab your beach ball and have a summer BBQ, but you still need to write, write, write! […]

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