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2nd & 3rd place winners Tricia Smith & Duke Cullen


Last week, the Writers’ Program interviewed 1st Place Television Competition Winner Erika Mcpherson.  Here, our 2nd place winner Tricia Smith, (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Gets Kidnapped”), and our 3rd place winner Duke Cullen, (“Dexter: The Dark is Rising”), discuss their experience in the Writers’ Program, their thoughts about the competition, and their […]

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Sonja Adema

Success: Certificate Student Places in Scriptapalooza

Screenwriting student Sonja Adema’s 30 Rock spec, “,” placed as a Semifinalist in the 2011 Scriptapalooza TV Writing Competition! The script was developed in Lisa Rosenthal’s online course, Writing the Half-Hour Comedy. “Lisa created a supportive writer’s room environment and encouraged us to be the best we could be. I’m thrilled with the result,” Sonja […]

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Erika Mcpherson, 1st place winner


Creative Artists Agency, William Morris Endeavor, United Talent Agency, CBS Entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Television. These are just a few of the agencies and production companies we’ve heard from since announcing the winners of this year’s Screenwriting Competitions.  For Erika Mcpherson, Tricia Smith, and Duke Cullen, the winners of the inaugural Television Writing Competition, and for […]

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Terry Stevenson

Success: Student Publishes Noir Poetry

Poetry student Terry Stevenson’s “Noir Fragments” was recently published by NoirCon 2010.  The poem was originally a “suite” of four poems that he first wrote in Suzanne Lummis’s course, Poetry Goes to the Movies: The Poem Noir.  The poems attempt to capture the atmosphere of film noir, and two of them reference the films Double […]

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50,000 Words and Countless Cups of Coffee

Each November, tens of thousands of brave souls put their dream of becoming a novelist above all else and partake in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). To successfully complete the challenge, writers must produce 50,000 words in 30 days, or approximately six pages per day! Here at the Writers’ Program, instructor Ian Randall Wilson returns […]

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Beverly Smith Dawson

Student’s Play Featured in AZ Centennial Project

Writers’ Program student Beverly Smith-Dawson was named one of six finalists of the AZ Centennial Plays, a part of the Arizona Centennial Project’s New Works Series.  As a finalist, Beverly received $100 and a full production of her one-act play, “One Summer,” during the 2011-12 MainStage Season. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Arizona’s […]

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Eight of this year’s scholarship students

Announcing the 2011 – 2012 Writers’ Program Scholarship Recipients

We are very excited to announce the recipients of our inaugural UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Scholarship!  After a competitive judging process, we narrowed the applicants down to ten promising creative writing and screenwriting students who showed not only financial need, but a genuine passion for their craft. Our recipients shared a little more about themselves, […]

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