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Wp' Instructor Michael Buckley

Keep Writing Time Sacred: A Q&A with instructor Michael Buckley

How do we put ourselves in a creative mode of thinking? Is it as simple as sitting in front of a blank computer screen? Well, if you’re anything like me, that’s probably the worst place to try and be creative, with the internet and endless time-wasting vortexes a mere thumb tap away. How do the […]

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Schaffner. Image by Casey Curry for PEN Center USA

WHERE IS SHE NOW? A Q&A with Former Kirkwood Literary Prize Finalist Jamie Schaffner

Fall is an exciting time of year for the Creative Writing side of the Wp’, a time when our intermediate and advanced-level instructors consider all of their students’ work from the preceding year and choose two nominees for the annual James Kirkwood Literary Prize. This year’s finalists will be celebrated at a luncheon with their […]

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Student Timothy Tau

Success: Student Wins Hyphen Magazine Contest

Student Timothy Tau won the 2011 Hyphen Asian American Short Story Contest for “The Understudy” which will be published in Hyphen Magazine’s November issue.  “The courses I took included Creative Writing: Short Story with Stephen Cooper — an initial draft of ‘The Understudy’ was born in that class.  I also took a science fiction writing course […]

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From left: Carla, Alicia and Sara

Musical Chairs at the Writers’ Program

The Writers’ Program has undergone a number of staffing changes recently, so if you call your trusty advisor and someone new answers, do not be alarmed.  We are fully staffed, but with some new faces! If you ever call the Writers’ Program front desk (i.e. the “main line”), you’ll talk to the lovely Carla Janas, […]

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Student Aline Ohanesian

Student a Glimmer Train Finalist

The first chapter of Aline Ohanesian’s novel, An Axe in the Forest, was recently a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers.  Aline has taken fiction writing courses in our program, as well as our literary agent workshop. Aline shares: “I worked on this and other chapters in Novel Writing III […]

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Competition winners Montoya and Dorian

Facing Down “Snarling Wolves and Trained Assassins”

This week we interviewed Ana Maria Montoya and Robert Dorian, 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively of the UCLA Extension Feature Film Competition.  Their scripts—Hanging Moon and Dead of Winter—earned many praises from their mentors and judges alike.  Ana Maria and Robert both had much to share about taking writing courses, developing their prize winning […]

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Christine Dorian Richard

Sucess: Videogame Success for WP Student

Writers’ Program student Christine Dorian Richard has been hired by social games publisher Kabam as a game writing consultant for a not-yet-announced online game project. Christine had previous experience as a scriptwriter and blogger, but finished a Creative Writing Certificate to focus on character development, dialogue, dramatic structure and game writing. Christine says: “The program […]

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