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Announcing the Winners of the 2011 James Kirkwood Award in Creative Writing

A yearly highlight of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program is our James Kirkwood Literary Prize in Creative Writing, which gives intermediate and advanced level instructors the chance to nominate their very best students.  Now in its twentieth year, this year’s competition had 41 outstanding submissions.  First round judges Ron Alexander, Beth Ann Bauman, liz gonzalez, […]

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Jacqui Lipton

Success: Student Sees Three Times the Success

Jacqui Lipton’s piece The End, a flash fiction story about a family coping with the imminent death of a terminally ill mother, won the October 2011 Flash Fiction award. First Kiss, Jacqui’s flash fiction story about a young mother’s relationship with her newborn daughter, is soon to be published in The Daily Flash: 366 […]

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2012: The Year We Write

Here we are, a brand new year! What are your writing goals for 2012?  Chances are, whatever you have in mind, the Writers’ Program can give you a helping hand in reaching those goals. Let this be the year that you finish that first draft, take up a new exciting genre, or approach writing for […]

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Conor Teevan

Success: Student Publishes in Potomac Review

Creative Writing student Conor Teevan’s short story, “They Sit Like This,” was recently accepted for publication by Potomac Review.  It’s about a family who goes out to eat the night before Mom goes into the hospital for an experimental bone marrow transplant. Conor has taken a variety of fiction courses and says, “I’ve studied with […]

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Happy Holidays from the Writers' Program!

Happy New Year!

Please don’t hate us, dear readers in the Midwest, Northeast, and anywhere else with marginally cold weather, but Southern California is blissfully clear after a day of rain, the air is fresh, and while outside you probably want a sweater or light jacket, inside it’s still tank top weather.  Despite the lack of snow, frost, […]

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Carol Tanzman

Success: Student Signs Two-Book Deal

Writers’ Program student Carol Tanzman has signed a two book deal with Harlequin Teen!  Dancergirl, a young adult thriller, was published in November this year, and the second book, Circle of Silence, will be released in August 2012. Carol worked on Dancergirl in Claire Carmichael’s advanced novel class. Dancergirl tells the story of Ali, a […]

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Wp's Laurence Rosenthal and Samantha Dunn

2011 Outstanding Instructors of the Year: Samantha Dunn and Laurence Rosenthal

Each year, as part of the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor and Employee Awards, the Writers’ Program has the privilege of honoring two deserving instructors.  This year’s nominees—Samantha Dunn and Laurence Rosenthal—are both seasoned veterans who have inspired more than a thousand students over the years with their prolific experience, thoughtfulness in […]

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