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Madonna & ME

Success: Nonfiction Student Publishes in Madonna Anthology

 Marisela Huerta’s story, “Immaterial Girl,” will be published in the book Madonna & ME, an anthology of stories and personal essays by women writers who were influenced by the iconic singer, which will be released this month.  Publishers Weekly says of the compilation:  “These memoirs reveal that Madonna’s mix of spirituality and raw sensuality had […]

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Now Available: The Writers’ Program Scholarship Application

It’s the week everyone’s been waiting for… the 2012 UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Scholarship application is now available for download! To download a pdf of the 2012 -2013 application packet, click here. Now in its second year, our Scholarship Program will provide ten lucky scholars—in either creative writing or screenwriting—the unique opportunity to take three […]

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Anna Lefler

Success: Student Publishes Humorous Dictionary

Writers’ Program student Anna Lefler’s nonfiction book The CHICKtionary:  From A-Line to Z-Snap, the Words Every Woman Should Know was recently published by Adams Media. A humorous dictionary of more than 450 words and phrases women use, both familiar (such as “uterus”) and not so familiar (such as “residual girlfriend”), it defines each from the […]

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New Instructor Terry Pierce

Terry Pierce may be a new instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, but with 17 published children’s books under her belt, she’s a veteran when it comes to the craft of writing for little ones. Here Terry shares her advice, her muse, and her secret to a successful children’s story. Writers’ Program:  This spring […]

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David Elliott and Lynn Casella

Success: Two Students’ Pages Requested by Agents

Recent graduates of the Wp’ certificate program, David Elliott and Lynn Casella, attended a ThrillerFest AgentFest in New York City last year, and pitched their completed fiction manuscripts to some of the more than 65 agents present. Both received several requests for pages, and Lynn is currently sending out anywhere from 10 to 100 pages […]

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Springtime is Writing Time

Springtime is writing time, don’t you think? There’s something special in the air, and I’m not just talking about the pollen.  Spring is, after all, nature’s time for rebirth, for renewal: dried leaves on the ground are replaced by new buds. It’s time for you to renew vows to write this year, especially if you […]

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Margaret Chen

Success: Student Makes Top 25 in Glimmer Train

Wp’ certificate student Margaret Chen’s story “The Zhangs and The Zumans” placed in the Top 25 of the September 2011 Glimmer Train Fiction Open. “Zumans” was also nominated for the 2011 James Kirkwood Literary Prize. “I workshopped this story in two Advanced Short Story classes last year — Lisa Cron’s Spring class and David Borofka’s Fall […]

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