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The Benefits of a Certificate in Creative Writing

Perhaps you’ve taken a creative writing course or two, gotten the confidence to pursue your dream of being published, but you know you need to take more courses to continue to refine your craft. Have you considered adding a bit of structure to your coursework by enrolling in one of our two certificate programs (emphasis […]

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Jacqueline C. Kelley

Success: Online Student Publishes in Online Journal

Creative Writing student Jacqueline C. Kelley shared some great news—her story, “Pushing on the Boardwalk,” was recently published in the online literary magazine,  She says, “I developed this story in Writing the Fine Line of Trauma (Online) which was taught by the very supportive and amazing Naomi Benaron.” She also added, “I enjoy taking […]

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The Writers’ Program prides itself on fostering a community of writers and nowhere is that more evident than at the UCLA Extension Writers Faire.  Now in its 12th year, the Writers Faire can best be described as a celebration of all things writing. Whether you’ve considered doing some writing, have been writing for years, or […]

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Success: Book News!

Online fiction writing instructor Valerie Fioravanti has some exciting news to announce—her collection of short stories, Garbage Night at the Opera, won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction!  The prize is publication in fall 2012 by BkMk Press. The contest’s final judge was best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard, who said about Valerie’s work: “These […]

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Sean O’Reilly

Writing Comics with Sean O’Reilly

The Green Lantern. X-Men. The Incredible Hulk. Captain America.  Movies based on comic book characters are all the rage these days.  Whereas in the past it was not exactly “cool” to read comics (in fact, “Comic Book Guy” on The Simpsons made it hard to love your local comic book reader), these days comics are […]

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Katherine Easer

Success: Former Student Publishes Novel with Bloomsbury

Vicious Little Darlings, a YA novel by Katherine Easer, was recently released by Bloomsbury.  It revolves around Sarah Weaver, a jaded seventeen-year-old from a broken home, who leaves California to attend an all-women’s college in Massachusetts.  Sarah befriends a mysterious pair of legacy students and learns a shocking secret that could lead to murder. Katherine […]

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Phil Kellard, Lisa Cron, and Billy Mernit

Attention Advanced Students!

The Writers’ Program is still accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Master Classes in Novel Writing, Feature Film Writing, and Half-Hour Comedy Pilot Writing.  Designed for advanced students on the verge of producing professional quality work, the classes bring 8 students and a top-notch instructor together for 6 or 9 months.  Throughout the course, your instructor […]

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