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Scott Doyle and Writers' Program instructor Lou Mathews

Success: Kirkwood Winner Part of New Short Fiction Series

The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ only live literary “magazine”, which presents fresh new voices in an innovative spoken word format, will present Claudia, written by former Writers’ Program James Kirkwood Award winner in Creative Writing Scott Doyle. Scott has taken a variety of courses within the Writers’ Program and even now as a […]

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Success: Online Instructor Publishes Newest Novel

Online creative writing instructor Caroline Leavitt shares some great news for us all the way from Hoboken, New Jersey… Caroline just sold her 9th novel Breathe to Algonquin Books.  The novel is about a mysterious car accident and the four lives that interconnect because of it: a photographer fleeing her philandering husband whose girlfriend is […]

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Writers Faire ‘08: Join us for Inspiration, Insider Info, & 10% Off Most Fall Writing Courses

What does it take to be a successful writer? Community, persistence, discipline, imagination, insider tips, mentors to guide you, classmates to share in your struggle, and a whole lot of coffee.  We know just where to find it.  Join us Sunday, September 7 on the UCLA campus for the UCLA Extension Writers Faire, our annual […]

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the movie poster for Whats Bugging Seth written and directed by Eli Steele

Success: Master Class Student Writes and Directs New Film

Eli Steele, a former Master Class in Feature Film Writing student with instructor Paula Cizmar, wrote and directed a movie that was recently released on DVD called What’s Bugging Seth.  The film was a winner at 8 different film festivals and is about Seth Singer, a young deaf man.  Seth is a man who is […]

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Write Your Great American Novel in Only a Month! (Yup, you heard me!)

In today’s literary market, a novel is considered to be at least 50,000 words in length.  Sounds like a lot of words to craft, right? Exactly how long does it take to write a novel?  Amazingly, some writers can hammer out their great tome in a relatively short amount of time.  Supposedly, Stephen King takes […]

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Success: Student Publishes Six Words

Former student Tysa Goodrich had her six-word memoir published in Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure.  The book features authors such as Dave Eggers, Jonathan Lethem, Amy Sedaris, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen Colbert, as well as 600 winners chosen from over 15,000 submissions by writers spanning the globe. […]

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Bananas and Other Perks of Entering the UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition

Stay tuned until mid-September when the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the 2008 UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition will be named.  In the meantime, screenwriting program assistant Chae Ko gives us something to chew on.  Below, some of this year’s top 10 finalists respond to Chae’s inquiry about, uh…, bananas. I have an infatuation […]

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