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Success: Student Places in Orlando Hispanic Film Festival

A young Los Angeles detective investigates a series of brutal murders, uncovering clues that could make her the next target for the killer. This is the logline for screenwriting student Jordan Scott‘s script, The Roslin Effect, which recently placed first runner-up at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival. Jordan has taken a variety of UCLA Extension […]

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A Writer By Any Other Name

Last month I was invited to a barbecue where I found myself seated next to a young woman named Kirsten whom I had never met before.  When I told her I was the manager of the Writers’ Program, she asked me an innocent question that admittedly left my knees weak and my tongue dangling like […]

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Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister's Memoir by Heather Cariou

Success: The Success Keeps Coming

A few months ago we shared the news that Writers’ Program student Heather Summerhayes Cariou‘s novel, Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir, was recently published.  Heather shares even more fantastic news—actress Eva Longoria and UnbeliEVAble Productions have now optioned the rights to the book to produce for film!  It doesn’t stop there.  On top of that, […]

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Animation

by Debra L. Eckerling Reprinted by permission of Script Magazine Writers’ Program instructor Brooks Wachtel, whose course Writing for Television Animation begins on October 9, was featured in the May/June 2008 issue of Script Magazine. To see the article as it appeared in Script, including 4-color graphics, click here. ********* “I think [cartoons] are very […]

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picture of Ching-In Chen, author of "The Heart's Traffic."

Success: Student’s Novel-in-Poems to be Published

Former Writers’ Program student and current MFA candidate Ching-In Chen has great publication news to share—the announcement of her first book, The Heart’s Traffic, a novel-in-poems that will be published by Red Hen Press in February of 2009. “My instructor liz [gonzalez] was kind enough to help me with letters of recommendations to apply for […]

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Which is Better, Online or Onsite? One Program Assistant Tackles the Eternal Question

Two Sundays ago at the Writers Faire, during a short break from advising students, I stood in the back of a packed classroom and listened to three of our instructors discuss the art of the personal essay.  By the time I got there, the Q & A had just begun.  A young woman near the […]

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"A London Scrapbook" written by Polly Grose, a former student of the UCLA Extension Writers Studio

Success: Writers Studio Nonfiction Student Publishes Memoir

Polly Grose, a former Writers’ Program Studio student has some wonderful news: a published memoir! Inspired by her husband’s Victorian scrapbooks, Polly’s memoir, A London Scrapbook, was released by Beaver’s Pond Press. Polly has taken a variety of Writers’ Program courses in nonfiction.  She says of her instructors, “Amy Friedman guided me through three years […]

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