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Writers’ Program in the Community

When you think of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, your first thought may be of workshops on the UCLA campus.  You might think of Royce Hall and seventies-era buildings, vending machines with luke-warm coffee, that sculpture garden full of jacaranda blooms. That’s all very well and good, but many don’t realize that the Writers’ Program […]

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Meet New Writers’ Program Instructor Victoria Patterson

The Writers’ Program has an incredibly accomplished roster of instructors teaching in our creative writing department, and our new instructors are no exception.  We’re lucky to have Victoria Patterson lending her expertise beginning this summer quarter.  Victoria is an award winning fiction writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Santa Monica Review, Florida […]

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Success: Student Studies Poetry in a New Setting

Creative writing student S. Erin Batiste was accepted into a writing residency at the Soul Mountain Retreat—a working community for poets of color in the rural woods of Connecticut, hosted by former CT Poet Laureate, Marilyn Nelson.  Stephanie has taken several courses including The Joy of Writing, Creative Writing: Drama, and Introduction to Poetry Writing.    […]

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Writers’ Program Goes Global: Why International Students Make Online Learning a Worldly Adventure

     Every day, students call the Writers’ Program and ask “What are the advantages of taking an online course?” Online courses can be the most rewarding learning experience for the right student.  For those with demanding day jobs, the flexibility to log on to Blackboard and “attend” class at odd hours is a huge benefit, […]

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Rewrite by Paul Chitlik

Success: Instructor Publishes Rewrite Book

“The rumors are true: my book—you know the one, the one I’ve been talking about for the last couple of years, the one on rewriting—is finally coming out!” screenwriting instructor Paul Chitlik tells us.  Paul’s book is called Rewrite: A Step by Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in Your Screenplay and shares […]

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From Classroom to Cyberspace: Teaching in Two Dimensions

When the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program offered its first online course back in the spring of 1995, Introduction to Fiction: Learning Fiction Fundamentals On-Line, the staff could not envision how popular and practical distance learning would become—not even the course instructor, Harry Youtt. Thirteen years later, Harry still teaches online courses for the Writers’ Program, […]

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Success: Former Master Class Student Publishes

Creative writing student Tammy Delatorre has some good news to share—three different publications! Tammy took Ian Randall Wilson’s course, Micro-Fiction: A Course in the Really Short Story, where she finished a piece called, “Gifts from My Mother.” The story recently placed first in the River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest and will be published in their spring […]

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