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From Novice to Professional: Get Your Career Started with ArtsDay LA

by Mae Respicio, the Program Representative in Creative Writing It’s no secret that Los Angeles is a mecca for artists of all sorts.  Aspiring artists from all over the world move here to pursue careers in writing, entertainment, architecture, and design.  But in such a large city and with so much competition, what’s the best […]

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A Vicky Hill Exclusive by Hannah Dennison

Success: Master Class Student Publishes First Novel

Former Master Class in Novel Writing student Hannah Dennison has some exciting publishing news—her first novel in the series A Vicky Hill Exclusive! will be released this spring by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Putnam.  Set in the sleepy English town of Gipping-on-Plym, the series features sweetly bumbling investigative journalist Vicky Hill, who will […]

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Success: Online Student places in Poetry Contest

Onliner Aline Taylor recently won a Commended Award in the Tom Howard Poetry Contest for her poem, “For Landon.” Landon, one of her son’s best friends, was killed in a car accident at the age of 19. The poem, written in her son’s voice, deals with the grief of losing him. What Aline learned in […]

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Success: Student a Finalist for Short Story Contest

Elena Canavier‘s short story Storm Watching has been selected as a finalist for the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest.  Elena wrote the story in Eve La Salle Caram’s fiction writing course, and then rewrote it during a subsequent course with Eve. By the end of that course, Elena knew she had to get it out […]

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Guerdat Moves to the Head of the Class, Winning Outstanding Instructor of the Year in Screenwriting

Many agree that screenwriting instructor Andy Guerdat is outstanding. Just read his students’ comments: “Andy is a true expert with insight and life experience that he brings to the classroom.” “He’s just the greatest!!!!  If you follow everything he says it works!! I optioned my script today and I can honestly say that everything Andy […]

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Sixtyfive Roses; by Heather Summerhayes Cariou

Success: Sixtyfive Roses: One Student’s Memoir is Released

Heather Summerhayes Cariou, who attended the UCLA Extension Writers Studio in 2006, has written Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir which was released in the US this January.  “Roses” enjoyed being a Canadian bestseller and a Globe and Mail choice for best 100 books in 2006.  Celine Dion wrote the forward for the book. A story […]

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Getaway Cabaret will be playing at the Noho Arts Center in Los Angeles

Success: Getaway Cabaret: A Night of Song, Dance & Comedy

Screenwriting instructor Bonnie MacBird has great news to share – the cabaret show she wrote, directed and produced opened this month to a packed house at the Noho Arts Center.  The Getaway Cabaret, a night of song, dance and comedy, features performers seen on Broadway, film and television and is hosted by The Open Top […]

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