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Q and A with Paula Cizmar: Mentor to Screenplay Competition Finalists

Other than being outstanding writers, what do the UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition finalists from the past five years have in common? They’ve all taken screenwriting courses with Writers’ Program instructor Paula Cizmar. Paula’s exceptional instruction of screenwriting won her the prestigious UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Screenwriting in 2003. We asked Paula a few […]

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Success: Upcoming Poetry Readings

Students from Laurel Ann Bogen’s Creative Writing: Poetry class will be reading their work at Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood on March 17th at 7 pm.  Readers include Wendy All, Lise Matthews, Deirdre Feehan, Karen King, Erika Ayon, Jonathan Cartwright, Paula Yoo, Dan Post and Mehnaz Turner. The bookstore is located in the Brentwood Country Mart, […]

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A Simple Lesson for Writing Your Next Screenplay

“Teacher say, student do.” – Mr. Miyagi Last week I had the sudden urge to watch “The Karate Kid.”  I have to admit that this is one of my guilty pleasures.  Who doesn’t love an underdog story with fancy karate moves and everyone’s boyhood crush Elizabeth Shue?  But upon further glance you see there is […]

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Sonja Livingston; instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program

Success: Instructor Wins AWP Award

Online Creative Writing Instructor Sonja Livingston has won the 2008 AWP Award Series in Creative Nonfiction for her memoir Ghostbread (to be published by University of Georgia Press this fall). Judge Kathleen Norris’ praises Sonja’s work: “…the author of Ghostbread takes us on a journey through a childhood scarred by poverty and graced by love. […]

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ArtsDay LA: A Celebration of Careers in the Arts

Here at the Writers’ Program, our offices are abuzz with preparation for ArtsDay LA.  Held on Saturday, March 7th, ArtsDay LA is an annual Department of the Arts-wide event celebrating careers in seven disciplines–Creative Writing, Design Communication Arts, Entertainment Media, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Screenwriting—through four one-hour sessions held on the UCLA campus.  These […]

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Success: Student is Finalist in AAA Screenplay Contest

A one hundred fifty-year-old photograph of a dying boy leads a former New Orleans D.A. back to Louisiana when his son is abducted by the sister of a man he falsely convicted of murder. This is the logline for Remembrance Photo, student Michael Hoffman’s dark thriller set in present day New Orleans.  Remembrance Photo was […]

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Feed Me: Writers Dish about Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image ed by Harriet Brown

Success: Online Instructor Featured in Body Image Anthology

Rochelle Shapiro, who teaches Writing the Personal Essay and Intermediate Personal Essay online, is featured in Feed Me: Writers Dish about Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image, published by Ballantine Books earlier this year.  The anthology, edited by Harriet Brown, also includes work by Writers’ Program instructor and novelist Caroline Leavitt. Betsy Lerner, author of […]

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