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Countdown to the Writers Studio…

It’s almost February and the Writers Studio is upon us. What’s the Writers Studio, you ask? An intense gathering of writers and their mentors (our distinguished Writers’ Program instructors) immersing themselves in their writing for four days in Westwood Village. From February 5-8 – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – you work in classes limited to […]

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Success: Success for Screenwriting Student

In 2007, Hollie Overton took Beginning Writing for the One Hour Drama with Bruce Miller.  Since then, Hollie was named a semi-finalist in the 2008 Screenplay Expo Writing Competition, was selected to participate in the 2008-2009 Warner Brothers Writers Workshop, and is a semi-finalist for the 2009 ABC/Disney Fellowship. “While I had heard great things […]

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2008 James Kirkwood Literary Prize

One of the great things about working in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program is the chance to meet our students—aspiring and established writers from all walks of life who share the same passion for words and stories.  It’s even more inspiring when we’re able to meet those students and honor the words that they’ve written. […]

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Success: Certificate Student Enjoys Screenwriting Success

Brian Hill, who completed his Online Certificate in Feature Film Writing in 2007, placed as a Semifinalist in the 2008 Scriptapalooza Competition for his screenplay Dog Magic. Brian began writing Dog Magic in Scott Myers‘ Intermediate Feature Film Writing course, and has this to say about his experience in the Writers’ Program: “All six UCLA […]

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Lisa Positano is a student in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program

Success: Student Publishes and Wins Poetry Contest

Lisa Atkinson, who has taken Writers’ Program classes since 2000, saw her work published and recognized in 2008.  In May, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine published her poem “Papercuts,” and in the same month Lisa won First Prize (Humorous) and Honorable Mention (Rhyming) in the 35th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest! Lisa has taken seven creative […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time to make resolutions, to set goals and leave bad habits behind.  As I stood in the middle of a crowded dance floor this past December 31st, surrounded by friends and people I’d never seen before in my life, I took stock of […]

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Nancy Spiller's new book, "Entertaining Disasters."

Success: Debut Novel of Former Student and New Instructor

Creative writing instructor Nancy Spiller‘s novel, Entertaining Disasters, debuts this January.  It follows the story of FW, a Los Angeles culinary writer who writes about the fabulous dinner parties she hosts for celebrity studded guest lists.  However, when a well-known food editor demands an invitation to one of her parties, FW panics.  What he doesn’t […]

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