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Bananas and Other Perks of Entering the UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition

Stay tuned until mid-September when the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the 2008 UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition will be named.  In the meantime, screenwriting program assistant Chae Ko gives us something to chew on.  Below, some of this year’s top 10 finalists respond to Chae’s inquiry about, uh…, bananas. I have an infatuation […]

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Before the Rains, a film co-written by V. Prasad and released by Merchant Ivory

Success: Instructor’s Merchant Ivory Film is Released

Before the Rains, a film co-written by screenwriting instructor V. Prasad and presented by Merchant Ivory, was recently released.  Set in 1930s southern India against the backdrop of a growing nationalist movement, Before the Rains is the English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan. An idealistic young Indian man finds himself torn between […]

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207 Ways to “Join” the Writers’ Program

It’s so easy to get frustrated with writing. Sometimes what you’re working on doesn’t come together, no matter how many drafts you try. Like the Beatles say, sometimes you just need a little help from your friends. So who do you turn to for support? Why, the Writers’ Program of course. We know that writing […]

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Success: Online Student Receives Fiction Writing Grant

Student Karin Zirk was awarded a grant for unpublished novels through the Elizabeth George Foundation.  Karin has been using the grant to take Writers’ Program online courses to finish her novel, Falling from the Moon. Karin says, “The grant provided time to write and funding for classes such as Novel V, where I studied under […]

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Sunny & Share Love You; a mockumentary co-written by instructor Micah Schraft

Success: Instructor Film Benefits Local Non-Profit Theatre

A special screening of Sunny & Share Love You, a mockumentary co-written by screenwriting instructor Micah Schraft, was recently held with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Victory Theatre.  The movie is about an indie filmmaker who attempts to reunite a once-successful 1990s-era pop duo.   Not only did Micah co-write the film but he also co-starred.  The […]

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The Life and Times of Daniel M. Jaffe

You may not know this, but most Writers’ Program instructors once struggled in day jobs just like you. Take Daniel M. Jaffe, who broke from a successful law career to become a bonafide fiction writer and instructor. We sat down with Dan (via cyberspace) to chat about his escape from the 9-to-5, his approach to […]

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Success: Student Publishes in Two Anthologies

Creative Writing student Eileen Granfors‘ short non-fiction piece “On Schedule or Else” was named a finalist in the Cup of Comfort for Military Families anthology.  She also had one previous piece published in the anthology A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women called “Bruised but not Broken.” “On Schedule or Else” is about growing up […]

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