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Q & A with 2007 Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing winner Amy Friedman

by Marcus Hennessy Amy Friedman’s path to the podium at the 2007 Outstanding Instructor Award luncheon has passed through virtually every genre of creative writing, from short story to playwriting to newspaper columnist to screenwriter to essayist and memoir writer.  The wisdom she has accumulated on this personal odyssey has made Amy not only a […]

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Success: Student Teleplay Wins at Austin Film Fest

Writers’ Program student Scott Richter won the 2007 Austin Film Festival’s Best Drama Teleplay competition for his Grey’s Anatomy spec. Scott developed the spec while in instructor Tom Blomquist‘s Writing the One-Hour Drama Spec: Advanced Workshop in the summer of 2006, and continued to take courses with Tom, writing and creating three one-hour TV pilots. […]

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Cube Libre, a photo from a documentary by Ken Rosen

Success: Instructor Releases Trailer for Cuba Documentary

Almost 10 years ago Writers’ Program instructor Ken Rosen began a film project that is finally making its way into the world. The trailer for Cuba Libre, a film which documents U.S. economic blockade and its affect on the people of Cuba, is now available at Filmed on location in Cuba from 1998 to […]

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"Under the Same Moon" 2008; written by Ligiah Villalobos

Success: Student’s First Feature Accepted at Sundance

Writers’ Program student Ligiah Villalobos‘ first feature film was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. But the good news doesn’t stop there: the result of a bidding war between five studios ended in world wide distribution of her film “Under the Same Moon” by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company. Villalobos took her very first […]

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"A Story of Courage" by Luciano Saber and Nicolae Leka

Success: Instructor Pens “A Story of Courage” for Teens

Writers’ Program instructor Luciano Saber’s book, A Story of Courage (Publish America) is helping troubled teens: an educational district in Idaho has made it required reading as part of a psychological counseling program. A Story of Courage follows the turbulent life of an orphan who at age ten embarks on a painstaking search for his […]

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Success: Student Screens Film at Local Playhouse

Writer/director and former Writers’ Program student Vincent Foster recently screened his political comedy “Naked Run” at Pierson Playhouse. Foster went through the UCLA Professional Program in film and took Advanced Feature Film Writing Workshop in UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program with Paula Cizmar.  Foster stresses that the takeaway from Cizmar’s class was the freedom to fail, […]

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From Writers Studio Student to Workshop Leader: A Q &A with Noel Alumit

Novelist and instructor Nöel Alumit belongs to the rare group of Writers’ Program teachers who once were Writers’ Program students. This February, he’ll teach  Creating Memorable Characters and Dialogue at the Writers Studio, our four-day intensive writing conference—a conference that he attended years ago as a student. In this exclusive Q&A he lets us in […]

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