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Jordanna Fraiberg, author of "In Your Room"

Success: Start to Finish: Student Publishes YA Nov

Check out the new young adult novel In Your Room (Razorbill/Penguin), by former student Jordanna Fraiberg.  Jordanna shares how she got her novel published: “I got my start writing my first novel in a UCLA Extension class taught by Eve La Salle Caram.  It was actually a class on the short story.  I had chosen […]

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Finding and Developing Your Unique Writer’s Voice

By John Morgan Wilson Not long ago, when UCLA Extension asked me to teach a weekly class called “Developing Voice and Craft: The Keys to Successful Fiction Writing,” I immediately said yes.  I’ve always felt that “voice” plays a crucial role in effective writing, and I’ve heard countless writers and editors say the same. Only […]

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Success: Creative Writing Instructor wins Fiction Contest

The Emerging Writers Network has chosen Creative Writing instructor David Borofka’s short story “The Secret Life of Engineers,” about a middle aged man coming to terms with the secrets of his parents, as the winner of their 2007 Short Fiction Contest.  Judge Alyson Hagy describes the story as one “that knows its voice and heart.  […]

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A Writer Reads: Teachers Recommend the Books that Inspired Them

Ask ten people for advice on becoming a better writer and you’re likely to get ten unique responses.  Some will be helpful, some will be useless, and some might even be harmful.  There are a few things, however, that everyone can agree on.  Walk into any writing class, read any book on craft, or talk […]

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Success: Student Uncovers the Secret Lives of Boys

Creative writing student Malina Saval‘s book was recently release, which her former instructor Paul Mandelbaum describes as “a very cool nonfiction book.” The book is called The Secret Lives of Boys: From Indie F**ks to Mini-Adults, from Teenaged Dads to Troublemakers, Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens in America and offers an uncensored […]

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The Anti-Aging Fitness Perscription by Z. Altug and Tracy Gensler

Success: Writers’ Program Student Publishes Fitness Guide

Physical therapist and alum Z. Altug recently thanked the Writers’ Program for helping him publish The Anti-Aging Fitness Perscription (co-written with Tracy Gensler).  “For about two years I tried pitching my health/fitness book proposal to many publishers.  I received over 20 rejection letters.”  Z. then attended the workshop Writing a Book Proposal that Sells, which […]

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The Writers Studio at UCLA Extension: Make 2009 Your Breakout Year!

What would it take for you to finish your novel or memoir? Or get that screenplay into shape?  With a rocky economy and obligations piling up, how do you find the energy to put your writing first? Let us help. The UCLA Extension Writers Studio lets you carve out four days to concentrate on your […]

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