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Letting the Ideas—and Inspiration—Flow

By Mae Respicio, Program Representative in Creative Writing I learned in a class once (a Writers’ Program class, of course!), that there is no such thing as not having anything to write about, it’s just a matter of doing a better job of observing and listening, then getting those details down on paper. During one […]

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Graham Jones accepting award for "Washington" at the 2007 Worldfest Houston

Success: Screenwriting Student Takes On Multiple Projects

Screenwriting student Graham Jones excitedly shares, “I’ve got lots going on and most of it is to do with the Writers’ Program.  And all of it has to do with UCLA Extension.”  Graham’s feature-length screenplay, The Devil’s Own Work, was a finalist in the Canadian screenplay competition.  It’s a war film about the friendship […]

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Calling all Screenwriters! Submit your Script to the UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition

By Corey Campbell With the deadline for the UCLA Extension Screenplay Competition creeping up (March 27, folks!), you may wonder: how does your life change when you win? If your name is Jas Lonnquist, first-place winner of the 2006 Screenplay Competition, you’re drawing attention from numerous companies.  “When I won the competition, I was deluged […]

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TriQuarterly Review -- Issue 129 with UCLA Extension student Vincent Precht

Success: Kirkwood Winner Enjoys Publishing Success

Former Writers’ Program James Kirkwood Award in Creative Writing winner Vincent Precht is enjoying much publication success with notable journals.  His short story, “The Daughter of the Bearded Lady” will be published in TriQuarterly 129.  The story is a ten thousand word period piece about an illiterate, one-armed circus schoolteacher who rescues the daughter of […]

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Wife Goes On; a novel by Leslie Lehr

Success: Instructor Interviewed on KTLA

For all of you local Writers’ Program students, make sure to tune into KTLA this Thursday morning at 9:30am—instructor Leslie Lehr will be interviewed about her brand new novel, Wife Goes On.  The book is about Diane Taylor, an MBA turned PTA mom.  When Diane gives up her dreams of living happily ever after, she […]

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Success: Screenwriting Students in Industry Competitions

Writers’ Program students made their mark at some of 2007’s most exciting screenwriting events.  Bronwyne Mirkovich’s script “The Best Clown Money Can Buy” won the Family Genre prize at the 2007 Screenwriting Expo and Kathy J. Forti’s one-hour original pilot, Stacks, was a finalist in the Slamdance Teleplay Competition. Bronwyne began her path to success […]

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Ruth Karpinski

Success: Student Published in Natural Health Magazine

Writers’ Program student Ruth Karpinski published her first nonfiction essay in Natural Solutions magazine this month.  The essay, entitled “My First Belly Roll” documents Ruth’s nerve-wracking and exhilarating experience with belly dancing classes at her local community center. Ruth recently took the course Writing the Personal Essay and says, “Shawna Kenney’s class was definitely worth […]

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