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By Barney Lichtenstein Every screenwriter wants to receive approval from the unseen story analyst, or “reader,” who often determines the fate of a screenplay submitted to an agency, production company, or studio.  To make a strong first impression, most writers focus on strengthening the structure of the piece while cleaning up format so the material […]

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Success: Online Student’s Article in “Mothering”

Creative writing student Liz McGlinchey King‘s article, “Out of the Closet – Now What?”, recently appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of Mothering magazine.  The article talks about how to support your gay child through the coming out process. Liz shares, “This semester I am taking my second UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Class, The Art […]

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Outstanding Instructor in Creative Writing Laurel Ann Bogen Shares Her Story

       On December 2nd, the Writers’ Program celebrated three instructors at the annual Department of the Arts Outstanding Instructor and Employee Awards.  The winner for Creative Writing was Laurel Ann Bogen, poet and instructor of 18 years. Program Director Linda Venis introduced Laurel Ann at the awards ceremony this way: “… author of 10 books […]

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Love Junkie: A Memoir by Rachel Resnick

Success: New Instructor Memoir Published

Creative writing instructor Rachel Resnick‘s new book, Love Junkie: A Memoir (Bloomsbury), was recently released. The memoir has been receiving nationwide press attention and critical praise, including this from the December issue of Vanity Fair:  “With staggering honesty, raw and unsparing humor, novelist Rachel Resnick outs herself as a love junkie.” Kirkus Reviews also writes:  […]

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Outstanding X 3: The Writers’ Program Honors the Winners of the 2008 Outstanding Instructor Awards

     Last Tuesday, the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts gathered in DeNeve Plaza to honor 10 instructors in the areas of interior design, landscape architecture, studio arts, design communication arts, directing, music, creative writing and screenwriting. Now in its 22nd year, this award has singled out and celebrated the rich diversity of teaching styles, […]

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Robert Desiderio, former UCLA Extension Writers' Program student whose film debuted at Sundance Film Festival

Success: Former Student’s Film Debuts at Sundance, Tours US

A Christian woman, who runs an ex-gay, reparative therapy ministry with her husband, searches for salvation through repairing the “sexual brokenness” of gay men. But she finds her life devastated and belief challenged when two young men in her care fall in love with each other, revealing love has no boundaries. This is the logline […]

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Catch it before it’s gone: the Writers Studio Early Bird Deadline!

You’ve all heard this: the early bird gets the worm.  In the case of our upcoming Writers Studio, the early bird gets to save money.  Seventy-five dollars of money. Now that gas prices have dropped, this could be a couple of tanks in your Volvo, or a few plates of paella at your favorite tapas […]

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