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Writers Studio now open for enrollment!

Enrollment is now open for the 2020 Writers Studio, held February 27 – March 1, 2020. Scroll down below for all the offerings!

Here’s what some former Writers Studio participants have to say about their experience.

“This was my first writing class since undergrad 20 years ago and it was the perfect jumping off point for me to begin my writing life.” Sarah Reese, Manzanita, Oregon

“It will wake you from your pathetically unproductive malaise and force you to do what you always threatened to do.” Brent Giannotta, Pasadena, California

“You will gain the courage to tell the story you were meant to tell.” Jamie Curtis, Powell, Ohio

Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the Writers Studio brings together a community of writing students to workshop with some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers.
From among the 12 offered courses, participants choose one workshop in which they work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to no more than 15 people.

For more information: or (310) 825-9415.

“I loved the compact intensity of 4 solid days. Although it is a big emotional investment, the concentrated work and togetherness could never be replicated in a weekly course.” Preston Fordstrom, San Francisco, California

Creative Writing

Writing Your First Novel with Noel Alumit

Writing the Young Adult Novel with Erin Entrada Kelly

Writing Your Memoir with Antonia Crane

Writing the Personal Essay with Amy Friedman

Structuring Your Story with Jeanne De Vita

Marketing and PR for Writers and Agents with Katie Dunham

Writing Memorable Scenes for Fiction and Nonfiction with Natashia Deón


Writing Your First Screenplay with Koji Steven Sakai

Creating the Half-Hour Television Pilot with Eric Abrams

Creating the One-Hour Television Pilot with Zac Hug

Creating Powerful Scenes and Sequences for Movies and TV with Roberto Marinas

Showrunners Boot Camp with Cynthia Hsiung

Prospective Students

Heard good things about the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program but not sure what it’s all about? Click here for details about who we are, what we do, and why we’re the best choice for your writing education.

Continuing Students

Not sure which course to take next quarter?  Click on the link below to discover the many options available to you.


Earned your certificate but want to stay connected to the Extension community?  Click here to see all the benefits enjoyed by UCLA Extension Alumni.

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Announcing the 2019 James Kirkwood Award Winners

Earlier this month, the Writers’ Program hosted a luncheon in Los Angeles to honor the recipients of the 2019 James Kirkwood Literary Prize. The James Kirkwood Literary Prize is named for the late Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood, one of the...

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Instructor Interview: Eileen Cronin

Instructor Interview: Eileen Cronin

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Eileen Cronin! Eileen is teaching Memoir I on the UCLA campus (Reg# 371301) this Winter, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. What sparks your creativity? Indie folk music with...

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Winter 2020 Catalog

Writers’ Program Comprehensive Brochure

Dates and Deadlines:

  • December 2 — Advanced Course Submission Deadline
  • January 6 — Winter Quarter Begins
  • February 27 – March 1, 2020 — Writers Studio

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