What does it take to be a successful writer? Community, persistence, discipline, imagination, insider tips, mentors to guide you, classmates to share in your struggle, and a whole lot of coffee. We know just where to find it. Join us Sunday, September 7 on the UCLA campus for the UCLA Extension Writers Faire, our annual gathering of the Los Angeles writing community.

Now in its ninth year, the whirlwind event includes 24 free mini-panels and lectures, where you can see your favorite instructors discuss the art, craft, business, and life of writing.

This year, 70 Writers’ Program instructors will banter with each other on numerous inspirational topics, including: the one-hour drama series, writing the memoir, screenplay structure, short fiction, finding the right voice for your work, publishing your nonfiction book, crafting compelling characters…. And more!

All participating instructors are slated to teach workshops this fall, so at the Faire you can get a taste of their upcoming courses completely for free.

Explore many different realms of writing. Screenwriting, fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, writing for the youth market, getting published, getting produced, getting started, getting into an MFA program, getting to the heart of a story – all will be explored at the Faire.

That day, six panels will run simultaneously in six different classrooms, so you’ll have many opportunities to find a discussion that moves you. Visit any of the panels, held in Boelter Hall, Young Hall, and the Court of Sciences building. Seating is first-come, first-served, so arrive early to get a prime spot.

Economy got you down? Let us help—at the Writers Faire you can enroll in most fall quarter courses at a ten-percent discount (advanced courses excluded). Registration tables will be set up for you to enroll on-site. Also in the courtyard, knowledgeable Writers’ Program advisors will dole out first-hand advice about fall courses and our certificate programs. For many students, the Writers Faire is instrumental in helping them choose a workshop.

Need inspiration? Many attend the Faire to spark their creativity and get back to work, as creative writing student Andrea Kremer, who went to last year’s Faire, comments: “For me, the highlight of the Writers Faire was listening to the instructors discuss issues of craft. The advice they gave was drawn from experience, delivered with humor, applicable, and free.”

Searching for the wider Los Angeles literary community? It’s right here. The Writers Faire features a handful of select Los Angeles-area graduate writing programs and more than 12 writing-related professional and community organizations and businesses. This year’s stellar lineup includes PEN USA, WriteGirl, Final Draft, 826LA, West Hollywood Book Fair, Organization of Black Screenwriters,and Independent Writers of Southern California, among others.

Last year, more than 1,300 people attended the Writers Faire. This event brings a large community of writers out of the woodwork and gives them a gathering place, not to mention numerous opportunities for networking.

After the panels, talk with instructors in the courtyard, get writing advice, learn more about a course, or have a favorite book signed. Instructor publications will be for sale in the courtyard courtesy of ASUCLA BookZone.

And online students, at the Faire you can meet some of your online instructors and classmates in person. See online instructors in panels, and stop by the Online Demonstration Table in the Boelter Hall lobby. Also stop by the Boelter lobby for a free demonstration of Final Draft screenwriting software.

Overall, we’re looking forward to another crazy, whirlwind event.

Make plans now to join us Sunday, September 7th!


Corey Campbell is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (Online) and Events.

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