Dave Johnson, who has taken Essential Beginnings: An Introductory Creative Writing Workshop and Introduction to Fiction Writing (both online), won his first writing contest last August for his short piece “he didn’t show up tonight.” The prize for short fiction (500 word maximum) was given at the We Are Many Festival, a celebration of community, the arts, and the environment, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Dave began writing the story in Mariannne Villanueva’s Essential Beginnings: “Without Marianne’s instruction I would never have developed the piece and without her encouragement I would not have continued to believe in it despite several rejections. I am about to begin my third online Writers’ Program course, Flash Fiction, and I look forward to continuing to develop as a writer.

Congratulations Dave, and keep putting your work out there!

You can read Dave’s piece, and more about the We Are Many Festival.

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Write to writers@uclaextension.edu.

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