We were just getting used to this whole 2009 thing, slowly packing away our flip flops and getting out the Uggs, and suddenly, the holidays are upon us! But before we break out the hot buttered rum and launch into our rendition of Blue Christmas (which is awesome, by the way), an announcement:

UCLA Extension will be closed December 19, 2009 through January 3, 2010. This extended closure is due to the salary reduction/furlough plan adopted by the UC Regents in response to the State of California and University of California budget crisis (although it’s more fun for us to think of it as vacation). Keep in mind that until January 4th, enrollments will only be processed online, so if you have not already enrolled, please do so at uclaextension.edu to get into your desired course. We will be back, fresh faced from our break, to answer any questions you have about courses or registration on January 4th.

In the meantime, here is a list of links that may be helpful when trying to decide on a class or enroll:

– The winter 2010 Writers’ Program catalog PDF, a full listing of our courses with descriptions and instructor bios.

– The Writers’ Program FAQ page. If you are new to UCLA Extension or the Writers’ Program and need some general information, this page has helpful answers.

– Information about our certificate programs.

– Our 2010 Writers’ Studio brochure (February 4-7, 2010)

Financial Aid information

Parking Information

While we know these links are no substitute for our awesome advisors, they’ll provide you with much useful information until we return.

And now on to the fun stuff: presents!

Trying to get the last (or the first?) of your Christmas shopping done? You’ve stocked up on Snuggies and those cool aluminum water bottles, but still aren’t sure what to get the writer in your life? Look no further than the Writers’ Program! What could be better for an aspiring writer than the gift of education? Many of our winter quarter classes are still open, from courses for beginners like Discovering the Writer Within to genre specific classes like Writing for Sequential Art. Looking for the right gift for the budding screenwriter? Help them achieve their goals in the new year with Cracking the Code: How to Write the Box Office Winner! And don’t forget about our Writers’ Studio courses, many of which are still open. Our 2009 Outstanding Instructor in Screenwriting, Keith Giglio, will be teaching Writing Act One and Crafting Your Career, a class not to be missed. We also have several one day and weekend courses, ranging from Quick-Start Your Career in Children’s Writing to Selling Yourself and Your Work: The Business of Being a Screenwriter. The bottom line: we’ve got something for everyone!

So trim the tree, break out the mulled wine, and don’t forget to enroll in your winter classes. We look forward to seeing you when we get back.

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Katy Flaherty is the Assistant to the Director of the Writers’ Program.

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