Online student Lori Culwell was on her way to becoming a college professor when she dropped it all to pursue her dream of being a writer. She started taking online courses through UCLA Extension, and enrolled in the Writers’ Program course, Art of Creative Nonfiction with Gordon Grice. One of the stories Lori wrote for the course ended up being nominated for a Pushcart Prize!

She found Writers’ Program courses at UCLA Extension so inspiring she decided to start a novel, which eventually became Hollywood Car Wash. After testing the market and selling 3,000 copies on her own, Culwell won “Project Publish” and a coveted contract with Touchstone/Fireside (an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

Culwell is still taking courses at UCLA Extension and loving them. “Just the chance to meet other writers and work with them has been invaluable. I really think I will continue to take UCLA Extension courses as long as they are offered—they have been an integral part of my training as a writer!”

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