You’ve dragged the tree out onto the street, said goodbye to the in-laws, and sent the kids back to school with a kiss. There’s not a crumb of fruitcake to be found anywhere in the house. In fact, the only reminder of the holidays is a half-eaten candy cane you found stuck to the bottom of your shoe this morning. Finally, the time has come to get back to business as you knew it, before tidings of comfort and joy intervened and put everything–including your writing–on hold.

You unwrap what’s left of the candy cane, pop it into your mouth and for the first time in what seems like months, sit down at your computer and revisit your latest work-in-progress. You scroll down and realize that when you last left off, Aunt Molly was in the greenhouse watering her Nasturtiums with her trusty beagle Ed by her side when–suddenly overcome by toxic fumes–she collapses in a heap on the floor.

You scratch your head and wonder out loud, “Now where exactly was I going with that?” Feeling uninspired, you shut down your computer and opt to mop the kitchen floor instead.

Sound familiar?

If you’re like most writers, it’s not unusual to need a kick start of some sort before getting back into the rhythm of your writing, especially after a long break. That’s where the Writers’ Program comes in, offering sources of inspiration in many different forms. Here are just a few of the many ways you can get your imagination back on track with a little help from your friends at the Writers’ Program:

1. Enroll in a Class: The Writers’ Program offers no less than 525 courses each year, with something for everyone whether you’re writing a novel, memoir, play, short story, poem, children’s book, feature film, sitcom, or one-hour drama. Courses range from one day to 12 weeks and everything in between, and can be taken online or in a traditional classroom setting. Not only will you get instruction from a professional writer, but you’ll meet a classroom of like-minded students who are as passionate about writing as you are. The winter quarter begins January 6, so call us now.

2. Devote Four Intensive Days to Your Writing: Next month’s Writers Studio allows you to focus on your writing–and nothing but your writing–for four full days. You’ll not only advance your writing more than you imagined possible, but you’ll go home with contact information for several new writing buddies, a few of them who likely reside on the other side of the world. But hurry, some of the workshops are already full.

3. Attend One or All of the Many Free Events Offered by the Writers’ Program Throughout the Year: There’s a Publication Party in June, a Writers Faire in August, an open house in spring and fall, and Cyberhouse: An Online Open House in summer. All events are free and open to the public and provide a perfect opportunity to mix, mingle, and chat with a community of writing enthusiasts. You’ll even get a 10% discount when you register for classes at some Writers’ Program events.

4. Work One-On-One With a Writers’ Program Instructor: If you prefer the one-on-one approach to honing your writing, ask a Writers’ Program advisor to arrange a consultation or mentorship with an instructor selected especially with your project and your writing goals in mind.

Still not sure which approach is right for you? No problem. Just call one of our friendly advisors who will help you figure out your best option.

Why wait? Call us now at (310) 825-9415. Chae, Sara, and Daniel are standing by.

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Cindy Lieberman is the manager of the Writers’ Program. Contact her at clieberman@uclaextension.edu.

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