For me, the holidays mean a flight back to the colder parts of the country, complete with making new TSA friends, fielding relatives’ questions about Nicole Richie’s Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf habits, and forcing myself not to drive like a Floridian through snow storms. The lead-up to these trips is spent searching the back of closets for long-forgotten hats and gloves, reacquainting myself with the fact that wet things will constantly be falling on me, and searching for local gifts. Speaking of which, I have some great ideas for my fellow last-minute shoppers. But first, an announcement:

UCLA Extension will be closed Monday, December 20, 2010 through Sunday, January 2, 2011. During the closure, enrollments can be made online at We will be back, fresh from our break, to answer any questions you have about courses or registration on January 3rd.

In the meantime, here is a list of links that may be helpful in our absence:

– The winter 2011 Writers’ Program catalog PDF, a full listing of our winter 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 2011 Writers’ Studio brochure (February 10-13, 2011)

Financial Aid information

Parking Information

And now on to the presents. What better way to recognize the talent of a friend or family member than with a Writers’ Program class?

Some of our winter quarter courses are still open, including onsite creative writing courses like Introduction to Fiction Writing, and our twelve-week courses Creative Writing: Poetry and Creative Writing: Drama, both of which are available for UCLA transfer credit.

Prefer to study online? We’ve got three exciting new courses for you to explore — Writing the Long Story: Intermediate Workshop, Writing the Fine Line of Trauma: Short Fiction Workshop, and Mystical Prose.

Looking for the right gift for budding screenwriters? Help them achieve their goals in the New Year with the online courses Crafting the Thriller or Writing the Character-Driven Screenplay.

And don’t forget about our Writers’ Studio courses, many of which are still open, including Creating the Half-Hour Comedy Pilot with instructors Julie and David Chambers and Writing the Personal Essay with Outstanding Instructor Award-winning Barbara Abercrombie.

We also have several one day and weekend courses, ranging from Quick-Start Your Career in Children’s Writing to The Legal and Business Aspects of Writing for Film and Television. Did I mention we’ve got something for everyone!

So dig out your cold weather gear if you need to, enjoy yourself this holiday season, and don’t forget to enroll so you can get right back to your writing in the New Year. We look forward to speaking with you on the 3rd!

Kate Sipples is the Program Assistant for Creative Writing (Onsite). Follow her writing adventures at

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