Former online student Debra Ann Pawlak just published a new book, Bringing Up Oscar: The Story of the Men and Women Who Founded the Academy. The book, published in January by Pegasus, details the lives of the 36 founders of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Debra, a Michigan native, earned her Certificate in Feature Film Writing and also took several nonfiction courses, which taught her how to develop a solid book proposal and improve her writing skills.

“When I first started writing over ten years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. My instructors at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program inspired me with their professional credentials as well as their dedication to their students and craft. I can’t thank them enough for their guidance and encouragement.”

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