The Writers’ Program is proud to count among its numerous success stories the following writers. Will this be the year we add you to our list? For information about our courses, competitions, certificates, consultations, mentorships, and free events, call 310/825-9415 or write to us at

Allison Abner, screenwriter, Hawaii Five-O, Without a Trace, The West Wing
Noel Alumit, novelist, Letters to Montgomery Clift, Talking to the Moon
Carol Barbee, screenwriter, Judging Amy, Close to Home
Stuart Beattie, screenwriter, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra; Australia; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; 30 Days of Night; Collateral
Karen Bender, novelist, Like Normal People
Michelle Bitting, poet, Good Friday Kiss, Notes to the Beloved
Rick Bursky, poet, The Soup of Something Missing, The Invention of Fiction
Julie Buxbaum, novelist, After You, The Opposite of Love
Ellen Byron, screenwriter, Just Shoot Me, Wings, It’s All Relative
Mike Cahill, screenwriter, King of California
Cheryl Cain, screenwriter, Roswell, Firefly
Hillary Carlip, author, Queen of the Oddballs and Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan; Á la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers
Tucker Cawley, screenwriter, Everybody Loves Raymond, Parks and Recreation, Up All Night
Pauline W. Chen, memoirist, Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflection on Mortality
Zoanne Clack, screenwriter, Grey’s Anatomy
Melissa Clark, author of Swimming Upstream, Slowly
Hannah Dennison, novelist, three-book deal with Berkley Prime Crime
Eric Jerome Dickey, novelist, Dying for Revenge
Harriet Doerr, novelist, Stones for Ibarra
Samantha Dunn, novelist and memoirist, Failing Paris; Not By Accident
Lee Eisenberg, screenwriter, The Office, Bad Teacher, Year One
Doug Ellin, screenwriter, Entourage
María Amparo Escandón, novelist, Esperanza’s Box of Saints; screenwriter, Santitos
Jerrilyn Farmer, novelist, Madeline Bean series
Hugh Fink, screenwriter, Saturday Night Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Janet Fitch, novelist, White Oleander (Oprah Pick), and Paint it Black
Ruth Francisco, novelist, The Secret Memoirs of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis: A Novel
James Franco, short fiction writer, Palo Alto Stories
Cristina Garcia, novelist, Dreaming in Cuban
Jim Gavin, short fiction writer and novelist, The New Yorker; Middle Men: Short Stories; The Golden Age of Chrome and Nicotine: A Novel
Tod Goldberg, short fiction writer and novelist, Other Resort Cities, Living Dead Girl (Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist)
Al Gough, screenwriter, Spider-Man 2; The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor; Shanghai Noon; Smallville; Herbie Fully Loaded
Sue Grafton, mystery novelist and creator of the Kinsey Millhone series
Drew Z. Greenberg, screenwriter, Dexter, Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Alice Greenway, novelist, White Ghost Girls (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction)
David Griffiths, screenwriter, The Hunted, Collateral Damage
Peter Griffiths, screenwriter, The Hunted, Collateral Damage
Jean Harfenist, novelist, A Brief History of the Flood
Carol Heikkinen, screenwriter, Center Stage
Monica Holloway, memoirist, Cowboy & Wills, Driving with Dead People
Gavin Hood, screenwriter-director, Tsotsi (Academy Award winner, Best Foreign Film)
Tara Ison, novelist, A Child Out of Alcatraz (Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist), The List
Dana Johnson, fiction writer, Break Any Woman Down; Elsewhere, California
Mark Steven Johnson, screenwriter, Grumpy Old Men, Ghost Rider
Alexa Junge, screenwriter, The West Wing, Friends, Sex and the City
James Kirkwood, novelist and Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright, A Chorus Line, There Must Be a Pony!
Harley Jane Kozak, mystery novelist, A Date You Can’t Refuse, Dead Ex, Dating Is Murder
Chad Kultgen, novelist, Men, Women & Children: A Novel; The Lie; The Average American Male
Laila Lalami, short fiction writer and novelist, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son Robyn Leff, short fiction writer, The Atlantic
Miles Millar, screenwriter, Spider-Man 2; The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor; Shanghai Noon; Smallville; Herbie Fully Loaded
Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum, novelist, A Day of Small Beginnings
Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter, Twilight, Dexter
Elyn R. Saks, memoirist, The Center Cannot Hold
Eduardo Santiago, novelist, Tomorrow They Will Kiss
David Self, screenwriter, The Wolfman, 13 Days, The Haunting
Deirdre Shaw, novelist, Love or Something Like It
Randi Mayem Singer, screenwriter, Mrs. Doubtfire
Steve Stockman, screenwriter, Two Weeks
Earl W. Wallace, screenwriter, Witness (Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay)
Joseph Wambaugh, fiction and nonfiction writer, The Onion Field; Fire Lover: A True Story
Mary Yukari Waters, short fiction writer, The Laws of Evening
Bernie Weinraub, playwright, The Accomplices
Kevin Williamson, screenwriter, Scream, Dawson’s Creek
Steven Wolfson, playwright, Trojan Women
Joyce Lee Wong, young adult novelist, Seeing Emily
Iris Yamashita, screenwriter, Letters from Iwo Jima (Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay)

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