Do you like festivals? Books? Famous authors and celebrities? How about cooking demos, live music, and people watching?

If you answered yes to the above, then there’s an event you must check out—the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 20 and 21! Held on the USC campus, there’s no charge for admission and every man, woman, and child within the Los Angeles vicinity is guaranteed to find something enjoyable—whether it’s Brian Boitano’s cooking demo based on his book What Would Brian Boitano Make?, or Disney Junior’s Choo-Choo Soul musical act, or an interview with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. (I personally can’t wait for Carol Burnett to be interviewed by L.A. Times television critic Mary McNamara, and actor Hector Elizondo in a storytime for kids!)

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a real party without UCLA Extension Writers’ Program representing! Here’s a list of Writers’ Program instructors and former students to check out while you’re there:

Saturday, April 20th

11:00 am, YA Stage—Instructor Ellis Weiner joins the panel “Middle Grade Fiction: Tweens On The Loose”

11:00 am, Seeley G. Mudd 123—Former student Janet Fitch joins the panel “Fiction: Cultural Coming of Age”

12:00 pm, Seeley G. Mudd 124—Former student Marisa Silver joins the panel “Fiction: The Social Novel”

12:00 pm, Andrus Gerontology Center—Instructor Amy Wallen moderates the panel “Fiction: Dysfunction Junction”

2:00 pm, Taper Hall 201—Instructor Samantha Dunn moderates the panel “Memoir: Close to the Bone”

3:30 pm, Taper Hall 201—former student/current instructor Reyna Grande and former student Melinda Palacio join the panel “Writing American Identity”

4:30 pm, Andrus Gerontology Center—Former student and instructor Rachel Resnick moderates the panel “Fiction: The Family You Choose”

4:30 pm, Taper Hall 101—Instructor Leslie Schwartz moderates “Fiction: The Ties that Bind”

5:00 pm, Salvatori Computer Science Center 101—Instructor Michelle Meyering moderates the panel “Publishing: Fresh Blood”

Sunday, April 21st

11:00 am, Seeley G. Mudd 124—Instructor Francesca Lia Block joins the panel “Fantastical Visions”

12:00 pm, Salvatori Computer Science Center 101—Instructor Antoine Wilson joins the panel “Fiction: Novel Narrators” and instructor Edan Lepucki moderates.

1:30 pm, Taper Hall 201—Former student and new instructor Jim Gavin joins the panel “The Art of the Short Story”

3:00 pm, Seeley G. Mudd 123—Former student Laila Lalami joins the panel “Fiction: Unheard Stories”

Be sure to stop by the Writers’ Program booth (#52) as we’d love to see you! Our staff will be there in full force to answer any questions you might have on our course offerings, certificate programs, mentorships, and consultations services. We’ll also have some fun freebies (while supplies last!) and information about the soon to be released Writers’ Program books Cut to the Chase and Inside the Room (for those of you more interested in feature film and television writing)!

For more information on the event including directions, parking info and a full schedule, please visit the Festival of Books webpage at

We hope to see you there!

Carla Janas is the Assistant to the Director. Write to her at

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