This time of year it can feel like everyone is on vacation, relaxing somewhere tropical, sipping a beverage out of a coconut. But at the Writers’ Program we are in full gear, offering nearly 100 courses online and onsite, and helping our students achieve their writing goals one class at a time. So don’t let the heat slow you down—grab your notebook, find some shade, and let the sights, sounds, and smells of summer inspire you to write, write, and write some more. Whether you want to study in person or beachside, these four courses will help you reach your summer writing goals and then some.

For those just getting started, The Essential Beginnings: An Introductory Creative Writing Workshop (Online) is a great jumping off point. In this 6-week workshop, poet, memoirist, and fiction writer liz gonzalez will teach you fundamental writing techniques like how to write from different points of view, construct dialogue, and develop characters. It’s perfect for anyone looking to dip their toes in.

Ready to write your own Madeline? If you want to write picture books, concept books, early readers, chapter books, or novels for young adults, Writing for Children: A Beginning Workshop is the place to start. Picture book author Michelle Markel will guide you to complete a draft of your picture book (or chapter and outline of a work for older readers) in just 6 short weeks.

For the screenwriters out there, we have Writing the First Screenplay IV (Online), perfect for those ready to finish a first feature film script. Taught by Ronald Raley, this 10-week class will help you reach FADE OUT and beyond, with discussions about revision and the business of screenwriting.

And speaking of “the business,” don’t miss longtime Writers’ Program instructor Deborah Dean DavisSelling Yourself and Your Work: The Business of Being a Screenwriter. In this one-Saturday workshop, Deborah will show you how to live happily as a screenwriter, pitch your work, and market yourself. She will also bring in high-level industry executives including writers, executive producers, and studio and agency heads.

None of the above quite right for you? Not to worry! Our advisors are here five days a week to help you find the perfect course to guide you on your writing journey. Call us at 310-825-9415, or shoot us an email at writers@uclaextension.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!

Katy Flaherty is the Program Representative for Creative Writing (Onsite). Write to her at kflaherty@uclaextension.edu.

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