We here at the Writers’ Program like to keep things interesting and offer new courses as much as we can in addition to the tried and true offerings. Here’s what we have newly available to you this fall quarter, which begins September 29th!

Screenwriting Courses:

How to Write and Make Your Debut Feature Film, taught by both Dan Vining and Matthew Harrison, teaches the ins and outs of writing your own budget-friendly feature in just 12 weeks. This course may also be taken as a certificate program elective and by class end you’ll learn everything from writing to attract actors to what kind of budget is necessary to get the film made.

If writing sketch comedy is more your style, then enrolling in Writing Sketch and Short Form Comedy is definitely for you! John Crane, a new instructor who was head writer/executive producer for Madtv, teaches this class for writers of all levels interested in honing their own comedic chops in a safe, supportive and guaranteed fun environment. This course is also available as a certificate program elective.

Do you have a finished script in hand but are unsure what to do next? Pitch it! Pitching and Selling the One-Hour Drama Pilot, taught by producer/manager and former literary agent Victoria Wisdom, and the one-day workshop Perfecting the Pitch and Breaking into the Industry, taught by literary manager/producer Linne Radmin, help demystify this necessary skill in getting your script from page to production.

Creative Writing Courses

If creative writing is more your speed, we have new offerings in that as well, beginning with Short-Shorts: Writing Flash Fiction. Taught by fiction writer Marisa Matarazzo, learn the art of crafting ultra-short stories that range from 250 to 1500 words. This 10-week workshop is open to all levels.

Who says writing a novel takes a long time? In Write a Novel in 10 Weeks, taught by new instructor and seasoned novel writer Tempany Deckert, you’ll write a novel in 10 weeks flat! This fast-paced class is also for all levels of writers and offered at UCLA Extension’s downtown campus at Figueroa Courtyard.

Last but most definitely not least, enroll in the one-day workshop How to Write and Sell a Nonfiction Book Proposal taught by literary agent Betsy Amster and experienced book collaborator Leigh Ann Hirschman, and learn all necessary tools in selling a book idea off your proposal alone. Propose first, write later!

As with all Writers’ Program course offerings, advanced enrollment is required and registration is open now! If you would like to take any of the above courses, simply click on the link to be directed to an enrollment page or contact Registration at 310-825-9971. If you have any questions, as always, give us a buzz at 310-825-9415 or email us at writers@uclaextension.edu!

Carla Janas is the Assistant to the Director. Contact her directly at cjanas@uclaextension.edu or 310-267-4888.

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