A year ago, Victoria Denault was sitting in Francesca Lia Block’s Writing the Young Adult Novel classroom at the 2014 Writers Studio. Now she has an agent and a three-book deal with Hachette/Forever Yours. Her debut novel, One More Shot, will be out in June.

“I’d been working on a novel for a couple of years and I’d lost my motivation and confidence in the story. I needed something to keep my dream going and the Writers Studio seemed like a good fit. It turned out to be exactly what I needed. Through work-shopping and discussions with my instructor, I realized where I could improve my story. I gained confidence in my writing and learned essentials about the publishing process from both the instructor and the guest speaker. I honestly believe if it wasn’t for the focus, motivation, and confidence I gained, I would not have come as far as I have. The Writers Studio helped me successfully query an agent and become a published author.”

Congratulations, Victoria!

Working on your own dream? Spaces are still available for the 2015 Writers Studio, including Francesca Lia Block’s Writing the Young Adult Novel. For more information, contact the Writers’ Program at 310-825-9415 or at writers@uclaextension.edu.

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