Writers’ Program student Melissa Yancy will soon add “published author” to her list of successes! Melissa is a recipient of the 2016 NEA Literature Fellowship, and her story collection Dog Years was selected as the winner of the 2016 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. “The collection,” Melissa describes, “juxtaposes the miracles of modern medicine against the inescapable frustrations of everyday life” and will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press this month. Melissa studied short story with both online fiction instructor David Borofka and onsite fiction instructor Lou Mathews; she finds the benefits of taking WP courses have continued long after class ended: “Both of these workshops introduced me to other writers who now form an important part of my writing community and have been critical to my success.”

Congratulations, Melissa, and we wish you and Dog Years continued success!

If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Write to writers@uclaextension.edu.

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