We are so excited to announce that Mae Respicio, former Writers’ Program student and staff member, has her debut middle grade novel coming out next year! The House That Lou Built will be published by Wendy Lamb Books at Penguin Random House in 2018. It’s a heartfelt coming-of-age about a 12 year-old girl who sets out to build her own tiny house so she can escape her crowded home. Mae reflected on her experience taking classes with the WP: “My writing would be nowhere without the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program! I’m grateful for the guidance of instructors like Eve La Salle Caram, Lisa Medway, online instructor Jessica Barksdale Inclan and the late Les Plesko—all of whom helped me dig deep into different aspects of craft with their thoughtful teaching, encouragement and motivation.”

Congratulations, Mae! We could not be more proud of you!

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