Online creative writing instructor liz gonzalez has been accumulating quite the accolades and we’re happy to share with the masses! For starters, liz published several poems in 2016—“Nunca Mas” in Askew Poetry Journal, “The Summer the Women Stayed Indoors” and “White Picket Fence House” in Cultural Weekly, and “Buñuelos” in the anthology The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles. Additionally, liz received a 2016 Incite / Insight Award from Arts Council for Long Beach for her work through her organization Uptown Word & Arts, which organizes free arts events, including literary readings, creative writing workshops, art exhibits, and music performances in Long Beach, CA. If that weren’t enough, an excerpt from liz’s novel-in-progress will be published on this upcoming July, and she was awarded a creative writing residency this past March at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska. liz has been teaching through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, both online and onsite, since 2001 and shares her experience with us as not only an instructor but also a student: “Being part of students’ creative writing journey is exciting. I enjoy reading their works-in-progress, seeing how they revise and develop their work as they grow as writers. In addition, I love sharing what I’ve learned from working with master writers, reading like a writer, and my own writing process. The students take some these seeds and cultivate them into their own unique voice and writing process. In addition, working with the Writers’ Program is a sublime experience. And the variety of courses offered and different instructors with solid expertise makes for an excellent learning experience.”

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