Longtime Writers’ Program student Sheila Sobel’s debut YA novel Color Blind won the 2017 Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award for Best YA Fiction and was a finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA Fiction. She was also a nominee for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Of her experience with the Writers’ Program, Shelia says, “The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program course that started it all for me was Laurel Van der Linde‘s “Touring Wonderland.” This class provided me with the opportunity to explore writing for every genre within the youth market from Picture Book to Young Adult and to discover which of those genres would set me on my path to being a published author.”
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