Former student Judith Teitelman’s first novel, Guesthouse for Ganesha, was published earlier this week. Judith says the process, “has been 18 years in the making. Betwixt and between consulting and teaching and travel and life, I conceived, developed, wrote, rewrote, and fine-tuned this story narrated by the Hindu God Ganesha who journeys with a young Jewish woman between 1923 and 1945 in Europe, culminating in India. Success is the fact that it’s a story I’m immensely proud of and I honored the process.”
Of her time in the Writers’ Program, Judith says, “Many thanks to the wide-ranging, informative classes taught by discerning writers at UCLA Extension’s highly regarded Writers’ Program, of which I must single out Mary Yukari Waters—her ten-week course offered an in-depth overview that easily rivaled any top-notch MFA.”
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