The Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension is introducing groundbreaking professional training courses and a Certificate in Literary Representation. The Certificate in Literary Representation is an ideal next step for MFA graduates and people who want to transition to a creative career in the publishing industry.

Los Angeles is home to a thriving grassroots publishing community growing by leaps and bounds into a respected source of notable books. LA-affiliated publishers’ books were finalists for major awards like the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Though small compared to the publishing industry in New York, LA’s presses are quintessentially twenty-first century endeavors, carving out niches in a rapidly changing commercial ecosystem. Mission-driven publishing, passion projects, and new paradigms in how books are produced, marketed, and sold drive these nimble, socially connected, and community-minded businesses.

The Certificate in Literary Representation is a structured course of study that helps students build the essential skills literary agents need to identify talent, develop manuscripts, and sell their clients’ work to editors in this professional training program. Students completing this program will be well-positioned to enter the publishing industry with practical skills and the foundation necessary for a career as a literary agent.

This unique Certificate program provides core editorial skill development and publishing industry knowledge with practical hands-on experiential opportunities through internships.

All courses can also be taken a la carte for professional development and are an asset to any professional looking to build upon their skills and learn more about the industry.

To earn the certificate, students must complete the required units and receive a grade of “C” or better in each course in order to fulfill requirements. Courses may be taken in the classroom and/or online. Students typically take one class a quarter, with an average completion time of a little over two years.

For more information, please take a look at our prospective student welcome, as well as the certificate program and benefits.


Required courses include:

  • Building a Network of Writers, Editors, and Publishers
  • Marketing and PR for Writers and Agents
  • Developmental Editing
  • Contracts, Rights, and Signing Authors

The final course is an elective, with options including Copyediting, the Business of Editing and Publishing, Freelancing for Editors, Editorial Management, an editorial or literary agent internship, and more.

Estimated Cost:
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $2,847.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $200.00
Estimated Total Cost: $3,247.00**

*This program is open admission. The Application and Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you access to a variety of program benefits.
**Cost estimates do not include incidental costs such as parking or copying fees. In some cases, books may be required.

For more information, contact:
Carrie Truong
Student Affairs Officer

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