Recent student Jamie Della is having a run of successes. Jamie notes, “Several of my writing assignments from the UCLA Extension online classes were published with the help of my instructors and fellow students’ critique. In addition, the writing and reading assignments helped fine-tune my writing skills for my latest book, The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft.” Her book will be published on October 1st.

Of her time in the Writers’ Program, Jamie says, “Three amazing teachers through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Wendy Oleson (Short Story II), Shawna Kenney (Memoir II & III) and Yelizaveta Renfro  (Personal Essay II), have forwarded my publishing career and improved my confidence as a writer. Wendy’ s class instruction helped me cut superfluous words for tighter evocative stories. Shawna’s writing assignment on scent and memory turned into a published story about how I stayed connected to my family history through my nana’s perfume. Through writing assignments in Yelizaveta’s class I discovered the courage and craftsmanship to write deeply personal stories for my most recent book.”

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Book Image reprinted with permission from The Book of Spells: The Magick of Witchcraft by Jamie Della © copyright 2019. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House

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