Summer is officially here, and Summer quarter is underway. As the world continues changing and everyone copes with ever-evolving challenges, we don’t want you to feel like missing the official quarter start date means you have to miss out on opportunities to work on your writing this summer. Below are a few highlighted courses and events on offer that start next month and beyond.

We’re hosting our first ever virtual Open House on August 4th, just in time for the opening of Fall registration. We’ll have a prerecorded info session as well as live breakout rooms to chat directly with program advisors. Everyone who attends gets the chance to enter a drawing for a FREE ten-week course, AND we’ll be officially unveiling an exciting new program offering to the public.

Creative Writing Courses

Spoken Word Intensive with Rachel Kann (Reg# 373825)
Spoken word doesn’t just mean poetry. Writers across genres including fiction, nonfiction, essay, screenwriting, playwriting, podcasts, and even publishing (you have to be confident in pitching!) require you to be bold and confident in your speech. This inclusive, supportive two-weekend workshop will help you build a toolbox of tips and experience in delivering your writing aurally.
Starts 7/25 – Saturday, Sunday 9am-5pm PT – Remote Instruction

Writing the Young Adult Novel: One Day Workshop with Lilliam Rivera (Reg# 373700)
If you’re interested in YA novel writing but are reluctant to commit to a ten week course, this is the appetizer for you! Dive into the young adult novel in this intensive one-day course including exercises, discussions of successful novels, and an opportunity to develop a first chapter.
Saturday 8/15, 9am-5pm PT – Remote Instruction

YA Symposium

The Young and the Reckless: Writing for Teens brings together some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers in writing for young adults. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn from today’s most exciting YA writers in a convenient virtual conference of prerecorded lectures and panels. Attendees will have access to an exclusive Q&A message board featuring some of the speakers and panelists for a week following the daylong conference.
This year’s featured writers include: Lilliam Rivera, Cecil Castellucci, Charlie Craig, Henry Lien, Cindy Lin, Aminah Mae Safi, Karol Ruth Silverstein, Sherri L. Smith, Amy Spalding, and Lee Wind.
Saturday 8/29 – materials & message boards accessible through September 5th

Screenwriting Courses

Writing the First Screenplay in a Month: The Outline with Diane Drake (Reg# 374204)
The feature counterpart to our TV Pilot/Spec Script Writing in a Month courses, this time-condensed class is great for beginners and experienced writers alike looking to get a handle on the basics of screenwriting and create the outline for their script. Similar to Writing the First Screenplay I, but with an eye toward more independent learning and practice between two weekends of intensive instruction.
Starts 7/11 – Saturday, Sunday 9am-5pm PT – Remote Instruction

The WP staff continues to work remotely, but we’re still available to assist you in selecting courses via email (best) and phone (preferably through appointments). Also, please be sure to keep checking the official UCLA Extension page for updates on how the school is handling COVID-19, and also find helpful resources.


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