As we continue navigating this world of virtual learning that we first emerged in early 2020, we are excited to announce that our 2022 Writers Studio will be held virtually again. 

Our Writers Studio has always been an incredible opportunity for our students to hone their craft as writers, as our instructors help guide them along their writing journeys – regardless of what stage they’re currently inHowever last year, we saw a significant increase in enrollment of students located outside of the Los Angeles area, and were honored to have reached so many new creatives with our Home-Edition format. The UCLA Extension family is growing, and we’re thrilled to welcome you all in being a part of it.  

There are many aspects of the Writers Studio that will remain the same, such as: 

  • Intimate class sizes ensuring students & instructors are able to experience a quality learning environment 
  • Opening and closing ‘receptions’ for students to interact and connect with one another 
  • Live class time to learn, discuss, and workshop ideas and writing 
  • Time to write and work on individual projects throughout the event 

 

Here’s what a few of our instructors have to say about their experience with the virtual classroom in last year’s Writers Studio. 

My fav part of the virtual environment is that anyone from anywhere can take this class. I had people from all over the country and the world last year and it made things more dynamic and fun with some many different experiences and points of view! – Koji Steven Sakai 

What I love about the virtual Studio is that despite what people may feel about Zoom in their new “normal,” four days of intensive collaboration, writing, and instruction are actually in some respects far easier to facilitate over Zoom. When students work from the comfort of their homes/offices, the breaks are more restful and down time more productive. While the in-person Studio experience is exciting, without a commute/parking or the need to dress and prepare for the course before/after class meetings, I found the time we shared on Zoom more effective, efficient, and allowed for more agile curriculum planning. Last year, I was able to add lessons and supplementary materials as needed while the issue was fresh in our minds because I had my entire library and full inventory of handouts and worksheets right at my fingertips! – Jeanne De Vita 

The virtual format made it easier for guest speakers to attend the studio to share their experience with students. It allows not only people from around the world to attend, but also those who might have obligations such as children or other circumstances which may not allow them to be in person. [Additionally} The Showrunners Bootcamp gives students an intense and energized experience covering a wide range of skills and knowledge needed to become a television or streaming series showrunner. – Cynthia Hsiung 

Tembi Locke

In addition to our notable class instructors, we are beyond thrilled to announce writer, producer, actor, and human rights advocate Tembi Locke as our featured Plenary Session speaker. Tembi is a Creative Nonfiction Certificate alumna of the Writers’ Program and we are so proud of everything she’s accomplished since the publication of her memoir, From Scratch, which she worked on during her time in the program. Not only was it a bestseller, but it will also be a miniseries which Tembi scripted. In addition, Tembi will be the co-showrunner for the upcoming series Waiting to Exhale.

The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program will be virtually hosting this part class/part conference event from February 24-27, 2022. We encourage you to visit here https://www.uclaextension.edu/writers-studio for more information on this year’s studio and how to register. Please contact us at writers@uclaextension.edu if you come across any questions or concerns. We look forward to your attendance! 

 

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