Former student Aurora Lewis recently had a landmark achievement in publishing her first poetry collection.

She says of the journey and her experience in the Writers’ program,  “While attending UCLA’s Creative Writing Program-General Studies, I was in my late fifties and graduated with Honors in 2009. Since then, almost 200 pieces of my work have been published, including several in 2022. The UCLA Extension Creative Writing Program was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my pursuit of being a published writer. It took me several years to have the courage to self-publish my first book at age 71, Jazz Poems, Reflections On a Broken Heart. I continue to take online essay and memoir classes with Sonja Livingston who was one of my instructors. I am currently working on a collection of memoir poems and essays with intentions to self-publishing it this year.”

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