Success Stories

Success: Kristin Griffith Publishes Debut Memoir

Success: Kristin Griffith Publishes Debut Memoir

Former student Kristin Griffith recently published her debut memoir. “Publishing my first full-length book, Rush: Memoir of a Gay Sorority Girl, has been a dream of mine for almost 10 years and it just released on paperback and eBook versions! Taking place in college,...

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Success: Lisa Gomez Lands Agent

Success: Lisa Gomez Lands Agent

Certificate alum Lisa Gomez recently signed with literary manager Daniel Seco from Empirical Evidence. Lisa and her co-writer and twin sister Gina Gomez got signed in part because of their Vincent van Gogh biopic The Starry Night that Lisa developed throughout her...

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Success: Elle Johnson to Publish Debut Memoir

Success: Elle Johnson to Publish Debut Memoir

Longtime Writers’ Program student and TV writer Elle Johnson is about to release her first memoir. She was a finalist in the inaugural year of the Allegra Johnson Prize. After five years of dedicated study in Erika Schickel’s transformative beginning, intermediate,...

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Success: Pete Hsu’s New Chapbook

Success: Pete Hsu’s New Chapbook

Long time Writers’ Program student, Pete Hsu, recently released There Is a Man, his chapbook-length story collection with Tolsun Books. There Is a Man is an austere, bold, tender, and violent series of experimental short stories that Writers’ Program instructor Ben...

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Success: Nancy Pine Publishes Nonfiction Book

Success: Nancy Pine Publishes Nonfiction Book

Student Nancy Pine recently published her latest book, One in a Billion: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey through Modern-Day China. Nancy says, “My success came from plenty of hard work for a decade, thousands of hours of interviews, many drafts and critiques, enormous...

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Feature Articles

Instructor Interview: Mary Gulino

Instructor Interview: Mary Gulino

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Mary Gulino! Mary is teaching a section of Beginning Writing for the Half-Hour Spec I (Reg# 379243) in our Remote Instruction format, with live Zoom class meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm PT this Spring. She sat down with us to offer...

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NEW Courses for Spring 2021

NEW Courses for Spring 2021

As we approach the one-year mark since we were unexpectedly shifted, physically and mentally, to an all-online, all-remote structure for classes (and instructors and staff), we continue to look ahead to offering newly developed courses to keep up with, and anticipate,...

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You Are a Writer: Recap of PEN America Seminars

You Are a Writer: Recap of PEN America Seminars

During the month of January, our partners at PEN America hosted a series of webinars under the umbrella theme of “You Are a Writer,” with professionals in the field covering different topics of the professional development and careers as writers in various genres and...

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Writing Quotes to See You Through Uncertain Times

Writing Quotes to See You Through Uncertain Times

For current times, and any time it feels like the odds are stacked against you and your creativity, or writing goals. Does what it says on the tin, we hope. E. B. White: “I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.” Lorraine Hansberry: “Never be afraid...

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15 YA Books You Need in Your Collection

15 YA Books You Need in Your Collection

By Alexis Harmon Many avid readers will remember growing up on a steady diet of books full of magic, adventure, heartache and drama. As the years go on, the market for books geared to young adults has grown exponentially – and so has the audience. Though YA books are...

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