Success Stories

Success: Denise Cruz-Castino’s Film Projects

Success: Denise Cruz-Castino’s Film Projects

Former student Denise Cruz-Castino has had multiple successes since taking classes with the Writers’ Program. Her first produced movie, 5 Weddings premiered at Cannes in 2018, starred Rajkummar Rao who starred in the Oscar nominated film The White Tiger, with co-stars...

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Success: Annie O’Neill Stein’s Debut Novel

Success: Annie O’Neill Stein’s Debut Novel

Former student Annie O’Neill Stein recently had her debut novel, started in our courses, published. Regrettably, Annie passed away a few months ago. However, her former classmate was kind enough to reach out and offer this success story and tribute to Annie’s work....

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Success: John Darbonne’s Reader Gigs

Success: John Darbonne’s Reader Gigs

John Darbonne went from student to professional script reader after just one class! John says, “After taking Barney Lichtenstein's script reader course at UCLA Extension, I was able to become a volunteer reader at the Austin Film Festival. From there, the Los Angeles...

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Success: Tamika Thompson’s Publications

Success: Tamika Thompson’s Publications

Fiction Writing Certificate alum Tamika Thompson has had a string of successes since graduating. Of her achievements Tamika says, “Since completing the program, I have had several stories published, some of which I workshopped in class with Stephen Cooper and Reyna...

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Success: Monica Furman’s Script Placement

Success: Monica Furman’s Script Placement

Current TV Writing Certificate student Monica Furman recently had another script she's worked on in our classes receive a competition placement. Monica says, "My workplace comedy, Please Hold, was recently named an Honorable Mention in Barnstorm Media's BOLT...

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Success: Tana Douglas’ Debut Memoir

Success: Tana Douglas’ Debut Memoir

Certificate student Tana Douglas’s debut memoir, LOUD, releases in the US on 9/20. Tana says, “Success is such a personal thing. I was happy with the completion of LOUD and heralded that a success, but to now be in a position where my book has been published in...

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Success: Ron Dowell’s Poetry Collection

Success: Ron Dowell’s Poetry Collection

Certificate alum Ron Dowell recently published a poetry collection, Watts UpRise. Ron says of the work, “Mention ‘California,’ and most people think of sun-kissed beaches, star-studded glamour, and Hollywood success or the Silicon Valley. However, the poems and prose...

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Feature Articles

Reasons Fall is a Great Season to Write

Reasons Fall is a Great Season to Write

One can find reasons to make any time of year a good time to write, just as one can make reasons for any time of year to be a bad time to write. A change in seasons is generally a good time to shift perspective, on life and on creative projects. Here’s a few reasons...

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Instructor Interview: Christine Shin

Instructor Interview: Christine Shin

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Christine Shin! Christine is one of three new instructors teaching Feature Film I (Reg# 387923) this Fall. Christine is teaching in our Remote online format on Thursdays, 7-10pm PT starting September 29. She sat down with us to...

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Instructor Interview: Heather Scott Partington

Instructor Interview: Heather Scott Partington

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Heather Scott Partington! Heather is teaching Writing the Review (Reg# 388537) in our asynchronous, deadline-driven online format starting Wednesday, September 28 this Fall. She sat down with us to offer some insight into...

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