Success Stories

Success: Chris Prangley’s Debut Nonfiction Book

Success: Chris Prangley’s Debut Nonfiction Book

Former student Chris Prangley's first non-fiction book, The Tech Sales Warrior, has been a number one bestseller in multiple categories on Amazon. Regarding his experience in the Writers’ Program, Chris, “Credits UCLA Extension's creative writing program as an awesome...

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Success: Mary-Alice Wins Yale Poetry Prize

Success: Mary-Alice Wins Yale Poetry Prize

Former student Mary-Alice Daniel was recently awarded a huge honor. She tells us, "My first full-length collection of poems was selected as the winner of the 2022 Yale Younger Poets Prize, the longest-running poetry prize in the United States. Mass for Shut-Ins will...

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Success: Zac Hersh Starts Production Company

Success: Zac Hersh Starts Production Company

Former screenwriting and Entertainment Studies student Zac Hersh has branched beyond writing to starting his own production company, producing his own films. His newest, Follower, is available on streaming. Of his experience at UCLA Extension, Zac says, "The two main...

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Success: Ruthie Marlenée’s New Novel

Success: Ruthie Marlenée’s New Novel

Certificate alum Ruthie Marlenée's newest novel, Agave Blues, was recently published. Ruthie says, "Agave Blues originated as a screenplay that was accepted into Victoria Wisdom's Advanced Screenwriting class at UCLA Extension back in 2008. From there it won awards at...

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Success: Gina Sorell’s New Novel

Success: Gina Sorell’s New Novel

Gina Sorell is a graduate with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Publishers Weekly called her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers “mesmerizing,” Good Housekeeping called it “riveting,” and it was one of Self and Refinery29’s best books of 2017....

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Success: Sarah Amar’s Development Internship

Success: Sarah Amar’s Development Internship

Recent student Sarah Amar has landed an internship! She says, "I'm delighted to share that I've recently begun a development internship with Maven Screen Media." Of her experience in the Writers' Program, Sarah says, "As a working mother building a new career in film...

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Feature Articles

Listen for Inspiration

Listen for Inspiration

Environment can play a large role in setting yourself up for productive writing. While in working toward being a professional writer it can be beneficial to be adaptable to varied writing conditions, knowing your ideal environment for being creative, and productive,...

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Instructor Interview: Chris Atwood

Instructor Interview: Chris Atwood

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Chris Atwood! Chris is teaching a section of Half-Hour TV I (reg# 386853) in our Remote Classroom format with weekly meetings on Zoom, starting Tuesday, July 5 this Summer. He sat down with us to offer some insight into creative...

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NEW Courses for Summer 2022

NEW Courses for Summer 2022

Summer is often a time for rest and rejuvenation. However, UCLA Extension offers classes year-round to help you improve skills, craft, and achieve personal and professional goals. Our new classes for Summer include a lot of one-day seminars and shorter term virtual...

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Tips for an At Home Writing Retreat

Tips for an At Home Writing Retreat

With spring here and summer just around the bend, many folks yearn to take to the road (or the skies, or the tracks) and get away for a bit. However, not everyone can afford the time, money, or effort to travel – whether for leisure or, for writers, a little creative...

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Welcome New WP Work Studies

Welcome New WP Work Studies

Welcome New WP Work Studies Work studies are an integral part of the Writers’ Program team. They provide a lot of program support by assisting staff with various administrative, event, and social media tasks. We’re excited to introduce our newest work studies...

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Instructor Interview: Sam Cohen

Instructor Interview: Sam Cohen

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Sam Cohen! Sam is teaching a section of Short Story I (reg# 385461) in our Remote Classroom format with weekly meetings on Zoom, starting Tuesday, April 5 this Spring. She sat down with us to offer some insight into creative...

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Instructor Interview: Kate Gale

Instructor Interview: Kate Gale

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Kate Gale! Kate is teaching Editorial Management II: Publication and Beyond (reg# 386108) in our Remote Classroom format with weekly meetings on Zoom, starting Tuesday, April 5 this Spring. She sat down with us to offer some...

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