Success Stories

Success: Brenda Smith’s Latest Novel

Success: Brenda Smith’s Latest Novel

Writers’ Program alum Brenda Marie Smith announces the publication of her third novel, If the Light Escapes, an apocalyptic science-fiction thriller, and a standalone sequel to the award-winning If Darkness Takes Us. Set in current day Austin, Texas, the novels are...

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Success: Lauren Childs’ Essay in Entropy

Success: Lauren Childs’ Essay in Entropy

Former student Lauren Childs recently had an essay published in Entropy. She says of the experience, "Having an essay published in Entropy has been an exciting step in my creative process. I continue to see how when my writing first finds resonance within myself, it's...

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Success: Kate Ward Myles Debut Novel

Success: Kate Ward Myles Debut Novel

Former student Kate Ward Myles recently released her first novel. She says of the experience, “My debut novel, The Receptionist, grew out of a piece I’d worked on in Stephen Cooper’s short story class. I kept trying to rework it after the class ended and eventually...

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Success: Instructor Tom Pinchuk’s Graphic Novel

Success: Instructor Tom Pinchuk’s Graphic Novel

Instructor Tom Pinchuk recently developed a graphic novel. He says of the process, “I've created an original graphic novel, Remember Andy Xenon?, at the new comics outfit, Zoop. It follows a kid superhero who suddenly lost his powers at 18 and had to learn how to just...

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Success: Stephanie Bast Wins Best Comedy Script

Success: Stephanie Bast Wins Best Comedy Script

Former student Stephanie Bast and first-time writer took home Best Comedy for Creative Screenwriter’s Unique Voices Pilot Competition and has advanced to the 2nd Round of LaunchPad. Of the experience and her time in the Writers’ Program, she says, “I felt foolish...

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Feature Articles

Instructor Interview: Ryan Smernoff

Instructor Interview: Ryan Smernoff

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Ryan Smernoff! Ryan is teaching TWO sections of Copyediting I (Reg# 382370 & 382371) in our Remote Instruction format, with live Zoom class meetings on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 7pm PT this Fall. He sat down with us to offer...

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Instructor Interview: Brian Cunningham

Instructor Interview: Brian Cunningham

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Brian Cunningham! Brian is teaching a NEW course Comics and Graphic Novels I (Reg# 382702) in our Remote Instruction format, with live Zoom class meetings on Saturdays at 10am PT this Fall. He sat down with us to offer some...

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Instructor Interview: Matt Corman

Instructor Interview: Matt Corman

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Matt Corman! Matt is teaching a section of One-Hour TV III (Reg# 382988) in our Remote Instruction format, with live Zoom class meetings on Thursdays at 7pm PT this Fall. He sat down with us to offer some insight into creative...

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NEW Courses for Fall 2021

NEW Courses for Fall 2021

There are many changes taking place this Fall, in the Writers’ Program, at UCLA, and in the world. However, one change that always gets us excited is NEW course offerings for the quarter. As the Writers’ Program continues offering courses completely virtual this term,...

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Instructor Interview: Tonya Cannon

Instructor Interview: Tonya Cannon

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Tonya Cannon! Tonya is teaching a section of Feature Film I (Reg# 382795) in our Remote Instruction format, with live Zoom class meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm PT this Fall. She sat down with us to offer some insight into creative...

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