Success Stories

Success: Joseph Dabby’s Debut Memoir

Success: Joseph Dabby’s Debut Memoir

Former student Joseph Dabby recently published his memoir. He says of the experience, “My book No Looking Back was published recently. It's a memoir about my growing up as a Jew in Iraq, my childhood, adolescence, imprisonment, marriage to my sweetheart, and our...

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Success: Stephanie Bast’s Multiple Placements

Success: Stephanie Bast’s Multiple Placements

Current screenwriting student Stephanie Bast has had success with two of her scripts in competitions recently. Stephanie continues to have success with her script, FrankenFamily, while her new script Wash Your Birdie: 101 Things That Can Crawl up Your Vagina and Kill...

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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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Feature Articles

Success: Instructor Matt Witten’s New Novel

Success: Instructor Matt Witten’s New Novel

Screenwriting instructor Matt Witten recently had a new novel published. Matt says, "My thriller Killer Story came out this month from Oceanview Publishing. Killer Story is inspired by all the true-crime podcasts I love listening to during my commutes to UCLA. It's...

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2022 Year in Review

2022 Year in Review

As another year nears its end, the Writers’ Program reflects on how the world, and our program continue evolving. We know this continues to be a difficult time for many, and for others they have experienced personal and professional growth this past year that deserves...

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NEW Courses for Winter 2023

NEW Courses for Winter 2023

We’re constantly looking ahead in our program given the nature of course planning, but it still comes as a shock when another year’s end approaches. We’ve had another successful year with many, many changes (more on that in our next blog post). As we look to 2023 and...

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Instructor Interview: Lin Oliver

Instructor Interview: Lin Oliver

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Lin Oliver! Lin is teaching a new course, Writing Humor for Young Readers (Reg# 389704) this Winter. Lin is teaching in person near UCLA on Tuesdays, 7-10pm PT starting January 17. She sat down with us to offer some insight into...

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Holiday Gifts for Writers

Holiday Gifts for Writers

Most folks know that writers are suckers for books, pens, and notebooks (oh, the notebooks). And gift cards to local bookstores or coffee shops to fuel those writing sprees are also nice. But what else can you get a writer during the holidays (or anytime)? We asked...

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