Success Stories

Success: Lara Shea Publishes Debut Novel

Success: Lara Shea Publishes Debut Novel

Former Writers’ Program student Lara Shea's debut novel Mom's Night Out was self-published in November of 2018.  It is the story of helicopter parent, Kelly Birkby, whose overactive imagination keeps her constantly on guard against threats to her young family--killer...

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Success: Johan Ingler Signs with Swedish Agency

Success: Johan Ingler Signs with Swedish Agency

Former student Johan Ingler, winner of the 2016 UCLA Extension Feature Film Screenwriting Competition, has signed with the Grand Agency in Stockholm. He says, ”I’m very happy to be represented by Grand Agency, where I feel like I’m in good hands for the next steps of...

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Success: Sheryl Recinos Publishes Memoir

Success: Sheryl Recinos Publishes Memoir

Current student Sheryl Recinos published her memoir, Hindsight: Coming of age on the streets of Hollywood, in October 2018. Speaking of her experience writing and self-publishing the book, Sheryl says, “Writing my memoir finally put the horrors of my childhood into...

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Success: Gary Dickson’s Publishing Successes

Success: Gary Dickson’s Publishing Successes

Fiction Certificate Student Gary Dickson recently published An Improbable Pairing, a historical romance novel that chronicles the enduring themes of a young man’s coming of age and the rebellious love of the mismatched. He will also have a book of French poetry...

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Feature Articles

Instructor Interview: Koji Sakai

Instructor Interview: Koji Sakai

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Koji Sakai! Koji is teaching an onsite section of Writing the First Screenplay I (Downtown LA, Reg# 366683) this Spring, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and his upcoming course. What sparks your...

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Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceForBetter, and while that is mainly applicable to finding balance for all genders, it’s also a good reminder to find balance in life. So we came up with a few ideas of things you can do to bring more...

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Instructor Interview: Robin Finn

Instructor Interview: Robin Finn

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor, and former student, Robin Finn! She is teaching an onsite section of Novel I (reg# 366575) this Spring, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. What sparks your creativity? Play....

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Welcome New WP Staffer, Carrie Truong!

Welcome New WP Staffer, Carrie Truong!

The Writers’ Program is thrilled to add a Student Affairs Officer to our team! Carrie started a couple weeks ago (some of you may have seen her the final day of the Writers Studio), and will be our first line of contact for the majority of students, guiding them...

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Instructor Interview: Valerie Brandy

Instructor Interview: Valerie Brandy

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Valerie Brandy! She is teaching an online section of Writing the First Screenplay I (Reg# 366685) this Spring, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. What sparks your creativity?...

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2019 Writers Studio Recap

2019 Writers Studio Recap

This past week, we held our annual Writers Studio, a four day intensive where students from around the world come to learn, write, and engage with each other. This year we had over a hundred and twenty students in eleven classes gathered together. Here’s a visual...

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