Success Stories

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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2022 Allegra Johnson Prize

2022 Allegra Johnson Prize

The Writers’ Program is thrilled to announce Andrea Bitunjac the winner of the 2022 Allegra Johnson Prize. The final judge panel included Writers’ Program instructors Eileen Cronin, Daniel Jaffe, and Sehba Sarwar. From our semifinalists, the panel selected Andrea...

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Success: Thuc Nguyen’s Film in Development

Success: Thuc Nguyen’s Film in Development

Former student Thuc Nguyen's Sundance Institute semifinalist script is being produced. Thuc says, "It's great to be part of a history making team. Never has there been an English language drama film directed by a Vietnamese American woman, starring a Vietnamese...

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Success: Francesca Lia Block’s New Novel

Success: Francesca Lia Block’s New Novel

Instructor Francesca Lia Block's newest novel is coming soon. She says, "House of Hearts is the book I’ve been wanting to write since the beginning of my career. It’s a fertility myth, a thriller, a murder mystery, a love story and a very personal search for self, and...

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Success: Daniel Pope’s New Story

Success: Daniel Pope’s New Story

Former student Daniel Pope's new story, "Good Neighbors," has been published as a Story of the Week in Narrative Magazine. About his experience in the Writers' Program Daniel says, "The workshop classes I took with Ben Loory and Lou Mathews at UCLA Extension were some...

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Feature Articles

NEW Courses for Fall 2022

NEW Courses for Fall 2022

It’s hard to believe we’re in the back half of 2022, or that this is the last round of classes we’ll have for the year. However, time continues to propel us all forward, and if you’re looking to dedicate time, energy, and focus to writing before the year is out now is...

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