Success Stories

Success: Sandra Hamada Working for Disney Channel

Success: Sandra Hamada Working for Disney Channel

Former student Sandra Hamada is a writers’ assistant for Disney Channel’s first Latinx superhero show, Ultra Violet and Black Scorpion. Of her experience in the Writers' Program she says, “Greg Elliot gave me a strong foundation to the fundamentals of screenwriting...

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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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Feature Articles

Horror Movies Written by Women

Horror Movies Written by Women

Despite being a fiction genre that was arguably created by a woman, and having many successful female novelists building on and compounding the success of Frankenstein in her wake, as a film genre horror remains a male-dominated field. Although many strides have been...

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Embrace Your Inner Gourd

Embrace Your Inner Gourd

Now that Fall has arrived, folks like to cozy up with autumnal spices, sweaters, and other seasonal accoutrements to embrace the season. One of the most celebrated and embraced items of fall is the gourd, and besides all things pumpkin adding delicious spices and...

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Is Writing a Novel in a Month Possible?

Is Writing a Novel in a Month Possible?

Fall is here! The air is getting cooler, leaves are slowly changing, everything is pumpkin spice flavored. And with fall comes National Novel Writing Month, starting on November 1st. In past years, we’ve posted about tips for getting through the month and resources...

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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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