Success Stories

Success: Elaine Kim’s Self-Publishing Book

Success: Elaine Kim’s Self-Publishing Book

Former student Elaine Kim has gone the extra mile in her writing journey, not only writing and self-publishing her own book, but creating a book to help others self-publish. Elaine says, “For me, writing a book was just the beginning of the journey; turning that...

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Success: Kathleen Woods’ Debut Book

Success: Kathleen Woods’ Debut Book

UCLA alumna (BA, English) and freelance copywriter Kathleen Guthrie Woods wanted to learn something new when she signed up for Barbara Abercrombie's Personal Essay class through the Writers' Program. She figured she'd have fun stretching her creative muscles and...

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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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Feature Articles

Writers Studio At Home: 2022 Edition

Writers Studio At Home: 2022 Edition

As we continue navigating this world of virtual learning that we first emerged in early 2020, we are excited to announce that our 2022 Writers Studio will be held virtually again.  Our Writers Studio has always been an incredible opportunity for our students to hone...

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Instructor Interview: Gail Gilchriest

Instructor Interview: Gail Gilchriest

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Gail Gilchriest! Gail is teaching a section of One-Hour TV I (Reg# 384231) in our Remote Instruction format, with live Zoom class meetings on Tuesdays at 7pm PT this Winter. She sat down with us to offer some insight into...

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NEW Courses for Winter 2022

NEW Courses for Winter 2022

2022 is fast approaching and we’ve got several exciting announcements: First, in-person instruction is returning! While most of our classes remain online (either in our deadline-driven asynchronous format, or with live weekly Zoom sessions), we have a handful of...

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Instructor Interview: Brittany Ackerman

Instructor Interview: Brittany Ackerman

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Brittany Ackerman! Brittany is teaching a section of Personal Essay I (Reg# 383987) in person on the UCLA campus, Wednesdays at 7pm PT this Winter. She sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming...

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Lou Mathews and Jim Gavin in Conversation

Lou Mathews and Jim Gavin in Conversation

UCLA Extension instructor Lou Mathews and Writers’ Program Alumni Jim Gavin sat down with Aug Stone on the Etcetera podcast to share a few gems about writing – and how they became acquainted.  How did you two meet?  Jim: I think it was September or October of 2005. At...

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Spooky Staff Picks

Spooky Staff Picks

As we creep closer to the end of October, many folks start planning their seasonal views and reads, but choosing a favorite, or finding something new can be overwhelming. Whether you lean toward traditional thrills, contemporary chills, or scare-light spoopyness, the...

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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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