Success Stories

Success: Thuc Nguyen Makes Sundance Second Round

Success: Thuc Nguyen Makes Sundance Second Round

Former student Thuc Nguyen is currently in Round 2 The Sundance Institute Development Labs with a drama feature with a Vietnamese-American woman lead. She’s also a finalist in the InnovAsian screenwriting contest with a comedy: #MindyWuTranVersusSiliconBeach. Of her...

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Success: Jamie Della to Publish New Book

Success: Jamie Della to Publish New Book

Recent student Jamie Della is having a run of successes. Jamie notes, “Several of my writing assignments from the UCLA Extension online classes were published with the help of my instructors and fellow students’ critique. In addition, the writing and reading...

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Success: Daniel Pope’s Short Story Published

Success: Daniel Pope’s Short Story Published

Current student Daniel Pope's short story "Making a Difference" was recently published in Narrative Magazine. Of his experience in the Writers’ Program classes, Daniel says, “Ben Loory and Lou Mathews brought clarity and discernment to the study of craft in a way that...

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Success: Cindy Lin Publishes Debut Novel

Success: Cindy Lin Publishes Debut Novel

Former student Cindy Lin’s debut novel, The Twelve, was published last month. It is the first in a new fantasy adventure series by Harper Collins Children’s Books, and is a Junior Library Guild selection and recently made the SoCal Indie Bestseller List. Cindy is...

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Feature Articles

Instructor Interview: Colin Costello

Instructor Interview: Colin Costello

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Colin Costello! Colin is teaching a section of Writing the First Screenplay I on the UCLA campus (Reg# 371082) this Winter, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and his upcoming course. What sparks your...

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Instructor Interview: Elisa Wouk Almino

Instructor Interview: Elisa Wouk Almino

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Elisa Wouk Almino! Elisa is teaching a NEW course, Translation I on the UCLA campus (Reg# 371362) this Winter, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. What sparks your creativity?...

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NEW Winter 2020 Classes

NEW Winter 2020 Classes

Though 2019 has yet to bow its last, registration is now open for Winter 2020. Now is the time to think about what your writing goals for 2020 will be, and what steps you can take to achieve them. We have a wide array of new classes for Winter, in addition to our core...

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What Scares You Most?

What Scares You Most?

As we arrive at another Halloween week, a time of spookiness as the end of the year approaches, we want to know – What scares you? What scares you more: Knowing your characters inside and out, or your characters telling you how their story goes? What scares you more:...

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We Like ALL Books and We Cannot Lie

We Like ALL Books and We Cannot Lie

Once upon a time (up until last summer), the Writers’ Program had a library. It was a small library by most standards, just a couple tall bookshelves in our office space. However, it housed decades of Writers’ Program history, containing books by students and...

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