Success Stories

Success: Zac Hersh Starts Production Company

Success: Zac Hersh Starts Production Company

Former screenwriting and Entertainment Studies student Zac Hersh has branched beyond writing to starting his own production company, producing his own films. His newest, Follower, is available on streaming. Of his experience at UCLA Extension, Zac says, "The two main...

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Success: Ruthie Marlenée’s New Novel

Success: Ruthie Marlenée’s New Novel

Certificate alum Ruthie Marlenée's newest novel, Agave Blues, was recently published. Ruthie says, "Agave Blues originated as a screenplay that was accepted into Victoria Wisdom's Advanced Screenwriting class at UCLA Extension back in 2008. From there it won awards at...

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Success: Gina Sorell’s New Novel

Success: Gina Sorell’s New Novel

Gina Sorell is a graduate with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. Publishers Weekly called her debut novel Mothers and Other Strangers “mesmerizing,” Good Housekeeping called it “riveting,” and it was one of Self and Refinery29’s best books of 2017....

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Success: Sarah Amar’s Development Internship

Success: Sarah Amar’s Development Internship

Recent student Sarah Amar has landed an internship! She says, "I'm delighted to share that I've recently begun a development internship with Maven Screen Media." Of her experience in the Writers' Program, Sarah says, "As a working mother building a new career in film...

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Success: Aurora Lewis’ Self-Published Debut

Success: Aurora Lewis’ Self-Published Debut

Former student Aurora Lewis recently had a landmark achievement in publishing her first poetry collection. She says of the journey and her experience in the Writers' program,  "While attending UCLA’s Creative Writing Program-General Studies, I was in my late fifties...

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Success: Sana Balagamwala’s Debut Novel

Success: Sana Balagamwala’s Debut Novel

Former student Sana Balagamwala's debut novel, House Number 12, Block Number 3, was published in October 2021. Sana says of the experience and her time in the Writers' Program, "The idea for House Number 12, Block Number 3 took root in a novel writing class I took at...

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Success: Instructor Charles Jensen’s New Book

Success: Instructor Charles Jensen’s New Book

Writers Program instructor Charles Jensen recently published a new book. He says, "Instructions between Takeoff and Landing is my third full-length collection of poems, written largely between 2014 and 2018. The centerpiece is a series of poems written in the form of...

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Feature Articles

NEW Courses for Summer 2022

NEW Courses for Summer 2022

Summer is often a time for rest and rejuvenation. However, UCLA Extension offers classes year-round to help you improve skills, craft, and achieve personal and professional goals. Our new classes for Summer include a lot of one-day seminars and shorter term virtual...

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Tips for an At Home Writing Retreat

Tips for an At Home Writing Retreat

With spring here and summer just around the bend, many folks yearn to take to the road (or the skies, or the tracks) and get away for a bit. However, not everyone can afford the time, money, or effort to travel – whether for leisure or, for writers, a little creative...

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Welcome New WP Work Studies

Welcome New WP Work Studies

Welcome New WP Work Studies Work studies are an integral part of the Writers’ Program team. They provide a lot of program support by assisting staff with various administrative, event, and social media tasks. We’re excited to introduce our newest work studies...

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Instructor Interview: Sam Cohen

Instructor Interview: Sam Cohen

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Sam Cohen! Sam is teaching a section of Short Story I (reg# 385461) in our Remote Classroom format with weekly meetings on Zoom, starting Tuesday, April 5 this Spring. She sat down with us to offer some insight into creative...

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Instructor Interview: Kate Gale

Instructor Interview: Kate Gale

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Kate Gale! Kate is teaching Editorial Management II: Publication and Beyond (reg# 386108) in our Remote Classroom format with weekly meetings on Zoom, starting Tuesday, April 5 this Spring. She sat down with us to offer some...

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Instructor Interview: Robert Birdwell

Instructor Interview: Robert Birdwell

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Robert Birdwell! Robert is teaching a section of Copyediting I (reg# 384895) in our asynchronous Online format, starting April 6 this Spring. He sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and his upcoming course....

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Instructor Interview:  Jacquelyn Stolos

Instructor Interview: Jacquelyn Stolos

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Jacquelyn Stolos! Jacquelyn is teaching a section of Novel I (reg# 385457) in our asynchronous Online format, starting April 6 this Spring. She sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course....

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