Success Stories

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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Success: Elie Axelroth’s New Novel

Success: Elie Axelroth’s New Novel

Student Elie Alexroth recently published her second novel. She says of the experience, "After a career as a psychologist, I retired to write full-time. In 2015, I self-published my first novel, Thin Places. My second novel, Cross Body Lead, was recently published by...

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Success: Shreyas Ayaluri Competition Placements

Success: Shreyas Ayaluri Competition Placements

Certificate alum Shreyas Ayaluri has had some successes recently with her script Elvis Escobar & Juniper Lea placing in multiple competitions, notably: Screencraft Comedy 2021— Quarterfinalist Austin Film Festival 2021— Second Rounder StoryPros Awards 14th Annual...

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Success: Noah Lemelson’s Award-Winning Debut

Success: Noah Lemelson’s Award-Winning Debut

Former student Noah Lemelson had his first novel published in late 2021. Noah says, "I released my first novel, The Sightless City, from Tiny Fox Press. It’s a gritty steampunk fantasy that I started on during my time at UCLA Extension, and which has won a First Place...

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Feature Articles

Inspiration You Can Taste & Smell

Inspiration You Can Taste & Smell

We’re concluding our sensory dive into ways of finding writing inspiration (for now) with taste and smell. These senses may not seem as directly tied to the writing experience as sight and sound, but hopefully these explorations can help inspire you to create more...

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Look for Inspiration

Look for Inspiration

On last week’s blog we offered some ways to incorporate sounds into your writing environment/routine. This week we’ll explore a few options for utilizing visuals as part of your writer’s toolkit to inspire and work at your best. Art – While going to a museum or...

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Listen for Inspiration

Listen for Inspiration

Environment can play a large role in setting yourself up for productive writing. While in working toward being a professional writer it can be beneficial to be adaptable to varied writing conditions, knowing your ideal environment for being creative, and productive,...

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Instructor Interview: Chris Atwood

Instructor Interview: Chris Atwood

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Chris Atwood! Chris is teaching a section of Half-Hour TV I (reg# 386853) in our Remote Classroom format with weekly meetings on Zoom, starting Tuesday, July 5 this Summer. He sat down with us to offer some insight into creative...

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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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