Success Stories

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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Success: Conrad Aragon to Publish Debut Novella

Success: Conrad Aragon to Publish Debut Novella

Conrad Aragon recently completed a Novel V workshop through the Writers’ Program. His debut novella, The Phenomenalist, will be published by Silver Bow Publishing in August of 2019. Karl, the main character, encounters multiple doppelgangers who share identical bodies...

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Success: Ellen Byron wins Agatha Award

Success: Ellen Byron wins Agatha Award

Former student and instructor Ellen Byron recently won the Best Contemporary Novel Agatha Award for Mardi Gras Murder, the fourth book in her USA Today bestselling Cajun Country Mystery series. The light mystery series has received multiple award nominations and won...

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Feature Articles

Writers Studio’s NEW Instructors for 2020

Writers Studio’s NEW Instructors for 2020

Our annual Writers Studio is an intensive, four-day experience that combines the work ethic and community building of a writing intensive with the knowledge growth of a ten-week course. This year, we’re thrilled to have several new instructors teaching the Studio for...

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Writers’ Program 2019 Year In Review

Writers’ Program 2019 Year In Review

As 2019 draws to a close, we reflect on what a year of change it’s been for the Writers’ Program. Since December of 2018 we’ve added three new staff members (while bidding a very fond farewell to staffer of eight years, Carla) – Ashley, Carrie, and Jennie – and are...

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Welcome New WP Staffer, Jennie Seidewand!

Welcome New WP Staffer, Jennie Seidewand!

The Writers’ Program is thrilled to add a new Creative Writing Program Representative to our team. Jennie started last week, and will be doing a lot of important behind the scenes work to get classes for each term up and running, as well as assisting instructors and...

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Announcing the 2019 James Kirkwood Award Winners

Announcing the 2019 James Kirkwood Award Winners

Earlier this month, the Writers’ Program hosted a luncheon in Los Angeles to honor the recipients of the 2019 James Kirkwood Literary Prize. The James Kirkwood Literary Prize is named for the late Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning author James Kirkwood, one of the...

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Instructor Interview: Eileen Cronin

Instructor Interview: Eileen Cronin

Welcome new Writers’ Program instructor Eileen Cronin! Eileen is teaching Memoir I on the UCLA campus (Reg# 371301) this Winter, and sat down with us to offer some insight into creative life and her upcoming course. What sparks your creativity? Indie folk music with...

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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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