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As a continuing Writers’ Program student, you’ve likely completed a course or two but are unsure of next steps.  With more than 100 courses to choose from each quarter, we’re not at all surprised. Here are some useful links you can use to help with your decision-making.

Want to take instruction up a notch?  This handy guide tells you what to expect in beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level courses.

The Writers’ Program offers several advanced-level courses each quarter in screenwriting and creative writing, both onsite and online. These courses are primarily workshop-based and are designed for students who are well into their projects. Admission into advanced-level courses is by submission only.

The selection process for advanced courses is competitive. All applicants will be notified regarding their enrollment one to two weeks prior to the first day of class. We are unable to provide any comments or critiques on student submissions.

Instructions for Submitting to Advanced-Level Courses:
Click on the name and registration number of your desired course. Either log in with your existing student account and then click “Enroll,” or click “Enroll” and follow the prompts to create a new or returning student account. Continue as below.

  1. At the “Contact Information” Page, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and initial both boxes under “Privacy Policies.”
  2. Click “Start” on the first Application page.
  3. On the 2nd Application page, click “Start” on the bottom left side of the page.

Next, you will be asked to upload a file as a writing sample. Writing samples vary by instructor.  See each course listing for specific requirements.

NOTE: Despite being asked to enter payment information, YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED for this course unless you choose to enroll if / when you receive a notice of acceptance. There is no fee to apply to advanced-level courses. Since enrollment is restricted, discount fees are unavailable for these courses.

The submission deadline for advanced courses are noted on the course page by expanding the “Details” tab in the section where the “Enroll” button is located. To see which advanced courses are still available for submission this quarter, click the appropriate link.

Advanced Fiction Courses

Advanced Creative Nonfiction Courses

Advanced Feature Film Courses

Advanced Television Courses

Please note that the final refund deadline for any advanced course is one week prior to its start date. While waiting for permission to enroll, you may enroll in a second Writers’ Program course of your choice. If you are subsequently granted permission to enroll in an advanced course, you may drop your second choice course and transfer into the advanced course without penalty; however you will be responsible for any difference in course fees.

Submissions sent after the deadline may not be accepted. Deadlines are subject to change. Contact the Writers’ Program by phone at (310) 825-9415 for the most up to date information.

If you do not receive an email confirmation saying that your submission has been received, please contact the Writers’ Program office at writers@uclaextension.edu or (310) 825-9415.  The Writers’ Program is not responsible for lost submissions due to technical issues.

In addition to our extensive quarterly offerings, the Writers’ Program provides numerous services that may be of interest to you as you continue your writing education.

Friendly and knowledgeable Writers’ Program advisors are available from 9 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday to help you map out a strategy for accomplishing your writing goals.

For advisement or course information contact our main line at (310) 825-9415 | writers@uclaextension.edu.


Student Portal: Entry to your online course on Canvas.

Textbooks:  Need to purchase a book for class?

Transcripts:  Request a copy of your transcript.

Graduation:  Held in June of each year, the graduation ceremony at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus is for Extension students who have completed their certificate coursework between the previous fall and summer quarters.  Contact an advisor at the Writers’ Program to confirm that you meet eligibility requirements at (310) 825-9415.

FAQ’s: Get answers to frequently asked questions about our program.

Screenwriting Resource Page: Click here to view a compilation of popular websites that promote or publish news, insights, contests, fellowships, jobs, books, blogs, and networking opportunities related to the screenwriting trade.  It’s included here as a reference for students interested in writing for film and television.

Refund Policy:

  • Onsite Courses: Deadline is typically 14 days after the start date of the course.
  • Online Courses: Deadline is typically 14 days after the start date of the course.
  • Restricted Courses: Deadline is typically 7 days before the start date of the course.
  • For further details please click here


“Taking workshops with the Writers’ Program changed the way I view writing and conceptualize myself as I writer.  It sparked a fit of creativity and productivity in me that made me confident enough to pursue my writing with all my heart.”

Emily Hunt Kivel, accepted into Columbia University MFA Program

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