Master Classes and Pro-Series

If you have the talent, passion, and determination necessary to produce professional-quality work, apply for acceptance into a Master Class or Pro-Series. Each of these advanced workshops is limited to eight writers and requires submission of a complete novel or screenplay.  Participants receive written feedback from a reputable agent, plus other perks.   The following master classes and pro series are offered in 2019.

 

  • Master Class in Novel Writing (Onsite, 3 Quarters)
  • Master Class in Young Adult Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 2 Quarters)
  • Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series (Online/Low-Residency, 3 Quarters)
  • One-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Online/Low-Residency, 2 Quarters)
  • Half-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Onsite, 2 Quarters)

 

There is a $10 submission fee for each Master Class and Pro-Series. Check individual courses for submission requirements and deadlines.  Registration fees are due upon acceptance.

 

For more information, expand the links below or contact an advisor at (310) 825-9415.

Master Class in Novel Writing (Onsite, 3 Quarters)

This dynamic and rigorous Master Class in Novel Writing is designed for students who are serious about revising and polishing their novels and getting published. The 9-month, 30-week online course allows for intensely individual instruction, peer critiques from a community of like-minded, talented writers, and a focus on process and results.

Features and Benefits:

  • 30 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Guaranteed entry into the James Kirkwood Literary Awards competition
  • Consideration of a novel excerpt by a literary agent at the completion of the course
  • Discounted candidacy fee for certificate programs ($100 off for certificates in Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction.) The Master Class counts for nine core certificate units.  Only first time enrollees are eligible.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. 

The 2019-20 Master Class in Novel Writing will be taught by Mark Sarvas, author of the novel, Harry, Revised (Bloomsbury), and Memento Park (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Mr. Sarvas’s literary blog, The Elegant Variation, was a Forbes magazine Best of the Web pick, and a Los Angeles Magazine Top L.A. Blog.

“I really enjoyed Mark’s lectures. His passion for writing, reading, and the elements of storytelling is unrivaled. He’s an honest critic while always maintaining a level of encouragement to students of all levels, from the novice to the MFA recipient.” —Writers’ Program student – Former student of Mark Sarvas

Dates:

Tuesday, 7-10 pm, October 8 – December 17; January 7 – March 10; March 24 – May 26. (No meeting 11/26)

Enrollment in this 9-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a novel in order to be considered. Submission materials and application fees must be received by the DEADLINE of 9am (PST), September 9, 2019 in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

  1. One-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken;
  2. A two-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress
  3. The completed first draft of your novel. (Note: participants in this master class work only on the novel submitted for admission. No exceptions. Each page should be numbered, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced with 1-inch margins.)

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in its entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Click here to go to the application.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

For more information, please contact Writers’ Program at writers@uclaextension.edu or (310) 825-9415.

Master Class in Young Adult Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 2 Quarters)

Kelly Barson

This dynamic and rigorous online/low-residency Master Class in Young Adult Novel Writing is designed for students who are serious about revising and polishing their young adult novels and getting published. The 5-month, 20-week online course allows for intensely individual instruction, peer critiques from a community of like-minded, talented writers, and a focus on process and results.

Features and Benefits:

  • 20 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Includes a 4-day residency in LA with a guest speaker and bookstore reading
  • Consideration of a novel excerpt by a literary agent at the completion of the course
  • Discounted candidacy fee for certificate programs ($100 off for certificates in Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction.) The Master Class counts for six core certificate units.  Only first time enrollees are eligible.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively. 

The 2019 Master Class in Young Adult Novel Writing will be taught by Kelly Barson, author of the novels 45 Pounds and Charlotte Cuts it Out. Ms. Barson has published articles in Highlights for Children Magazine, Hunger Mountain Literary Journal, and other local family magazines. She is a panelist and speaker at many library events and conferences.

“Kelly is a marvelous instructor. She gave us relevant lecture material and assignments that couldn’t help but make us stronger writers. Her critiques were honest evaluations and growth opportunities.” – Former student of Kelly Barson

Dates:
October 2, 2019 – March 10, 2020

(No meeting: January 15 – 22 and January 29 – February 4; the week before, during, and after the residency)

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 23 – 26, 2020, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Enrollment in this 5-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a novel in order to be considered. Submission materials and application fees must be received by 9am (PST), September 9, 2019. in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

  1. One-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous creative writing courses taken;
  2. A two-page synopsis of your novel-in-progress
  3. The completed first draft of your novel. (Note: participants in this master class work only on the novel submitted for admission. No exceptions. Each page should be numbered, typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spaced with 1-inch margins.)

Enrollment opens October 1st.

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in its entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $2650 payable upon acceptance.

For more information, please contact Writers’ Program at writers@uclaextension.edu or (310) 825-9415.

Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series (Online/Low-Residency, 3 Quarters)

Chrysanthy Balis

Starting with a story concept and developing it into a dynamic, compelling, and market-ready script, you learn how to articulate a personal vision while communicating with a wide audience, and how to balance the intuitive with the technical. Throughout the process, your originality is encouraged as you are guided to create complex characterizations, a powerful dramatic structure and thematic subtext, and to tell your story visually.

    Features and Benefits:

  • 30 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Includes a 4-day residency in LA
  • Opportunity for complimentary enrollment in one unlimited-enrollment Writers’ Program one-day course per quarter (three total)
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Feature Film Writing Competition
  • Consideration of a complete feature screenplay by an established agent, manager, or producer
  • Discounted enrollment fee for certificate programs ($50 off for certificates in Feature Film or Television, and $100 off for Film/TV Comprehensive.) The Master Class counts for nine core certificate units. Only first time enrollees are eligible.  Discounts cannot be applied retroactively.

The 2019-20 Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series is taught by Chrysanthy Balis, MPW, screenwriter; WGA member whose credits include the Paramount release Asylum. Ms. Balis has projects in development with CBS, USA Networks, Flodyco Productions, and has previously written an adapted screenplay for the Zanuck Company/Fox 2000 and a pilot for HBO. A recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Screenwriting, she is a contributing author to Cut to the Chase (Gotham Books/Penguin).

“Chrys Balis is a jewel among teachers. She is one of the few who’ve entered my life over the years and changed something fundamental for me, changed the way I view my work and myself. Her notes are not only thorough, but bordering on psychic.”  – Former student of Chrysanthy Balis

Dates:
October 2, 2019 – June 9, 2020
No meetings the week of November 21, 2018; no meeting Mar. 11 – 17 and Mar. 25 – 31, the week before, during and after the residency.

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
March 19 – March 22, 2019, 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Enrollment in this 9-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a feature film script in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

1) A one-page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous screenwriting courses taken.

2)  The first 30 pages of your completed feature film script. (Note: participants in this master class work on a brand new script, not the one submitted for this application. No exceptions.)

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in it’s entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

Click here to go to the application.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bonnett at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

One-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Online/Low-Residency, 2 Quarters)

Erica Byrne

In a highly focused and collaborative workshop environment, writers start with a concept for a one-hour television drama series and develop it through the outline, pitch, first draft, re-write, and the final product: a polished pilot script ready to take to agents, producers, studios, and networks. Emphasis is placed on complex characterization, structure, the pilot story, and potential for future episodes. Participants gain an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and where their series concept may be best suited, whether broadcast, network, cable, or streaming. Viewing and discussing examples of classic pilot episodes provide insight into the creative process.

Features and Benefits:

  • 20 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Includes a 2-day residency in LA
  • Opportunity for complimentary enrollment in one unlimited-enrollment Writers’ Program one-day course per quarter (two total)
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Television Pilot Writing Competition
  • Consideration of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer
  • Discounted enrollment fee for certificate programs ($50 off for certificates in Feature Film or Television, and $100 off for Film/TV Comprehensive.) The Master Class counts for six core certificate units. Discounts apply only during the 6 months of class; they cannot be applied retroactively.

The 2019-20 One-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series will be taught by Erica Byrne, screenwriter and WGA member whose numerous credits include episodes of La Femme Nikita; Nowhere Man; Silk Stalkings; Hunter; Knots Landing; and Walker, Texas Ranger. Ms. Byrne also served as a staff writer and has written many produced docudramas as well as animated scripts. She is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Screenwriting.

Erica is a pro and extremely disciplined, which helped me to stay focused and on track. She breaks down the elements of a screenplay into understandable pieces, and gives great constructive feedback that empowers students to move forward with confidence. Erica makes writing fun!” – Former student of Erica Byrne

Dates:
Online Instruction
October 2, 2019 – March 17, 2020; no meeting Feb 12 – 18 and Feb. 26 – Mar 3, the week before, during and after the residency.

Residency Dates: Saturday, and Sunday
February 22 – February 23, 2019, 9:00AM – 5:00P

Enrollment in this 6-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a one-hour television pilot in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

1) A one-two page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous screenwriting courses taken.

2) One writing sample consisting of your best completed one-hour television pilot. (Note: participants in this pro-series work on a brand new script, not the one submitted for this application. No exceptions.)

3) Up to three loglines for a new project you wish to develop in the course.

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in it’s entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

Application will become available soon.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bonnett at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

Half-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Onsite, 2 Quarters)

Phil Kellard

In a highly focused and collaborative workshop environment, you take a concept for a half-hour television series and develop it through outline, the pitch, first draft, re-write, and the final product: a polished pilot script ready to take out to agents, producers, studios, and networks. You focus on complex characterization, structure, and the pilot story and potential for future episodes, and gain an in-depth understanding of the marketplace and where your series concept may be best suited, whether multi-camera, single-camera, dramedy, or animation. In addition, you pitch your ideas to guest professionals who give network level feedback.

    Features and Benefits:

  • 20 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Opportunity for complimentary enrollment in one unlimited-enrollment Writers’ Program one-day course per quarter (two total)
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Television Pilot Writing Competition
  • Consideration of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer
  • Discounted enrollment fee for certificate programs ($50 off for certificates in Feature Film or Television, and $100 off for Film/TV Comprehensive.) The Master Class counts for six core certificate units.  Discounts apply only during the 6 months of class; they cannot be applied retroactively.

The 2019-20 Half-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series will be taught by Phil Kellard, writer-director; WGA member who was executive producer on The Wayans Brothers and Martin, and producer on Doogie Howser, MD. He has written pilots for The Disney Channel, Showtime, FBC, and Syfy. Mr. Kellard received an Emmy Award for instructional programming and the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Screenwriting, and is a contributing author to Inside the Room (Gotham Books/Penguin).

“Phil is knowledgeable and generous with info about the industry and he provided sound advice on structuring scripts. I would absolutely take another one of his classes.” – Former student of Phil Kellard

Dates: 
October 3, 2019 – March 26, 2020, 7:00PM – 10:00PM, No meeting Nov. 28, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, and Feb. 27.

Enrollment in this 6-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a half-hour television pilot in order to be considered.

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF):

1) A one-two page personal statement that includes your writing background, previous screenwriting courses taken.

2) One writing sample consisting of your best completed half-hour television pilot. (Note: participants in this pro-series work on a brand new script, not the one submitted for this application. No exceptions.)

3) Up to three loglines for a new project you wish to develop in the course.

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will only be charged the $10 application fee at this time. The full course fee will be due in it’s entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

Application will become available soon.

For more information, please contact Jeff Bonnett at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu.

“Taking creative writing courses at the Writers’ Program was a transcending experience.”

Liska Jacobs, whose novel, Catalina, was recently published to rave reviews.

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