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 2021-2022.

 

  • Master Class in Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)
  • Master Class in Creative Nonfiction Writing (Remote Learning / Onsite, 9 Months)
  • Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series (Online/Remote Residency, 9 Months)
  • One-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Online/Remote Residency, 6 Months)
  • Half-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Online/Remote Residency, 6 Months)

 

There is are no submission fees to apply for the Master Class and/or 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 (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)

Natashia Deón

2022 – 2023

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
  • Consideration of a novel excerpt by a literary agent at the completion of the course
  • Includes a 4-day residency in-person at UCLA

The 2022-2023 Master Class in Novel Writing will be taught by Natashia Deón, MFA, author of the novels The Perishing and GRACE.

Natashia Deón is one of the best writing teachers I’ve ever had. She is gifted, genuine, passionate person who really cares and invests in her class.” —Writers’ Program student

I couldn’t have more pleased and delighted at the level of quality, utility and professionalism I found in this class. I was more than impressed by Natashia Deón‘s ability to critique and by the techniques she used to do so. More than any instructor I’ve ever had at UCLA, she worked to maintain a positive environment in all comments and discussions and was incredibly supportive and encouraging.” —Writers’ Program student

30 weeks online
Course Dates: September 28, 2022 – June 6, 2023

No meetings December 14 – January 4, and the week before and after the residency.

Residency Dates: Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19, 2023 at UCLA

Enrollment in this 9-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a complete novel in order to be considered. Submission materials and application fees must be received by 9 am (PST), September 6, 2022 in order to be considered.

Apply Now! https://www.uclaextension.edu/writing-journalism/creative-writing/course/master-class-novel-writing-writing-x-4116

To apply, click “add to cart” and proceed with check-out. You will not be charged at the time of application. The full course fee will be due in its entirety should you choose to enroll based on your acceptance into the course. 

Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

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.)

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

 

Master Class in Creative Nonfiction Writing (Remote Learning / Onsite, 9 Months)

Barbara Abercrombie

2022 – 2023

Designed for writers serious about revising their draft memoirs and personal essay collections into polished works for publication, this 30-week course allows for in-depth critiques from a community of nonfiction writers, personalized guidance, and ongoing, one-on-one mentoring from a professional writer.

Features and Benefits:

  • 30 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Consideration of a book excerpt by a literary agent at the completion of the course

The 2022-23 Master Class in Creative Nonfiction Writing will be taught by Barbara Abercrombie, author of 15 books, including Courage and Craft: Writing Your Life into Story, A Year of Writing Dangerously, and Kicking in the Wall.

“Barbara was welcoming and took us all seriously. She was personable and open, encouraging and firm—good management of class time and the workshop process. Amazing.” — Former Writers’ Program Student

30 weeks online
Remote Learning: Meeting weekly on Zoom
October 4, 2022 – May 30, 2023

Tuesdays, 10am – 1pm (PT)
(No meeting dates: November 22; December 13, 20, & 27, 2022; March 28, 2023)

Enrollment in this 9-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a complete memoir manuscript or collection of essays in order to be considered. Submission materials and application fees must be received by 9 am (PST), September 6, 2022 in order to be considered.

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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.

Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

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 work-in-progress
  3. The completed first draft of your manuscript. (Note: participants in this master class work only on the project 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.)

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

Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series (Online/Remote-Residency, 9 months)

Chrysanthy Balis

2022

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 remote instruction residency through Zoom
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Feature Film Writing Competition
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete feature screenplay by an established agent, manager, or producer

The 2022 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 is amazing. She has a fantastic instinct for story and character and an ability to see opportunities within the material students generate to deepen the material and take it to the next level. She also was able to strike a perfect balance between being supportive and being honest while reading material, which isn’t easy to do. She is by far the best writing teacher I have ever had.” Former student of Chrysanthy Balis

Dates:
April 6, 2022 – December 13, 2022

Remote Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
September 22 – 25, 2022, 10:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time

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, loglines for the scripts you wish to develop in the course, and previous screenwriting courses taken, if any.

2) A completed draft of your previously completed feature length screenplay. (Note: participants in this pro-series class work on a brand new script, not the one submitted for this application. No exceptions.)

Application fee: Free
Registration fee: $3,860 payable upon acceptance.

To apply, click on the “Enroll” button by going to the link here.

(Deadline is Monday, March 7th, 2022 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time)

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF) listed in the pre-requisites category above. Please remove all identifying personal information from title pages.

For more information, please contact writers@uclaextension.edu.

TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Remote, 6 Months)

Phil Kellard

2022

In a highly focused and collaborative workshop environment, you take a concept for a 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, drama, dramedy, or animation. In addition, you pitch your ideas to guest professionals who give network level feedback. Upon completion of the course, you also submit your completed script to receive feedback and consideration by an established agent, manager, or producer.

Features and Benefits:

  • 20 weeks of master-level instruction and mentoring through Zoom
  • Limited to 8 students
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Television Pilot Writing Competition
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer

The 2022 TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series will be taught by Phil Kellard, Executive producer-writer-director; WGA/DGA member whose credits include both drama and comedy from The Wayans Brothers; Martin; Doogie Howser, MD; to Hooperman and The Inspectors. He has written series and pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Hulu, The Disney Channel, Showtime, FBC, and Syfy Channel. 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 cares about his students and is very encouraging. He’s also really funny and engaging and I loved his lectures. He runs the class in an organized way as well”  – Former student of Phil Kellard

Dates:
Remote Instruction – Virtual Meetings from 6:00PM-9:00PM Pacific Time
January 13, 2021 – June 2, 2021

Enrollment in this 6-month workshop is by submission only. You must have a complete first draft of a half-hour or 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 half-hour or 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.

Application fee: Free
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

To apply click on the “Enroll” button by going to the link here.

(Deadline is December 6, 2021 at 10:00AM Pacific Time)

All submissions must include the following materials (Word Document or PDF) listed in the pre-requisites category above. Please remove all identifying personal information from title pages.

For more information, please contact writers@uclaextension.edu.

Master course(s) currently on hiatus:

Master Class in Young Adult Novel Writing (Online/Low-Residency, 6 Months)

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

This course is currently unavailable. Check back here for future quarter availability or contact Writers’ Program at writers@uclaextension.edu or (310) 825-9415.

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.)

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.

One-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Online/Remote Residency, 6 Months)

Erica Byrne

2021

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 remote instruction residency through Zoom
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Television Pilot Writing Competition
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer

The 2021 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
January 13, 2021 – June 15, 2021

Remote Residency Dates: Saturday, and Sunday
May 1 and May 2, 2021, 10:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time

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: Free
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

Click Here to Apply (Deadline is December 14, 2020 at 9AM Pacific Time)

For more information, please contact writers@uclaextension.edu

Half-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series (Online/Remote Residency, 6 Months)

Andrew Osborne

2021

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
  • Includes a 2-day remote instruction residency through Zoom
  • Free entry into the UCLA Extension Television Pilot Writing Competition
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer

The 2021 Half-Hour TV Pilot Writing Pro-Series will be taught by Andrew Osborne, MA, screenwriter; WGA member whose indie film credits include the Sundance Film Festival premiere On_Line, the Tribeca Film Festival premiere The F Word, and his directorial debut Apocalypse Bop. Mr. Osborne received an Emmy Award for the Discovery Channel program Cash Cab. He has developed projects for Warner Bros., HBO, MTV, and Orion.

“Andrew did a fantastic job presenting a practical online course. He got us into using the proper screenwriting form off the bat. For me, seeing my own work in a professional format was inspiring and helpful. Andrew gave us a window into his professional world and treated us like new colleagues.”  – Former student of Andrew Osborne

Dates:
Online Instruction
January 13, 2021 – June 15, 2021

Remote Residency Dates: Saturday, and Sunday
May 1 and May 2, 2021, 10:00AM – 6:00PM Pacific Time

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: Free
Registration fee: $2,650 payable upon acceptance.

Click Here to Apply (Deadline is December 14, 2020 at 9AM Pacific Time)

For more information, please contact writers@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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