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 2020.

 

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

 

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 (Online/Low-Residency, 9 Months)

Lynn Hightower

2020 – 2021

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
  • Includes a 4-day residency in LA (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)

The 2020-21 Master Class in Novel Writing will be taught by Lynn Hightower, nationally and internationally bestselling novelist with 12 books in print.

“Lynn really understood what I was trying to do and consistently led me in that direction. I appreciate beyond measure her encouragement, humor, patience and honesty and I hope to work with her beyond this class.” – Former student of Lynn Hightower

Dates:
October 7 2020 – June 8, 2021
(No meeting dates:  Nov 25, Dec 23 and 30, and the week before, during, and after the residency)

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 11 – 14, 2021, 9:00AM – 6:00PM (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)

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), August 31, 2020 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.

Check back here in July 2020 for 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 Creative Nonfiction Writing (Remote Learning / Onsite, 9 Months)

Barbara Abercrombie

2020 – 2021

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 2020-21 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

Remote Learning Dates: Meeting weekly on Zoom
Tuesdays, October 6 2020 – June 1, 2021

(No meeting dates:  Nov 24, Dec 22 – Jan 5, and Mar 22)

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 9am (PST), August 31, 2020 in order to be considered.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)
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.)

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.

Check back here in July 2020 for 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, 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.

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

Kate Marciniak

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 (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)
  • 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
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete feature screenplay by an established agent, manager, or producer

The 2020-21 Feature Film Writing: Pro-Series is taught by Kate Marciniak, MA, writer, professional story analyst who has worked on both studio features and independent movies for over 2 decades, for companies such as Disney, HBO, Miramax, Dreamworks SKG, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Amazon Studios. Ms. Marciniak also produced programming for National Public Radio and C-SPAN and oversaw the Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival.

“Kate went above and beyond my expectations to deliver personalized and constructive feedback. She was knowledgeable and demonstrated genuine interest in helping refine our projects and success as students. — Writers’ Program Student – Former student of Kate Marciniak

Dates:
October 7, 2020 – June 1, 2021

Residency Dates: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
TBD in March 2021, 9:00AM – 5:00PM, (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)

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.)

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.

Check back here in July 2020 for the application.

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

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

Erica Byrne

2020 – 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 residency in LA (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)
  • 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
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer

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 7, 2020 – March 16, 2021

Residency Dates: Saturday, and Sunday
TBD in February 2021, 9:00AM – 5:00P (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)

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.

Check back here in July 2020 for the application.

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

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

Andrew Osborne

2020 – 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 residency in LA (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)
  • 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
  • A guaranteed read and feedback of a complete television script by an established agent, manager, or producer

The 2020-21 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
October 7, 2020 – March 16, 2021

Residency Dates: Saturday, and Sunday
TBD in February 2021, 9:00AM – 5:00P (pending full confidence in the control of COVID-19)

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.

Check back here in July 2020 for the application.

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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