UCLA Extension Writers’ Program

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UCLA Extension Writers’ Program is a unit within UCLA Extension [1], the not-for-profit and self-supporting community outreach arm of the University of California, Los Angeles. Located in the Westwood Village area of the city, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program offers more than 400 annual open-enrollment screenwriting and creative writing courses for all levels of writers. Courses are available online, on the UCLA campus, and at some satellite locations in the Los Angeles area, and all courses are approved by the UCLA Academic Senate [2]. The Writers’ Program also offers many services and free events that are open to the public.


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3 Services
4 Events
5 Scholarships
6 Books
7 Student Success Stories
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The Regents of the University of California [3] established University Extension in 1891. A permanent Extension office was opened in Los Angeles in 1917.1 Extension moved to the UCLA campus in 1948, and subsequently to its present location at Gayley and LeConte in 1971. The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program was established in 1966. Today, the Writers’ Program offers more courses than any university-related writing program in the world [4].
The Writers’ Program offers more than 400 annual onsite and online courses including beginning, intermediate, and advanced-level courses in fiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry, playwriting, publishing, writing for the youth market, feature film writing, and television writing. Courses are taught by a roster of more than 200 published or produced writing professionals. Daytime, evening, and weekend courses are available. The Writers’ Program also offers nine- and six-month Master Classes in Novel Writing, Feature Film Writing, and Television Writing, and a four-day intensive Writers Studio.
Five certificate programs (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Feature Film Writing, Television Writing and Film and TV Comprehensive) are available for students who prefer a