Gail Gilchriest

Gail Gilchriest

Instructor Bio:

Producer, screenwriter, television writer, and WGA member whose credits include the reboot of Dallas, Sun Records, and the feature film My Dog Skip. Ms. Gilchriest has also developed television series for ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, and is the recipient of the Horton Foote Award for outstanding achievement in screenwriting.

Instructor Statement:

I believe all human beings have a need for story in their lives, and all human beings have stories to tell. As a teacher, my primary goal is to help novice writers find their voices and identify the personal stories that only they can tell. On a practical level, I like to introduce the building blocks of classic narrative structure and the concept of character archetypes, then encourage students to explode and re-imagine those conventions as needed to bring their stories to life. Most importantly, I believe that writing classes should be fun, safe places for storytelling and self-discovery, a narrative gym of sorts where amorphous story ideas get shaped and sculpted.

Instructor Schedule
Summer 2024

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning