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FILM TV X 450.1
Learn how screenwriters can adapt literary work into scripts in the first of a two-part series.
Format: Classroom
WRITING 745.2E

Use familiar tales and stories as a jumping off point to craft your own young adult novel.

Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 432.888
Take your previously written half-hour scripts and maximize their comedic potential in this advanced workshop focusing on story development.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 424.10E
Spend two full days learning the basics of memoir writing and leave class with an understanding of your path forward.
FILM TV X 430.6
Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing half-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 431.6
Go from outline to the first draft script of a half-hour series, mirroring the professional TV writer's room environment.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 430.4
Learn how to construct a story and write a script outline for an existing 1-hour series in this introductory TV writing course.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 431.4
Go from outline to the first draft script of an hourlong series, mirroring the professional TV writer's room environment.
Format: Classroom | Online
JOURN X 469.3
A thorough foundation in broadcast news journalism, from reporting to writing to presentation, this course covers how different types of stories fit into the context of a newscast; and broadcast standards and ethics.
WRITING X 413.2E

Get expert guidance in planning your mystery or suspense novel as you learn the fundamentals of crime writing.

Format: Online
WRITING X 461.13EWS
Learn critical skills to develop a powerful, unique premise for your fiction or nonfiction in this intensive workshop dedicated to the magic that makes stories work.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 451.1
Learn copyediting best practices as you develop skills in this area critical to writing, editing, and publishing.
Format: Online
WRITING 761.2E
Bring your story to life with this indepth analysis of what makes characters complex, compelling, and memorable.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 430.24I
Take your screenplay to the next level when you learn how to write compelling film scenes featuring strong characters and emotional complexity.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 445.1
The writing of powerfully constructed scenes featuring compelling characters is the key to any screenplay or dramatic teleplay's success. This intensive workshop gets you writing and rewriting…
Format: Online
FILM TV X 430.41
Today, you need that original half-hour pilot script in your portfolio to break into the business of writing television comedy. In this lively workshop, discover the ingredients you need to create…
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 435.8WS
If you want to break into the business of writing one-hour dramas, you need at least one pilot script in your portfolio.  In this fast-paced, exciting workshop, you develop your rough idea into…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 424.2E
Use real life as a jumping off point for new writing, using activities and techniques that deepen and enrich how the stories are told.
Format: Online
WRITING X 424.17E

Tap into the secrets of the creative mind through yoga and meditation techniques designed to unlock your subconscious and release new ideas.

Format: Online
WRITING X 421.1
Discover the varied forms of creative nonfiction from memoir to personal essay and beyond in this introductory course.
Format: Online
WRITING X 421.2
Continue your work in memoir, essays, or other forms of creative nonfiction in this intermediate workshop.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 421.3
Polish your memoir and personal essay collections in this advanced workshop for students with works-in-progress.
Format: Classroom
ENGL XL 136
Start writing poetry in this introductory course where you read work by contemporary poets and discuss your poems in a writers' workshop setting.
Format: Classroom
ENGL XL 137
Start writing short stories in this introductory course where you learn the key elements of powerful fiction and participate in a collaborative writers' workshop.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 451.2
Learn to review written works to suggest line edits and substantial thematic revisions in this introductory course.
Format: Online
WRITING X 461.6E

Practice and explore the critical craft elements of dialogue and point of view to strengthen your storytelling and create compelling stories.

Format: Online
WRITING X 461.16E
Keep making progress in this workshop dedicated to helping you maintain momentum over the long term and keep writing an essential part of your life.
WRITING 752.2E
Attendees of WRITING 752.1E can add a one-on-one consultation with instructor David Groff on 10 pages of writing and a 1-page query submitted in advance.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 452.1
Learn how a manuscript becomes a book in this foundational course for editors and writers, especially those considering self-publishing.
WRITING X 461.1E
Learn how to create writing that triggers emotional responses in your reader. Great for beginning and intermediate writers.
JOURN X 465.5
Learn to identify stories, target particular outlets, shape pitches and write stories designed for various media entities.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 431.102
This course helps experienced screenwriters complete their new script in a collaborative environment.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 431.101
This course puts experienced screenwriters on track to complete a new script in a supportive community of like-minded writers.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 432.99
Take a script from concept to completion in this intensive workshop for just 8 students.
Format: Hybrid
WRITING X 410
Learn the basics of writing fiction, from dialogue to description, in this supportive and informative workshop.
Format: Online
WRITING X 403
The scariest part of writing is staring at that blank page! This workshop is for anyone who has wanted to write but doesn't know where to start, or for writers who feel stuck and need a new form…
WRITING X 461.15E
Learn to listen for your own writing voice and complete exercises that help it emerge.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 402
Explore the basics of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in this introductory course for beginning writers searching for their unique voice.
WRITING X 424.14E
Learn to write prose of 500-1,000 words in this workshop focused on condensing story down to its most essential and memorable parts.
WRITING X 452.3
Set the groundwork for work as a freelance editor in this foundational course offering tools of the trade for successful editors.
WRITING 752.1E
Transition from aspiring writer to published author with the advice of a professional editor in this practical and inspiring one-day course.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 437.99
Choose and develop your best story ideas as you incorporate classic story principles to craft a powerful, memorable script.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 461.3E
This course is designed for students who want to examine gay men’s lives in fiction and nonfiction. Discussions will include basic milestones that have defined much of gay life, such as coming…
FILM TV X 431.67
Great, funny, compelling dialogue is easier than you think. It comes when you focus on one single thing: your moral premise.  There’s a vice, and a virtue, ready to argue with each…
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 433.77
Research always pays off (and not just when it comes to historical works of fiction). This is especially true when it comes to things that we think we know, things we’ve seen depicted before,…
Format: Online
WRITING X 424.5E
Find out how to become a professional nonfiction writer in this career-focused course for beginning writers.
Format: Online
WRITING X 424.13E
Get concrete, step-by-step advice for crafting a book proposal that sells from an industry insider with extensive experience.
WRITING X 432.6E
Enhance your writing in any genre by learning to incorporate techniques of poetry, helping you discover untapped creativity in your own work.
WRITING X 461.9E
Get ruthless with your own drafts and discover ways to elevate your writing to its greatest potential in this workshop devoted only to revision techniques.
Format: Online
WRITING X 400
Perfect for students new to creative writing, this course introduces you to various forms of writing in small, supportive workshop groups.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 451.3
Get an insider's view of how editors thrive within the publishing industry in this introductory course perfect for writers and professionals who want to break into the field.
Format: Online
WRITING X 455.1
Learn how literary agents take author manuscripts from query to signed contracts in this introductory course.
WRITING X 424.18E

Learn the basics of nonfiction writing – which offers rich, detailed, and vivid portraits of real events – as you read the best examples of the genre, and begin your own works.

Format: Online
WRITING X 446.2E

Get a strong introduction to writing for children, from picture books through complex young adult novels, in this workshop perfect for beginners.

Format: Classroom
JOURN X 494
This course presents the fundamentals of investigative journalism, as well as practical experience in investigative research and writing.
JOURN X 417
Advanced Journalism Certificate students acquire real-world experience while earning academic credit. For more information and an application, email journalism@uclaextension.edu or call (310) 825-7093.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
FILM TV X 488.68
This course concentrates on your preparation to apply to and succeed in a Master of Fine Arts program in screenwriting. You focus on preparing the required writing samples to show off your skill and…
Format: Online
WRITING X 461.10E
Get a thorough overview of the current landscape of MFA programs in creative writing to successfully identify your goals and develop your own application materials.
WRITING X 455.3

Learn how writers get their names out there and take advantage of opportunities to connect with readers in this practical course on personal branding and promotion.

Format: Classroom
JOURN X 490

Learn to identify and develop story-worthy characters; optimize reporter-subject relationships; recognize and humanize complicated topics and themes; employ structure and pacing; and write clearly, using one’s own voice.

WRITING X 411.6
Get intensive, individualized instruction as you rewrite your novel and set yourself up to prepare agents and publishers to turn your manuscript into a book you are proud to have written.
Format: Hybrid
WRITING X 445.4
Analyze, refine, revise, and polish the draft of your young adult novel in this intensive, focused workshop for advanced students
JOURN X 462
For journalists, media lawyers, paralegals, and other communications professionals, this course analyzes the rights and responsibilities of the media.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 423.1
Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 423.2
Continue progress on a book length memoir by generating new work and developing strong self-editing skills.
Format: Online
WRITING X 423.3
Write or revise up to 2 chapters of a memoir in this advanced workshop focused on sustaining progress and polishing existing work.
WRITING X 424.7E
Make considerable progress on a memoir project when you spend two weekends generating new writing and supportive feedback from similarly committed writers.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 424.6E

Get your creative juices flowing with this focused weekend workshop that helps you jump-start work on several new pieces of creative nonfiction writing.

WRITING X 424.8E
Learn the nuts and bolts of storytelling in this workshop that helps nonfiction writers learn techniques of writing powerful stories.
WRITING X 424.9E

Discover rich writing prompts from your daily life in this course designed to spark creativity and inspire new work.

Format: Online
FILM TV X 432.67
Take a finished screenplay draft to the next level in this workshop for advanced students seeking input to polish their project and send it out into the world.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 420
Learn the basics of writing nonfiction in this short introductory course.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 411.1

Start writing your novel in this workshop; guiding you through the building blocks of great books while teaching you essential tools for fiction writing.

Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 411.2
Continue progress on your novel by deepening your understanding of craft as you work scene-by-scene through your book.
Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 411.3
Make significant progress on your novel draft in this workshop where you refine character, story, and the emotional resonance of your story.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 411.4
Enter the home stretch on writing your novel with this advanced course that helps you address your entire book and prepare for the revision processes.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 411.5
Refine your manuscript into a polished novel as you work closely with peer writers and a master instructor to elevate your work to a professional level.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 439.22
Network and cable one-hour dramas have never been better, and the key to creating a strong hour-long spec script--regardless of the genre or outlet—is an airtight story and outline. In this…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 422.1
Learn to write humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs about your life in this introductory course.
WRITING X 422.2
Expand your knowledge of what makes personal essays strong in this course for those familiar with personal essay basics.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 424.16E
Dive in to writing personal essays in this two-weekend intensive workshop that shows you the basics and then empowers you to craft your own work.
WRITING X 441.1
Learn the basics of writing picture books for children in this introductory workshop.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 441.2
Take your picture book writing to the next level with this intermediate course for writers with a basic understanding of the genre.
FILM TV X 433.89
In television, you invite characters and their world into your living room to share the couch. They become your friends. You invite them back in on a regular basis because you have bonded with them:…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 432.9E

Use classic films noir as inspiration for your own poems highlighting themes, moods, and signature imagery from the genre.

Format: Classroom
WRITING X 431.1
Learn the basic techniques of poetry writing in this introductory course combining writing exercises and and workshopping.
WRITING X 431.2
Refine your knowledge of poetry while expanding your craft techniques in this workshop for writers with previous experience writing poems.
WRITING X 432.2E
Find ways to address social issues in this course that helps you identify ways poetry can respond to current events and unite people around individual perspectives.
WRITING X 461.2E
Approach writing from a variety of perspectives to discover new ideas, techniques, and skills in this workshop for writers of all genres.
Format: Online
WRITING X 432.7E
Explore contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms while drawing inspiration from the work of outstanding contemporary poets.
JOURN X 432
This practical course covers the foundation of writing a good publishable news story, feature or profile. Emphasizes critical skills for careers or freelancers in public relations or broadcast, print, and online journalism.
Format: Online
JOURN X 452
An introduction to how major networks prepare the news and use digital journalism to inform the world, this course exposes you to how networks gather the news and then create content for our emerging digital universe.
FILM TV X 431.11

Develop a toolbox of practical techniques for diagnosing what works and what doesn’t in your completed script draft, and prepare a strategy to revise and rewrite.

Format: Classroom
WRITING X 412.1
Learn the basics of writing short fiction in this introductory course covering the building blocks of good storytelling.
Format: Online
WRITING X 412.2
Create two new short stories in this workshop for writers familiar with short story basics.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 412.3
Complete two new short stories in this intensive workshop for experienced short story writers.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 435.85WS
How do you create a narrative dramatic series, sell it, and have the series made, all while keeping your vision a priority in every aspect of the creative process? This is the role of the Showrunner…
Format: Classroom
FILM TV 785.56
Join a panel of current TV showrunners, writers and producers as they describe their paths to success, and guide you through the process of crafting a successful and commercially viable one-hour…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 424.3E
Find stories from your life to turn into written works in this encouraging course that focuses on generating new work instead of revising and critiquing.
WRITING X 413.9E
Kickstart your imagination with this introductory course on writing beyond the ordinary and in alternate realities.
WRITING X 432.5E
This introductory two-weekend course lets you immerse yourself in spoken word poetry, leading up to a final performance by members of the class.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 413.1E
Develop a solid premise and sketch out your story's structure with the goal of completing a six-page detailed synopsis that you can use to complete a draft of your novel.
Format: Online
WRITING X 424.12E
Learn the fundamentals of live storytelling in this introductory workshop for writers who want to move from page to stage.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 432.1
Get insider tips on how to identify the best managers and agents who can take your career to the next level.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 433.99
Take a TV pilot script from concept to completion in this intensive workshop for just 8 students.
Format: Classroom
JOURN X 428
Study elements of TV journalism, concentrating on news gathering and how to cover an on-the-spot news story with cameras.

 

WRITING X 432.8E

Learn how a poem’s form can elevate its impact as you experiment with and ultimately invent your own forms.

Format: Online
JOURN X 439
This course develops the research, interviewing, analysis, and writing skills necessary to generate the data, anecdotes, and character details necessary to tell compelling stories.
WRITING X 461.18E
This course investigates ways of transforming your real-life stories into powerful fiction. What's the difference between anecdotes--important to you alone--and strong, autonomous fiction that…
FILM TV 776.5
Get practical advice on positioning yourself and your writing for a successful career in feature film and TV writing.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 424.19E

Develop the building blocks of a cookbook proposal as you learn what it takes to craft the cookbook of your dreams.

Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 434.19
It’s become a challenge to get film and television executives to read your material, especially if you’re an unproduced writer. Whether your project is a feature film or television pilot,…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 461.17E

Develop a deeper authenticity in your writing by learning how to blend lived experiences with imagined realities.

Format: Classroom
WRITING X 471.1
Learn the basics of writing for video games in this course covering foundation ideas in narrative design and collaboration.
Format: Online
JOURN X 411
Designed for those with who have little or no prior experience in online production, you learn the process of creating, managing, and styling a professional and interactive hyperlocal news site, blog, or portfolio.
WRITING X 413.10E
Learn the five steps to take before writing that will bring your key plot elements to life, drive it forward, and give it meaning.
WRITING X 413.6E
This ambitious workshop guides you to achieve the unthinkable: a novel draft in just 10 weeks.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 413.7E
Dive right into to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with this workshop designed to help you achieve success with pre- and post-November activities.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 430.5
Get an overview of the entire animation script writing process from concept to completion.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 478.39
Learn how studios review and approve screenplays as you get hands-on experience in the critical art of writing coverage on scripts.
Format: Online
WRITING X 413.12E
For writers familiar with traditional fiction writing, this course helps you learn innovative techniques for writing unconventional stories that invigorate your readers.
WRITING X 461.12EWS
Improve and elevate your work scene by scene in this intensive workshop focused on writing and rewriting work from novels, short stories, essays, and memoir.
Format: Classroom
WRITING 760.1
Join a small group of committed writers for four full days of uninterrupted writing time, craft talks, and camaraderie in the idyllic setting of UCLA's Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.
WRITING X 411.1WS
Start writing your novel in this workshop guiding you through the building blocks of great books while teaching you essential tools for fiction writing.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 433.25
Learning to write a screenplay is a process, and to do it well can take years of practice. This workshop offers 2 tried-and-true ways to make a lot of progress in a short period of time as you: 1)…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 423.1WS
Humorous coincidences, extreme trauma, famous exploits--these are often mistaken as the ingredients necessary for memoir writing. Not true. The real work of memoir is about turning life into…
Format: Classroom
WRITING 741.1E
Get practical advice on writing and publishing a picture book in this course featuring real-world insight from successful authors.
JOURN X 457.4
Discover how writing for advocacy can be memorable, provocative, and persuasive--all while developing your own unique voice in the 21st century multimedia environment. Knowledge of AP style strongly recommended.
WRITING X 461.14E
Explore the erotic as a genre as you learn to incorporate writing about sex and sexuality artfully into your writing, no matter its subject.
JOURN X 445
This practical course emphasizes the development of writing and reporting skills, and tailoring articles to suitable markets.
FILM TV X 440A
Learn how to write a screenplay by developing a compelling story and tackling a feature film script outline in this first course of a four-course sequence.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 440B
Building on your outline from the first course in the feature film sequence, continue to learn how to write a screenplay by completing the first act of your film script.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 440C
Tackle writing the second act of your script and learn powerful creative techniques in our third course in the screenwriting sequence.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 440D
Finish the third act of your feature film script and learn revision tactics in our fourth and final basic screenwriting course.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 431.7
Learn how to write a TV script in this course that takes you from half-hour pilot idea to beat sheet and the first 10 pages of your script.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 442.1

Develop the world, characters, tone, and story engine for an original TV series before developing an outline and your script's first act.

Format: Online | Classroom
FILM TV X 433.7
Turn your TV pilot outline into a complete script with a vivid storyworld with complex characters.
Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 422.1WS
The personal essay inspires both readers and writers to discover new perspectives for looking at the world, understanding their own lives, and discovering meaning in even those moments that without…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 424.15E
Learn to write provocative pieces on current events and trends in this workshop devoted to crafting powerful essays.
WRITING X 445.1WS
Whether you have a burning desire to write a novel for young people or are just interested in learning about this genre, this workshop teaches you all the elements that go into creating compelling…
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 445.1
Learn about writing for young adults as you complete an outline and first chapter of a novel.
Format: Online
WRITING X 445.2
Continue progress on a young adult novel in this course focusing on diving deeper into an analysis of your story's elements, while workshop feedback helps you improve from draft to draft.
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