Field of Study Home

Writing & Journalism

Courses
Filter
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.
WRITING X 413.8E
Before an agent ever gets hold of your novel, you must go through numerous revisions to present your best possible effort. As F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, writing is rewriting, and the story of…
FILM TV X 432.5
Get individualized feedback on your script in progress in this workshop for advanced screenwriting students.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 487.65

Learn the television landscape featuring shows by and for women in this class designed to help you leverage your unique voice to tell these essential stories.

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
WRITING 751.3E
Get the inside scoop on our publishers turn manuscripts into books through the expert work of editors.
Format: Classroom
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.
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.
WRITING X 451.1
Learn copyediting best practices as you develop skills in this area critical to writing, editing, and publishing.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 433.71
Learn to create characters audiences will love and remember in this workshop for beginning and intermediate film and TV writers.
Format: Online
WRITING 761.2E
Bring your story to life with this indepth analysis of what makes characters complex, compelling, and memorable.
FILM TV X 430.24I
Upgrade your script with scenes that hang together in compelling sequences using the most powerful techniques at a screenwriter's' disposal.
WRITING X 413.3E
How do you introduce an alien environment, create an alternate timeline or magical realm, and then populate it with characters whose problems matter to its readers--all in 5,000 words or less?…
FILM TV X 430.41
Learn to create a successful sitcom in this intensive workshop exploring how to craft powerful half-hour pilots for television.
FILM TV X 435.8WS
Get a crash course in creating powerful one-hour pilots in this intensive class that covers all the basics of writing original stories for television.
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 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: Online
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.
ENGL XL 138
Learn screenplay structure and the elements of storytelling for the movies as you develop a feature film treatment and 10 pages of your script.
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
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 432.3E
Write resonant poems rich with narrative using the techniques of hybrid writing explored in this course
WRITING X 404
Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 451.2
Learn to review written works to suggest line edits and substantial thematic revisions in this introductory course.
Format: Classroom
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.
WRITING X 462.1
This is a reading and exercise-based class designed to explore and practice dialogue, voice, and point-of-view in fiction and creative nonfiction. Each week, we will read sample fiction and creative…
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.
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.
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: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 410
Learn the basics of writing fiction, from dialogue to description, in this supportive and informative workshop.
Format: Online | Classroom
WRITING X 403
Experiment with different sources for stories, such as life experiences, news articles, interviews, history, and mythology, and use in-class exercises to discover the best ways to tell them.
Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 461.15E
Learn to listen for your own writing voice and complete exercises that help it emerge.
WRITING X 402
Explore the basics of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in this introductory course for beginning writers searching for their unique voice.
Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Online
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.
WRITING X 461.3E
Explore gay men's experiences in a safe, encouraging workshop environment of peers as you craft compelling fiction and nonfiction.
FILM TV X 439.31

Develop story documents and an outline for a script for an existing TV series in this intensive two-weekend workshop.

Format: Classroom
WRITING 744.1E
Develop a compelling idea for your middle grade book in this foundational workshop for new writers.
Format: Classroom
FILM TV X 433.77

Ensure your story follows real world protocols and practices in this course dedicated to enhancing the realism and believability of your story.

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.
Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Online
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 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.
Format: Classroom
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
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.
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.
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.
WRITING X 423.1
Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
Format: 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.
Format: Online
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.
WRITING X 420
Learn the basics of writing nonfiction in this short introductory course.
Format: Classroom | Online
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: Online | Classroom
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
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: Classroom
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
FILM TV X 439.23
Turn your existing one-hour script outline into a script draft as you learn about the television industry from guest speakers in this fast-paced, intensive workshop.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 422.1
Learn to write humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs about your life in this introductory course.
Format: Online
WRITING X 422.2
Expand your knowledge of what makes personal essays strong in this course for those familiar with personal essay basics.
Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 422.3
This advanced workshop helps you polish existing essay drafts into powerful pieces suitable for publication.
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.
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.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 433.79

Learn to distill your feature film idea into a variety of pitch formats while ensuring you understand where your story fits in the greater marketplace and artistic landscape.

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.
WRITING X 431.1
Learn the basic techniques of poetry writing in this introductory course combining writing exercises and and workshopping.
Format: Online
WRITING X 431.2
Refine your knowledge of poetry while expanding your craft techniques in this workshop for writers with previous experience writing poems.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 432.10E
Build up your writing skills in this crash course covering the most essential and most effective tools, from imagery to sound, from the poet’s toolbox that can be applied to writing of all kinds.
Format: Online
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.
Format: Online
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: Classroom
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.
WRITING X 414.1E
Start writing your romance novel in this introductory course covering plot, structure, and industry guidelines.
Format: Online
FILM TV X 431.77
Learn the techniques of character-driven storytelling in this workshop focusing on the most in-demand skills for today's TV writers.
WRITING X 462.2
Focus on the critical skills of setting and description in this reading- and exercise-based workshop designed to improve your technique in fiction and nonfiction
Format: Online
WRITING X 412.1
Learn the basics of writing short fiction in this introductory course covering the building blocks of good storytelling.
Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 412.2
Create two new short stories in this workshop for writers familiar with short story basics.
Format: Classroom | Online
WRITING X 412.3
Complete two new short stories in this intensive workshop for experienced short story writers.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 435.85WS
Get a thorough overview of the role of a showrunner in this intensive workshop that prepares you for success in the television industry.
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.
FILM TV 733.999

Dive into the exciting and diverse world of podcasting with this one-day course to teach you the basics.

Format: Classroom
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.
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.
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.
FILM TV X 433.584
Dive into pilot writing with this course exploring the balance between the business and creative sides of TV series development.
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.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 432.8E
Learn how a poem's form can elevate its impact as you experiment with and ultimately invent your own forms.
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
Learn to turn real life events into complete, compelling stories readers will love in this workshop exploring the complex art of crafting fiction from your own experiences.
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.
WRITING X 461.5E
Too often writers value the completion of a new work over the process itself. In this intensive workshop, you study and celebrate the creative process of writing through a series of weekly and…
FILM TV X 430.72
We are all familiar with the motion picture or TV drama whose plot falls nicely into place like pieces of a puzzle, logical in every way, yet unmoving; its meaning unexpressed; its promise…
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.
WRITING X 424.4E
Apply the techniques of evocative writing to place-based works while learning the skills of the professional travel writers
Format: Online
WRITING X 461.17E
Develop a deeper authenticity in your writing by learning how to blend lived experiences with imagined realities.
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.
FILM TV 786.56
Get the inside scoop on landing one of these coveted fellowship awards that help writers break into the TV writing business.
Format: Classroom
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.
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.
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.
FILM TV X 430.73
Elevate your comedy writing by incorporating techniques from improv in this course for beginners looking for an edge.
Format: Classroom
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.
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.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
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 424.20E
Try out a variety of nonfiction writing forms in this class for students with a goal to sell their writing for publication.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 411.1WS
Start writing your first novel in this supportive workshop that helps you identify your story and craft the first chapter of your book.
FILM TV X 433.25
Jumpstart your first feature film project in this intensive workshop that will help you refine your story, craft an outline, and teach you screenplay structure.
WRITING X 423.1WS
Turn your life into art in this supportive, encouraging intensive workshop where you develop a unique and compelling book based on your lived experience.
WRITING 741.1E
Get practical advice on writing and publishing a picture book in this course featuring real-world insight from successful authors.
Format: Classroom
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.
FILM TV 731.67

Get an overview of writing television for younger audiences in this one-day course.

Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Online
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 up the next 45 pages of your script and learn powerful creative techniques in our third course in the screenwriting sequence.
Format: Online | Classroom
FILM TV X 440D
Finish your feature film script and learn revision tactics in our fourth and final basic screenwriting course.
Format: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 432.6B
A key component of every television writing portfolio is an original writing sample which illustrates both the "voice" and saleable capabilities of a new writer. This workshop guides you to…
Format: Classroom
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 432.7

Finish your half-hour pilot script as you rework, refine, and revise your progress made until you reach the end.

Format: Online
FILM TV X 432.4B
For advanced writers, this course teaches you to craft a series-ready one hour pilot with vivid characters in a fully realized story world.
Format: Classroom
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: Classroom | Online
FILM TV X 442.2

Carry your pilot script across the finish line in this workshop focused on helping you fix story problems, maximize drama, and write to the end.

Format: Online
FILM TV X 433.7
Turn your TV pilot outline into a complete script with a vivid storyworld with complex characters.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 422.1WS
Learn the basics of the personal essay form, generate ideas for essay topics, and complete at least one solid draft in this intensive workshop.
WRITING X 424.15E
Learn to write provocative pieces on current events and trends in this workshop devoted to crafting powerful essays.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 445.1WS
Start writing your book for teens in this intensive workshop, where you'll learn all the techniques you need to reach this audience while developing your story idea and first chapter.
WRITING 745.1E
Dive into the young adult novel in this intensive one-day course including exercises, discussions of successful novels, and an opportunity to develop a first chapter.
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.
Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Writing & Journalism

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