Literary Representation

Develop the essential skills literary agents need to identify talent, develop manuscripts, and sell their clients’ work to editors in this groundbreaking professional training program.

Who this is perfect for...

  • Passionate readers who seek a career that nourishes their interests
  • Editors and publishers who want to change careers but continue working with writers and books
  • Writers seeking a career that fuels their own creativity while championing others’
  • Go-getters who want to build their own business from the ground up

What you can learn.

  • Break down an agent agreement, including legal requirements and protections for agents and authors
  • Identify how to improve an author’s manuscript to increase your chances of selling it
  • Get a feel for the landscape of publishing to identify key relationships, from writers you want to represent to editors at publishing houses
  • Help authors build their brand and take advantage of opportunities to raise their artistic profiles

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
Typically Offered: Fall
Typically Offered: Fall
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Elective Course
Students must complete 1 elective course.
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Exclusive benefits for certificate students:

  • Receive advance notice of upcoming Writers’ Program courses and enroll before the general public each quarter
  • Receive preferential placement on wait lists
  • Interact, network, and share writing tips with fellow certificate program students through the Writers’ Program Certificate Students closed group Facebook page
  • Participate in a UCLA Extension-wide graduation ceremony at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall and receive a certificate bearing the UCLA gold seal
  • Gain free membership in the UCLA Alumni Association, plus discounts on future Extension courses
  • Qualify for a Bruin Card* which can be used as a student ID for discounted movie tickets and bus passes and as a fee-free debit card at various locations on campus and in Westwood Village
  • Enjoy recreation privileges* on the UCLA campus
  • Access to BruinView,* the UCLA Career Center online job board
  • Access to InsideTrack* where you receive individualized online career coaching


*Nominal fee required

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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