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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…
WRITING X 441.4
This six week workshop is for writers and/or illustrators who want to explore the written and visual aspects of creating a picture book. We will cover picture book manuscript structure, memory,…
WRITING X 462.3
Learn how richly drawn characters are the key to fostering compelling conflict in this reading- and exercise-based workshop.
Format: Online
WRITING X 413.2E
Get expert guidance in planning your mystery or suspense novel as you learn the fundamentals of crime writing.
WRITING X 461.13E
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: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 463.5E
Write the difficult truths of these times in this workshop that helps you tell the stories of how we survive.
WRITING 762.6E
Turn singularly or globally catastrophic events into meaningful literature in this course that guides you through writing thoughtfully and sensitively about disasters.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 461.21E
Vivid, complex characters are the heart of good fiction. Whether you choose to render your characters through spare details or extensive description, you need to know them thoroughly. In this weekend…
WRITING 761.2E
Bring your story to life with this indepth analysis of what makes characters complex, compelling, and memorable.
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?…
Format: Online
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: Remote Instruction
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: Hybrid
WRITING X 421.3
Polish your memoir and personal essay collections in this advanced workshop for students with works-in-progress.
WRITING X 463.4E
Deepen your writing practice and develop compassionate self-editing techniques in this workshop designed to help you silence the inner critic and release the stories within.
WRITING 762.2E
Snap to attention in this practical workshop that helps you craft a productive writing practice, complete with short-term plans for success.
WRITING X 460
Reflect on your experience in the Certificate in Creative Writing program in this course that guides you in gathering a portfolio of your work and summary of your learning.
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
WRITING X 432.3E
Vivify and tighten your poetry or prose by learning techniques and strategies to hold the moment in narrative poetry.
WRITING X 404
Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.
WRITING 704
Develop powerful writing habits in this class designed to help you take steps to becoming a disciplined, motivated, and successful writer.
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…
WRITING X 463.2E
Expand the horizon of your storytelling by learning about global traditions and approaches to narrative.
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 X 461.1E
Learn how to create writing that triggers emotional responses in your reader. Great for beginning and intermediate writers.
WRITING X 410
Learn the basics of writing fiction, from dialogue to description, in this supportive and informative workshop.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 461.8E
Learn to find inspiration from a variety of sources in this course for writers who need to jumpstart their creativity.
Format: Online
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.
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.
WRITING X 413.11E
Bring order out of chaos when you articulate all your impulses, ideas, and innovations for your novel into a coherent proposal guiding you to finish the next draft.
Format: Online
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 461.3E
Explore gay men's experiences in a safe, encouraging workshop environment of peers as you craft compelling fiction and nonfiction.
WRITING 744.1E
Develop a compelling idea for your middle grade book in this foundational workshop for new writers.
WRITING X 444.1N
Original concepts are some of the rarest and most powerful tools in a middle grade novel writer's arsenal. This workshop guides middle grade writers through concept generation, analysis, and…
WRITING X 424.5E
Find out how to become a professional nonfiction writer in this career-focused course for beginning writers.
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 790.1
Learn about the various types of MFA programs and what they look for in prospective students.
WRITING 761.7E
The creative process abounds in mystery: Where do our ideas come from? Why is inspiration sometimes elusive? Are there strategies for improving access to creativity? This one-day workshop addresses…
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.
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: Remote Instruction
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: Remote Instruction
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 761.5E
Convert your inner critic into your inner champion in this course for writers who struggle with self-doubt, motivation, and feeling worthy.
WRITING X 455.3EWS
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to communications with a focus on personal branding, public relations, and marketing. Aspiring authors or literary agents learn about the work of a…
WRITING X 421.4
Review and reimagine your creative nonfiction book manuscript in this three-quarter course for students revising their work toward finding and agent and submitting to publishers.
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
WRITING X 423.1
Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
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 424.6E
Get your creative juices flowing with this focused weekend workshop that helps you jump-start work on several new pieces of creative nonfiction writing.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING 762.3E
Complete guiding writing exercises to help you on two new pieces of writing in this poetry workshop for absolute beginners.
Format: Remote Instruction
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
WRITING 721.3E
Get an overview of opportunities to write and publish nonfiction in this course designed for beginners new to the genre.
WRITING X 420
Learn the basics of writing nonfiction in this short introductory course.
Format: 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: Remote Instruction | 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: Remote Instruction | 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
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.
WRITING X 463.6E
Find the form and genre your story should take in this workshop guiding you to think outside your routine and discover untapped resources within.
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: Online
WRITING X 422.3
This advanced workshop helps you polish existing essay drafts into powerful pieces suitable for publication.
Format: Online
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.
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.
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.
WRITING X 432.13E
Perfect the art of reading poetry aloud in this practical, experiential workshop for writers of all levels.
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 432.11E
Learn to write at the intersection of prose and poetry in this workshop devoted to the imaginative and innovative possibilities in writing poetry without line breaks.
WRITING X 432.7E
Explore contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms while drawing inspiration from the work of outstanding contemporary poets.
WRITING X 414.1E
Start writing your romance novel in this introductory course covering plot, structure, and industry guidelines.
Format: Online
WRITING X 414.2E
Make substantial progress on a romance novel draft in this course for students who have completed Romance Writing I.
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
WRITING X 412.1
Learn the basics of writing short fiction in this introductory course covering the building blocks of good storytelling.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
WRITING X 412.2
Create two new short stories in this workshop for writers familiar with short story basics.
Format: Remote Instruction | Online
WRITING X 412.3
Complete two new short stories in this intensive workshop for experienced short story writers.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 461.20E
Learn to break through writer’s block and get to the heart of what inspires you to write.
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: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 424.22N
Create a plan for your nonfiction project in this course designed to help you identify your story and use the right tools to bring it to life.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 424.22E
Create a plan for your nonfiction project in this course designed to help you identify your story and use the right tools to bring it to life.
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 721.2E
Identify your own unforgettable personal story suitable for writing or performing before a live audience.
WRITING X 424.12E
Learn the fundamentals of live storytelling in this introductory workshop for writers who want to move from page to stage.
WRITING X 424.21E
Craft your passion for justice through urgent stories that address pressing social issues in this course.
Format: Online
WRITING X 461.22EWS
Get to the heart of the story you want to tell by applying techniques from dramatic structure and the hero's journey in this workshop for writers of all levels.
WRITING 714.1E
The romance writing industry has responded to the demand for more diverse storytelling and greater accessibility to underrepresented authors with mentorship programs and open submission periods for…
WRITING X 413.14E
Jumpstart your mystery novel with this course designed to teach you the basics before you set off the solve the crime.
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
WRITING X 432.12E
This workshop engages students in the processes of both creation and revision with the goal of evolving drafts into striking, accomplished poems.  Imagery, pacing, line-breaks, compression and…
WRITING X 461.23
All writers conduct research, and every genre benefits from systematic query and investigation. Whether gathering family stories via oral history, re-walking Paul Revere’s path for a dystopian…
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 762.7E
Focus on forging a vivid world in this one-day workshop exploring how to make your setting as vibrant as your characters.
WRITING X 461.5E
Dive deep into the creative process in this workshop devoted to helping you fall in love with the act of writing.
WRITING X 461.5N
Dive deep into the creative process in this workshop devoted to helping you fall in love with the act of writing.
WRITING 761.8E
Food is a fact of life, a universal shared culture, and amongst our most intimate concerns. For the hungry writer, it is also a vast storehouse packed with a lifetime supply of possibilities for…
WRITING 700.1
Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn from today's most exciting YA writers in a convenient virtual conference of prerecorded lectures and panels.
Format: Online
WRITING 762.1E
Learn to translate literature into English in this workshop designed for writers with even just a simple understanding of a foreign language.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 461.25
Learn to translate literature into English in this workshop designed for writers with even just a simple understanding of a foreign language.
WRITING X 424.4E
Apply the techniques of evocative writing to place-based works while learning the skills of the professional travel writers
WRITING X 461.17E
Develop a deeper authenticity in your writing by learning how to blend lived experiences with imagined realities.
WRITING X 461.19E
Invigorate your prose writing by learning techniques and strategies that energize your vocabulary, description, and imagery.
WRITING X 463.3E
Learn how to capitalize on your tacit or learned knowledge in this course on using fact-based information in creative writing.
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 463.1E
Join a community of motivated women writers in this workshop designed to help you explore and share your stories.
WRITING 762.4E
Use works of visual art as your prompt for writing new work as you examine how published writers have used this technique in recent history.
Format: Remote Instruction
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 790.3
The Certificate Resource Session offers certificate students detailed information on how to navigate their curriculum, enroll in courses, submit to advanced classes, and complete the program, as well…
WRITING 790.2
The Writers’ Program New Student Orientation provides information for new or newly enrolled students. This is an opportunity for students interested in the Writers’ Program to learn more…
WRITING 790
Learn about how the Writers’ Program can help you achieve your writing goals in this informative, interactive session that includes an opportunity for advising.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
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 762.5E
Learn how to write poetry for very young readers in this workshop for absolute beginners.
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 424.20E
Try out a variety of nonfiction writing forms in this class for students with a goal to sell their writing for publication.
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.
SCRIPT X 410.1WS
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.
WRITING X 446.3E
Continue to develop your skills in children’s writing in this workshop that helps you dive deeper into your genre and develop powerful stories through workshopping.
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.
WRITING X 413.4E
This course expands the study of science fiction and fantasy writing to include both short and novel-length fiction. Infusing a narrative with originality and fantastic literature's…
WRITING X 411.2E
Start or make progress on a novel project in this course for writers just getting started and those continuing on their way.
WRITING X 413.5E
The horror novel is on one of its upswings, and America has a huge interest in vampires, zombies, paranormal activity, and Lovecraftian cosmic horror.  Horror is both highbrow (Penguin Classic…
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: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
WRITING X 445.1N
Spark your young adult novel draft in this course designed to give you an overview of the genre and the support you need to make progress on your draft.
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