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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 463.9E
Get tips and guidance on how to craft competitive applications for opportunities that provide time to write and recognition for your work.
Format: Online
WRITING 762.13E
Explore how to break in to writing for young readers in this seminar giving you a good foundation in what kids want and need at various age levels.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 412.4
Learn to build a compelling short story collection in this course that helps you pull together your own story drafts into a cohesive collection.
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 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.
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 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?…
SCRIPT X 422.1WS
Learn to create a successful sitcom in this intensive workshop exploring how to craft powerful half-hour pilots for television.
SCRIPT X 422.3WS
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: Remote Instruction
WRITING 761.9E
Discover inspiring ways to write about food in this brief workshop designed to activate your senses and tantalize your readers.
WRITING X 421.1
Discover the varied forms of creative nonfiction from memoir to personal essay and beyond in this introductory course.
Format: Online | Hybrid
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.
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Online
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 451.2WS
Learn to review written works to suggest line edits and substantial thematic revisions in this introductory course.
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 read sample fiction and creative…
Format: Remote Instruction
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: 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.
Format: Online
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 461.3E
Explore gay men's experiences in a safe, encouraging workshop environment of peers as you craft compelling fiction and nonfiction.
WRITING X 417.1E
Learn about the horror genre and develop an outline and first chapter for your project in this workshop suitable for beginners.
WRITING X 424.5E
Find out how to become a professional nonfiction writer in this career-focused course for beginning writers.
WRITING 763.2E
Learn how to submit your work for publication in literary magazines in this practical workshop with advice, techniques, and resources to help you.
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.
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 741.2E
Learn how to start writing picture books in this basic workshop for absolute beginners.
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.
WRITING X 464.2E
Explore themes, ideas, and experiences drawn from LGBTQ lives in this workshop designed for writers from LGBTQ+ communities
Format: Online
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 424.24E
Enhance your understanding of and skills in writing literary journalism in this course blending reportage with powerful storytelling
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 423.1
Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
WRITING X 423.2
Continue progress on a book length memoir by generating new work and developing strong self-editing skills.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 423.3
Make significant progress on your memoir draft in this workshop where you refine structure, theme, and honing the author's unique voice.
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 X 444.1
Shape your novel idea for 8-12 year-old readers into a solid synopsis and outline as you work to generate the first two chapters.
Format: Online
WRITING X 463.8E
Invigorate your writing practice by employing mindfulness techniques to unleash language and ideas for writing of all kinds.
WRITING X 415.1E
Start your mystery novel in this course that grounds you in the genre’s basics and helps you craft a compelling story.
WRITING X 415.2E
Continue your mystery novel draft in progress with lectures, discussions, and workshops that deepen your 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 | Remote Instruction
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: Remote Instruction
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: Remote Instruction
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 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 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: Online
WRITING X 431.3
Focus on a specific project of folio of work in this workshop for poets ready for advanced workshopping and revision.
WRITING 762.11E
Learn how poets apply the concept of the self-portrait to their work and begin your own drafts.
WRITING X 432.1E
Learn to harness popular culture to fuel your writing and respond to social and political events.
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.
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 432.14E
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 762.12E
Learn what makes a prose poem a prose poem and how to employ the possibilities of this form.
WRITING 700.4
Join instructors from the Writers’ Program as they read from their recent publications in this beloved annual tradition.
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 416.1E
Start your sci fi or fantasy novel off right with this course that helps you build your world and start telling your story.
Format: Online
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
SCRIPT X 426.1WS
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 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: Hybrid
WRITING X 462.4
Work to amplify the impact of your plot in telling your story in this technique workshop using readings and discussion to further your craft.
WRITING 721.2E
Identify your own unforgettable personal story suitable for writing or performing before a live audience.
WRITING X 424.21E
Craft your passion for justice through urgent stories that address pressing social issues in this course.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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…
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Online
WRITING X 463.7E
Learn to apply concepts that make stories powerful and memorable in this course exploring what readers can’t resist.
Format: Online
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: Hybrid
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.
Format: Hybrid
WRITING 763.1E
Develop a plan for how to be a travel writer without leaving your house by mining your memory of past travel and looking at your home community as a destination.
WRITING 764.1
Explore how you can leverage your voice as a person of color to craft powerful, compelling, and resonant pieces of writing.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 464.1
Join a community of writers of color exploring how storytelling capturing your lived experiences fits into a rich global tradition of writing.
WRITING X 464.3E
Explore writing in the genres of your choices in this workshop designed to address the concerns and experiences of women of color.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 463.1E
Join a community of motivated women writers in this workshop designed to help you explore and share your stories.
WRITING 762.10E
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
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.
Format: Online
WRITING 762.5E
Learn how to write poetry for very young readers in this workshop for absolute beginners.
Format: Remote Instruction
SCRIPT X 415.1WS
Upgrade your script with scenes that hang together in compelling sequences using the most powerful techniques at a screenwriter's' disposal.
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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 791.2
Learn what makes your funding application stand out among many others in a competitive field
Format: Remote Instruction
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 424.15E
Learn to write provocative pieces on current events and trends in this workshop devoted to crafting powerful essays.
WRITING X 445.1
Learn about writing for young adults as you complete an outline and first chapter of a novel.
Format: Remote Instruction
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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