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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 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.
WRITING X 462.3WS
Learn how richly drawn characters are the key to fostering compelling conflict in this reading- and exercise-based workshop.
Format: Hybrid
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?…
Format: Online
SCRIPT X 422.1WS
Learn to create a successful sitcom in this intensive workshop exploring how to craft powerful half-hour pilots for television.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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 | Remote Instruction
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.
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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: Online
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.
Format: Hybrid
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: 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.
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.
Format: Online
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.
WRITING 762.9E
Use the rich storehouse of your memories to develop poems brought to life with sensory details in a workshop designed for writers brand new to poetry or continuing their study.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
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: Remote Instruction
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
You have the dream—I've always wanted to write a children's picture book. But ... how? This inspiring class offers you practical tools to help you realize that dream. It includes…
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: 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.
WRITING X 424.24E
Enhance your understanding of and skills in writing literary journalism in this course blending reportage with powerful storytelling
Format: Online
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: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 423.2
Continue progress on a book length memoir by generating new work and developing strong self-editing skills.
Format: Online | Remote Instruction
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 463.8E
This course integrates the learning of introductory mindfulness practices with the opportunity to produce innovative creative work by working with the language that emerges through these practices.…
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 424.8E
Learn the nuts and bolts of storytelling in this workshop that helps nonfiction writers learn techniques of writing powerful stories.
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: Remote Instruction
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
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: Remote Instruction | Online
WRITING X 422.3
This advanced workshop helps you polish existing essay drafts into powerful pieces suitable for publication.
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
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.
Format: Online
WRITING X 431.3
In this advanced workshop, you choose a specific project (for example, linked sequences of poems, such as prose or sonnets, or a deep examination of imagery and/or metaphor) upon which to focus…
WRITING 762.11E
Poets utilize the idea of Self-Portrait both creatively and critically as a means to explore their culture(s), histories and communities. A feeling of Belonging in a larger collective sense–…
WRITING X 432.1E
Learn to harness popular culture to fuel your writing and respond to social and political events.
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.
Format: Online
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 432.14E
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
This three-hour workshop explores the boundaries of poetry as a genre. We examine how story structure, music, and imagination allow us to construct and discuss poems, and discover how the…
WRITING X 432.7E
Explore contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms while drawing inspiration from the work of outstanding contemporary poets.
WRITING X 413.15E
Rework your completed novel draft by exploring the art and craft of novel writing and getting constructive in-class critique.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 414.1E
Start writing your romance novel in this introductory course covering plot, structure, and industry guidelines.
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
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
WRITING X 413.9E
Kickstart your imagination with this introductory course on writing beyond the ordinary and in alternate realities.
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 X 424.12WS
Learn the fundamentals of live storytelling in this introductory workshop for writers who want to move from page to stage.
Format: Hybrid
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.
Format: Hybrid
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…
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 463.7E
Learn to apply concepts that make stories powerful and memorable in this course exploring what readers can’t resist.
Format: Online
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.
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 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.
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.
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 463.1E
Join a community of motivated women writers in this workshop designed to help you explore and share your stories.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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 461.4E
Turn your memories of travel into powerful explorations of emotional and intellectual journeys.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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
WRITING X 424.23
Learn to express your most difficult lived experiences in this course focused on turning pain into art
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Hybrid
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.
Format: Remote Instruction
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.
Format: Hybrid
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.
Format: Online
WRITING X 413.5E
Learn about the horror genre and develop an outline and first chapter for your project in this workshop suitable for beginners.
Format: Online
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.
Format: Hybrid
WRITING X 424.25E
Learn to write professional-level critiques of movies, TV, books, and other art as you develop your critical eye and build language that captures your perspective.
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 445.1
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.
Format: Online
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