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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 424.10E
Spend two full days learning the basics of memoir writing and leave class with an understanding of your path forward.
WRITING 751.3E
Get the inside scoop on our publishers turn manuscripts into books through the expert work of editors.
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.
Format: Classroom
WRITING X 451.1
Learn copyediting best practices as you develop skills in this area critical to writing, editing, and publishing.
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.

Format: Classroom
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.

Format: Classroom
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.

Format: Classroom
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: Classroom
WRITING X 424.17E

Tap into the secrets of the creative mind through yoga and meditation techniques designed to unlock your subconscious and release new ideas.

WRITING X 421.1
Discover the varied forms of creative nonfiction from memoir to personal essay and beyond in this introductory course.
Format: Classroom
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.
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: Online
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.

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Format: Online
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
Write resonant poems rich with narrative using the techniques of hybrid writing explored in this course
Format: Online
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 X 451.2
Learn to review written works to suggest line edits and substantial thematic revisions in this introductory course.
Format: Online
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 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.
Format: Online
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
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 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.

Format: Online
WRITING 744.1E
Develop a compelling idea for your middle grade book in this foundational workshop for new writers.
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.
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.
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: 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.

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 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.

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
Format: Hybrid
WRITING X 423.1
Find the right true story to tell in this foundational class in writing book-length memoirs.
Format: Online
WRITING X 423.2
Continue progress on a book length memoir by generating new work and developing strong self-editing skills.
Format: Online | Classroom
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 424.7E
Make considerable progress on a memoir project when you spend two weekends generating new writing and supportive feedback from similarly committed writers.
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: Online | Classroom
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: Online
WRITING X 422.1
Learn to write humorous essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs about your life in this introductory course.
Format: Classroom | 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.
Format: Classroom
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: Classroom
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 432.2E
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 432.7E
Explore contemporary and innovative approaches to poetic forms while drawing inspiration from the work of outstanding contemporary poets.
Format: Online
WRITING X 414.1E

Start writing your romance novel in this introductory course covering plot, structure, and industry guidelines.

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: Classroom
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
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.

Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Online
WRITING X 413.9E
Kickstart your imagination with this introductory course on writing beyond the ordinary and in alternate realities.
Format: Online
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.
WRITING X 432.8E

Learn how a poem’s form can elevate its impact as you experiment with and ultimately invent your own forms.

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.

Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Online
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
WRITING X 461.17E

Develop a deeper authenticity in your writing by learning how to blend lived experiences with imagined realities.

WRITING X 471.1
Learn the basics of writing for video games in this course covering foundation ideas in narrative design and collaboration.
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.
Format: Classroom
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.
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.
Format: Classroom
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
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.

Format: Classroom
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.

Format: Classroom
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: Classroom
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 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 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: Classroom
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.

Format: Classroom
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: Classroom
WRITING X 445.1
Learn about writing for young adults as you complete an outline and first chapter of a novel.
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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