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. This certificate program can be completed online or in the classroom. 

Please Note

This certificate program is no longer accepting new students. Existing students may contact our student advisors at writers@uclaextension.edu for more information.

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.


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

Exclusive benefits for Writers' Program 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

Additional benefits exclusive to UCLA Extension certificate students:

  • Access to Handshake, UCLA Career Center’s online job board, with access to thousands of job and internship postings
  • Become a member of the UCLA Alumni Association (upon completing your certificate) and a nationwide network of Bruin family
  • Join us for the annual UCLA Extension Graduation Ceremony on campus to celebrate all your hard work 
  • Get access to UCLA Recreation facilities as a student affiliate*
  • Open an affiliate/Guest UCLA Bruin ID Card* for a number of student-related benefits
  • PLUS, all UCLA Extension students have access to UCLA Extension’s Career Resources including online career coaching, workshops and networking events
*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 student advisor. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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