LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A year ago, Victoria Denault was sitting in Francesca Lia Block’s Writing the Young Adult Novel workshop at the 2014 Writers Studio, sponsored by the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension. Now she has an agent and a three-book deal with Hachette/Forever Yours. Her debut novel, One More Shot, will be out in June.
“I’d been working on a novel for a couple of years and I’d lost my motivation and confidence in the story. I needed something to keep my dream going and the Writers Studio seemed like a good fit. It turned out to be exactly what I needed,” said Denault. “I gained confidence in my writing and learned essentials about the publishing process from both the instructor and the guest speaker. If it wasn’t for the focus, motivation and confidence I gained, I would not have come as far as I have.”
The 2015 Writers Studio convenes on Feb. 5-8 at 1010 Westwood Center in Los Angeles. Participants choose one of 10 writing workshops based on their writing goals, including fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as writing for television and film. Attendees spend four days of intensive instruction and writing working closely with some of the most accomplished screenwriters and creative writing professionals in Southern California in Studio courses limited to 15 participants.
This year, sessions are led by fiction writers Reyna Grande, Colette Sartor and Steven Wolfson; nonfiction writers Amy Friedman and Jennie Nash; and film and TV writers Michael Weiss, Ricky Manning, Corey Mandell and Nancy Nigrosh.
The workshops are:
Creative Writing Workshops
- Steven Wolfson, The Joy of Writing: A Workshop in Craft and Creativity
- Reyna Grande, Writing the First Novel
- Francesca Lia Block, Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Colette Sartor, Accessing Your Stories in a Flash: A Short Fiction Writing Workshop
- Amy Friedman, Writing the Personal Essay
- Jennie Nash, Writing the Memoir
- Michael Weiss, Writing Your First Feature Film
- Ricky Manning, Creating the 1-Hour TV Pilot and Series
- Corey Mandell, Creating Powerful Scenes and Sequences for the Movies
- Nancy Nigrosh, How to Have a Writing Career in Film and Television
As the largest and most comprehensive continuing education creative writing and screenwriting program in the world, the UCLA Extension Writers' Program welcomes and trains writers at all levels of development whose aspirations range from personal enrichment to professional publication and production. Taught by an instructor corps of 200 professional writers, our curriculum features 400 annual open-enrollment courses onsite and online in novel writing, short fiction, personal essay, memoir, poetry, playwriting, writing for the youth market, publishing, feature film writing, and television writing, and is designed to accommodate your individual writing needs, ambitions, and lifestyle.
UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California (UCLA). We offer courses evenings and weekends in Westwood and Downtown LA, plus online classes available around the globe. Courses range from business arts, engineering, and IT to entertainment studies, public policy, public health, the humanities and more.