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Annual Writers Studio: Home Edition at UCLA Extension is a four-day writers conference in February


LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Writers Studio: Home Edition, hosted by the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension offers workshops, over four days, from February 24 to 27, 2022, which bring together the global community of writers to work on their craft. Known as a professional development conference for beginner to advanced writers, the Writers Studio: Home Edition (virtual), gives aspiring writers unrivaled access and first-hand experience in sessions taught by accomplished writers and industry professionals spanning feature film, television, fiction, and non-fiction creative writing.

This year’s virtual conference includes a keynote address by Tembi Lockeactor, screenwriter, producer, New York Times best-selling memoir author, from zero, co-showrunner for the next series wait to expireand alumnus of the Writers Program.

“As the world’s largest provider of creative writing education, the Writers Program offers a supportive community for writers who develop concepts and evolve their craft,” said Charlie Jensen, Program Director, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. “The Writers Studio is designed to explore creativity and energize writing skills under the guidance of successful professional writers. Each year, our participants share how the Studio has made a difference in the realization of their projects. And we We are inspired by these successes.”

the Writers Studio: Home Edition virtual workshops and instructors are:

  • Character and Conflict, Colette Sartor, MFA

    Fiction writer, author of the collection of related stories Once removed (UGA Press), and winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, Sartor’s work has been published in Kenyon review online, Carve Magazine, Slice, The Rumpus, Colorado Review, Prairie Schoonerand elsewhere.
  • Writing your memoirs, Liz Stephens, Ph.D.

    Author of the thesis days are gods (University of Nebraska Press). Stephens’ essays appear in Brief Encounters: An Anthology of Short Documentaries (WW Norton, 2015), and Dirt: an anthology (New England University Press, 2015), she was editor-in-chief and contributor to Brevity: a concise non-fiction journal and is extensively written on current issues of non-fiction craftsmanship and ethics. Stephens was nominated for the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction Award and the Duke University Documentary Essay Award.
  • Writing the personal essay, Amy Friedman, MA

    Author of four memoirs, several children’s books and thousands of essays and stories. Friedman’s Last Memoirs are Desperado’s Wife (available on Amazon) and One soufflé at a time: Memoirs of gastronomy and France (with Anne Willan), Freidman is the founder of the nonprofit POPS the Club and is the editor and publisher of an annual collection of personal essays and poetry, the most recent (2019) is We have a game. Friedman is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing.
  • Write your first novel Alumit Christmas

    Author of novels Letters to Montgomery Clift and the Los Angeles Times Bestseller Talking to the moon (2007), Alumit’s work has been published in USA Today, The Advocate, Huffington Post, and others and his awards include the Stonewall Book Award (American Library Association), the Violet Quill Award (InsightOut Books), and the James Duggins Mid-Career Prize. Her work has been a finalist for the PEN Literary Award and the Lambda Literary Award.
  • Narration for live audiences, Rachel Kann, MFA

    Author of How to bless the New Moon, a WORD: A recipient of the Bruce Geller Memorial Award, Kann has been writer-in-residence for the Brandeis Collegiate Institute, featured poet at the New England Jewish Poetry Festival, and recipient of the Cosmic Sister “Women of The Psychedelic Renaissance” award at the Spirit Plant Medicine Conference. His poetic film, Acceleration, was an official selection for the Anaheim International Film Festival. She is the recipient of the UCLA Extension Writers Program Outstanding Instructor of the Year award.
  • Structure your story, Jeanne De Vita, MFA

    Author and award-winning editor, De Vita’s dystopian series Bug is an Amazon Editor’s Choice on Kindle Vella. She has published numerous articles as a writer and ghost writer. De Vita teaches writing and editing classes for UCLA Extension and edits several New York Times and USA today successful authors.
  • Development Edition, Tobi Harper

    Deputy Director of Red Hen Press, Editor and Founder of Penne (a series of queer editions of Red Hen Press), Harper is the publisher of The Los Angeles Review; and lecturer on literature, publishing and queer publishing.
  • Creation of the half-hour television pilot, Eric Abrams

    Writer/producer and member of the WGA, whose television credits include Liv & Maddie, married with children, Abby, Gary & Mike, among many others, Abrams co-wrote the feature film Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles and sold pilots to Fox, NBC, CBS and UPN.
  • Creation of the one-hour television pilotZac Hug, MAE

    Television writer, playwright, member of the WGA, whose credits include Drop Dead Diva, Shadow Hunters, and Hallmark movies Road to Christmas and the Evergreen Christmas series, Cuddles other credits include web series These people, and the short film Outfest Lazy Sunday).
  • Write your first feature film, Koji Sakai, MFA

    Award-winning screenwriter/producer/novelist and WGA member whose feature films include Commando, Dying to Kill, Monsters & Me, #1 Serial Killer, People I’ve slept withand haunted highwaySakai also produced a comedy special for Netflix and the series Invasive Asian Comedy.
  • Write powerful scenes for film and televisionRoberto Marinas, MFA

    Writer/producer, whose credits include Lasso, head game, and Alien vs. Zombies, Award-winning screenplay Marinas Last way home was shortlisted for the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and is also a recipient of the Walt Disney Studios Screenwriting Grant.
  • Showrunner Bootcamp, Cynthia Hsiung

    Producer, screenwriter, director and executive who served as producer and production manager for Young Hercules along with Ryan Gosling, Hsiung was part of the team that launched The Larry Sanders Show and Taxi Confessions at HBO and was a creative executive for MTV The real world and rules of the road. Additional credits include his award-winning feature film shades of loveas well as the television series Fan Addicts! and Catch the hell.

the Writers Studio: Home Edition is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, includes twelve (12) intensive workshops, limited to 15 participants, freelance writing time, daily guest speakers, prompts and exercises, and other exclusive activities. The fee for the program is $788 and participants can register here or visit Writers Studio: Home Edition. To find out more, visit Writers program at UCLA Extension or contact [email protected]

About the Writers Program

Now in his 55’sand years of service to the writing community, the UCLA Extension Writers Program is one of the most prestigious creative writing and screenwriting programs, locally and globally. With an open admissions policy, the Writers Program ensures that all students are inspired and guided to do their best. The program includes 400 annual writing courses, offered both onsite and online, taught by a diverse body of 200 published and produced professionals. Discover the success stories of the Writers Program here.