June 30 to September 7 or July 7-September 14, External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing One (Two Sections)

That novel is inside you waiting to emerge, but knowing how and where to start can be daunting. This course provides you with weekly assignments, group interaction, and instructor feedback to help you explore various methods of writing your first novel while learning the key craft points of plot, structure, characterization, point-of-view, sense of place, and voice. The goal is to complete the first chapter of your novel by establishing an intimacy with your characters as you artfully shape their journey and to develop an overall concept to guide you through your story. Required for students considering the long-fiction sequence.


July 26-October 3, External link opens in new tab or windowSouthern New Hampshire University, Online MFA Program

Finding and Reaching Your Audience (Two Sections)

Develop strategies to find a readership and build an audience. Investigate approaches and tools for building a writer's platform and increasing visibility in a chosen market. Create a customized, multi-faceted plan to cultivate and engage new fans.


August 16-25, International Program--UCLA Extension

English 901--Academic Writing for International Students

This program works with International Students preparing for college studies in the US and elsewhere.


October 1-3,External link opens in new tab or window Write on the Sound--Annual Writers Conference--Virtual

Who's That Talking: Problems with POV Workshop

While often writers think that plot and character are their main issues, what can truly derail a story is inconsistent or confusing point-of-view. Yet identifying shifts in POV seem to be the hardest for writers to spot—or they want to shift but the shifts just aren’t working. While many experimental texts do have a varied, changing, vague POVs, voices that shift and spin and move about, most of us are really trying to keep the voices in our story consistent and follow-able.


September 29 to December 7, External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing Two

Armed with your overall concept and first chapter, you continue to develop your knowledge of craft by writing scenes using characters and situations from the projected novel and workshopping your in-progress work. Mini-lectures on the art of the novel, intuitive creative process, and conventional vs. non-conventional approaches to novel structure also are covered. The goal is to complete fifty pages of your novel.


September 22 to December 7, External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Clear and Descriptive Writing (11 Weeks)

This class focuses on the basics of sentence and paragraph, providing tools to enable clear, focused, and descriptive essays and other writing objectives. Starting with focused sentence exercises, you move toward creating clear, thoughtful, and organized paragraphs that employ tone, voice, and diction. As well as completing exercises and writing assignments, you collect examples of writing—both effective and ineffective—to present to the class in order to share and examine writing strategies. Toward the end of the class, students develop one essay-length piece of writing. In workshop groups, you hone this piece and help classmates improve their work. You leave with skills you can apply in various settings and with different writing projects.


January 12 to March 22, 2022, External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Novel Writing Three

For those with a minimum of fifty pages of a novel-in-progress, this workshop guides you to generate at least fifty new pages, as well as learn essential self-editing techniques with the instructor and peers reviewing each participant's project in detail. Refinements of character, structure, emotional content, and the development of the writer's voice are also explored. The goal is to produce a substantial portion of your novel.


January 5-March 22, 2022,  External link opens in new tab or windowUCLA Extension, Online

Clear and Descriptive Writing (11 Weeks)

This class focuses on the basics of sentence and paragraph, providing tools to enable clear, focused, and descriptive essays and other writing objectives. Starting with focused sentence exercises, you move toward creating clear, thoughtful, and organized paragraphs that employ tone, voice, and diction. As well as completing exercises and writing assignments, you collect examples of writing—both effective and ineffective—to present to the class in order to share and examine writing strategies. Toward the end of the class, students develop one essay-length piece of writing. In workshop groups, you hone this piece and help classmates improve their work. You leave with skills you can apply in various settings and with different writing projects.