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Two New Books for David Ulin

October is looking like a big month for professor David Ulin. His new book, Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles comes out on October 6th, and news comes today that his next book will be out next spring, a novel co-written with  Paul Kolsby: LA Times Book Critic and author of SIDEWALKING David Ulin and creator of THE ZERO [...]

By |October 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Two New Books for David Ulin

Big Deal For JoAnn Chaney’s Debut

We've been sitting on this news for a little while, waiting for it to become official...but now the story can be told. Big news (and a big deal) for fiction alum JoAnn Chaney! She has inked a two-book deal with Amy Einhorn in her new role at Macmillan's Flatiron Books. Here's the official announcement from Publishers Marketplace: JoAnn Chaney's debut, [...]

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Welcome Fall 2015 Cohort: Student Bios

Annie Connole was born and raised in Helena, Montana where she spent many of her formative years at the famed Grandstreet Theatre.  At 18, she moved to Los Angeles to study acting and then onto London to study at the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art.   New York called and Annie enrolled at The New School, where she received [...]

By |September 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Fall 2015 Cohort: Student Bios

Announcing The Guest Faculty For Our Spring Residency!

We're only a few weeks away from our spring residency, which means it's time to start getting excited about all of the amazing writers, editors, publishers, agents, producers, showrunners, development execs and industry professionals who'll be joining us! If you're interested in applying to the program, we encourage you to come out and visit for the day, see some lectures, [...]

By |May 21st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Announcing The Guest Faculty For Our Spring Residency!

Welcome Spring 2015 Cohort: Student Bios

Travis Burkett was born and raised in dusty West Texas.  You can still find him there, working on a cotton farm and writing about things.  Short stories are his specialty, but he looks forward to the opportunity to branch out at UCR. Hobbies include reading, playing guitar, and watching his beloved Cowboys and Mavericks.  He is excited about working [...]

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Spring 2015 Cohort: Student Bios

Bill Ratner In Time Magazine

When Time needed an expert on parenting in the digital age, they turned to our nonfiction student Bill Ratner, whose book Parenting in the Digital Age came out this fall.  So how do teens reform their technology habits? Author and voice actor Bill Ratner is probably the last person any parent would consult as an expert on the topic. The man made a career out [...]

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Bill Ratner In Time Magazine

Stephen Graham Jones Named A Finalist For The Bram Stoker

Stephen Graham Jones' latest collection, After the People Lights Have Gone Off, has been named a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award: Horror Writers Association Reveals Final Ballot for Bram Stoker Awards® The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the 2014 nominees for the iconic Bram Stoker Award®. Named in honor [...]

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stephen Graham Jones Named A Finalist For The Bram Stoker

Luke Yankee Named One Of The Best, Ever

Congratulations are due to screenwriting student Luke Yankee, whose biography of his mother Eileen Heckart,  Just Outside The Spotlight: Growing Up With Eileen Heckart, was named one of the best celebrity biographies, ever: Luke is a producer/director/writer whose spunky mom, Eileen Heckart, gave a searing performance inThe Bad Seed, won an Oscar for Butterflies Are Free, and memorably played Aunt Flo [...]

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Tod Goldberg Up For The Hammett Prize

Program director Tod Goldberg's latest novel, Gangsterland, has been named a finalist for the Hammett Prize:  The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers is pleased to announce nominees for their annual HAMMETT PRIZE for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees are as follows: [...]

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tod Goldberg Up For The Hammett Prize

The Winners of the Academy Awards!*

(*Well, we predict the Academy Awards, anyway.) We culled together some of the brightest minds of our time and asked them to vote upon 8 of the major awards set to be handed out this coming Sunday during the Academy Awards. What we found is that there are a few surprises, a few locks, and, generally, very little profound disappointment. [...]

By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Winners of the Academy Awards!*