I earned my MFA from the USC Professional Writing Program in Los Angeles. The curriculum differed from the usual creative writing master’s in that it was multidisciplinary, which means I majored in fiction but was required to choose from electives in playwriting, screenwriting, nonfiction, and poetry.
Beginning in 1971, USC offered the first graduate program [...]
This week marks a big step forward in my writing career: I was interviewed for the first time.
That’s right. Yours truly was the subject for an eighth grade honors English student researching her future career as a novelist. Alexandra is the cousin of a friend who asked if I could help her out. Her [...]
When I started this blog almost four years ago, I chose the title An Aspiring Novelist in Hollywood.
At the time, I was finishing my first novel and still considered “aspiring” as it had yet to be published. Since I didn’t want to start blogging without some general direction, I thought the [...]
In September 2012, City University in London will launch the UK’s first MA in crime thriller writing. The school already offers a master’s in creative writing, which traditionally translates as “a focus on literary fiction,” but now they’re branching out to explore one of the most popular genres in publishing. According to [...]
I’m a product of a university MFA program. Before that, I was a product of an undergraduate creative writing program. And even before that, I was a product of playwriting workshops, screenwriting fellowships, and film set production dating back to sophomore year of high school. All this training amounts to over ten years of dedicated, [...]
“I’m a writer.”
“Cool. A screenwriter?”
“A novelist, actually.”
This is how introductory conversations function in Hollywood, the city brimming with worldwide cinematic hopefuls. I can spot the recent transplants fairly accurately, too. It’s a skill developed by LA natives. (Yes, we exist.) I don’t have anything against film [...]
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