Bryan Days – Writing for Television

This program at UCLA has provided invaluable writing experience. Instructors have meticulously guided my work, and by program end, I’ll have a robust portfolio of samples that I strongly believe will jumpstart my career. I couldn’t have done it without my cohorts either. We’ve all helped each other with jokes, structure, and ultimately became friends in the process. As a writer of color, this experience has positioned me with a competitive edge in this current era of peak TV.

Lakpathy Wijesekara – Producing and Monetizing Your Digital Series

The Producing and Monetizing Your Digital Series workshop offered by UCLA Professional Programs was very unique, informative and practical. The key lesson this class taught us was that our creativity should transgress the boundaries of the technical sophistication of equipment. We realized the importance of capitalizing on whatever we have, without relying on heavy equipment. This short yet very practical course inspired me to launch “Rydeshare Chronicles”, a web series based on Uber/Lyft stories. This series, shot with a simple mobile phone camera could attract a couple of thousand views within hours. Feeling grateful to the UCLA Professional Programs.

Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner – Screenwriting (Online)

As a PGA Producer/Director and Actress, I spend time traveling between Michigan, NY and Berlin. When I learned about the Professional Program in Screenwriting Online, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity to learn from the best of the best.  My fellow students were industry professionals literally based around the globe, and I can’t imagine having had a better experience.  We received top lectures, had one-on-one time with our professor, as well as the opportunity to build lasting professional relationships. I’m a UCLA alumna for life now, part of a community that is real and alive.

Roy Zafrani – Screenwriting

Attending UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The classes and the entire experience were divine.The professors challenged us to become more precise, to give attention to the smallest details in our story and tell it in the most unique and clever way. Both the professors and the peers were kind, respectful and always encouraging. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Professional Program in Screenwriting, and I know I’ve become a fully-fledged writer and gained much confidence as a storyteller.


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