The Write Process

By UCLA Extension Writers' Program

All writing is a tightrope walk from where the idea originates to the moment a book, movie, or TV episode emerges in the world. In The Write Process, Charles Jensen, director of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, asks writing instructors and students who’ve walked the tightrope and come out the other side to talk about their process. Each episode tells the story of how one writer took one project from concept to completion, showcasing the various—and varied—paths we take when we follow one good idea all the way home.

  1. 1.
    Brian Shin on the Medical Procedural, Why Representation Matters, and The Good Doctor.
    30:40
  2. 2.
    Michael Werwie on Writing Against Genre and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
    30:32
  3. 3.
    Cindy Lin on Stealing Time, Polishing Drafts, Uncovering Solutions and The Twelve
    39:14
  4. 4.
    Aatif Rashid on Novel Structure, the Right Title, Small Presses, and Portrait of Sebastian Khan
    36:57
  5. 5.
    Wally Rudolph on Photographic Inspiration, the Decline of Whiteness, and Mighty, Mighty
    26:35
  6. 6.
    Kira Snyder on Unexpected Guests, Tricky Adaptation, and The Handmaid’s Tale
    33:23
  7. 7.
    Zimran Jacob on Getting into a Writer's Room, Doing Research, and The Punisher
    16:54
  8. 8.
    Colette Sartor on Linking Stories, Good Revision Advice, and Once Removed and Other Stories
    38:34
  1. 9.
    Shauna Barbosa on the Language of Home, Keeping Trust in Yourself, and Cape Verdean Blues.
    30:29
  2. 10.
    Owen Husney on Little Lies, Discovering Prince, and Famous People Who’ve Met Me.
    42:57
  3. 11.
    Monica Holloway on Telling the Hard Truth, Publication Repercussions, and Driving with Dead People
    44:23
  4. 12.
    April Shih on Vomit Drafts, Letting Your Characters Change You, 69 F-bombs, and You’re the Worst
    24:37
  5. 13.
    Sheryl Recinos on Surviving Teen Homelessness, Self-publishing, and Hindsight
    38:30
  6. 14.
    Barbara Stepansky on the Flint Water Crisis, Adapting Journalism, 45-page Treatments, and Flint
    26:21
  7. 15.
    Henry Lien on Worldbuilding, Puzzle Stories, Middle Grade, & Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions
    37:14
  8. 16.
    Stuart Beattie on the Politics of Writing War, 5 Key Scenes, & Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan
    32:12
  9. 17.
    Hollie Overton on Greed, Reimagining Fairy Tales, Seeing Yourself in Characters, and Tell Me a Story
    28:43
  10. 18.
    Natashia Deón on Unforgettable Visions, Writing Historical Fiction, Sticking with It, and Grace.
    35:45
  11. 19.
    Lilliam Rivera on the Summerlong Punishment of The Education of Margot Sanchez
    30:04
  12. 20.
    Moisès Zamora on Human Trafficking, Immigration, and American Crime
    31:19
  13. 21.
    Laurel Ollstein on Jerrie Cobb, Sexism, the Mercury 7, and They Promised Her the Moon
    31:06
  14. 22.
    Mae Respicio on a Room of Her Own and The House that Lou Built
    34:12
  15. 23.
    Miguel Murphy on Poetry, Shame, Fetishes, What We Do in the Dark, and Detainee
    25:01
  16. 24.
    Dorothy Blyskal on Fate, Writing a Script in Six Days, Adapting Books, and The 15:17 to Paris
    14:28
  17. 25.
    Greta Heinemann on Murder, Terrorism, Mayoral Elections, and NCIS: New Orleans
    18:59
  18. 26.
    Liska Jacobs on Day Job Revenge, Unapologetic Women, and Catalina
    24:25
  19. 27.
    Write Process Season 1 Preview
    2:59
  20. 28.
    Elissa Matsueda on Childbirth Deadlines, Ensemble Films, Her Fear of Dogs, and Dog Days
    17:01
  21. 29.
    Mark Sarvas on Memento Park and Searching for Art Lost in the Holocaust
    31:15
  22. 30.
    Jennifer Caloyeras on Puberty, Zoophilia, Magical Realism, and Unruly Creatures
    21:46
  23. 31.
    Welcome to The Write Process
    0:33
  24. 32.
    Zac Hug on Grief, Coming Out as a Vampire, Bad Witches, and Shadowhunters
    16:23

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