The UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Publication Party is one of my favorite events of the year.
It’s held at the Skirball Center, a beautiful venue for any event. The fantastic Writers’ Program staff, helmed by dynamo program director Linda Venis, gathers together 18 instructors who have published during the previous year. Each reads for five minutes, and the readings are followed by a cocktail party.
The evening is always a pleasure, populated by rich stories, poems, and essays beautifully read by some of the most accomplished writers I know. I’m always honored to participate.
Some highlights from the evening included Daniel Jaffe reading from his hysterically funny short story “Gift Wrapped.”
Nancy Spiller read from her thought-provoking personal essay, “Suicidal Thoughts: The Creative Lives and Tragic Deaths of a Prince and a Pauper,” published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
There were many more wonderful readings that night. Click here to see them all.
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Wow! Colette, that was AWESOME. What a story, and the way you read it…wow, just…wow.