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Writers' Program Progress Party

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Join the Writers' Program for our inaugural celebration of works-in-progress by students and instructors!

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Writers' Program instructor Cole Kazdin joins students Linda Abrams, Claire Lin, and Kevin Allen Yoder as they read from their in-progress works of fiction and nonfiction. Free and open to the public.

Cole Kazdin is a writer, performer and four-time Emmy Award winning television journalist. She is a regular contributor to VICE, and has written for Refinery29, Los Angeles Magazine, MEL Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and featured on NPR. She tells stories all over the country on The Moth's Mainstage and The Moth Radio Hour. She is a contributing author to The Moth Presents: All These Wonders, Afterwords: Stories and Reports from 9/11 and Beyond, and The Best American Sex Writing. She teaches and coaches writers all over the world.

Linda Abrams is the most recent winner of the Allegra Johnson Writing Prize, is currently working on her full-length memoir, The Wrong House. The book chronicles a harrowing, life-changing event steeped in betrayal, deception, and ultimately self-discovery. She began writing it in a UCLA Extension class called Writing the Healing Story taught by Barbara Abercrombie, who inspired her to continue her studies and pursue a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. With professional experience in multiple areas including acting, public relations/marketing, local government, and nonprofit work, Linda currently works as associate editor of CityWatch, a respected online source for news, opinions, and perspectives on LA’s most crucial social and political issues. She is originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and received a BA in History from Connecticut College followed by an MFA in Acting from Catholic University before moving to Los Angeles in 1977.

Claire Lin is the 2018 winner of the James Kirkwood Literary Prize and founder of Los Angeles Writers’ Grotto (www.lagrotto.org). She grew up in Taiwan, has an almost-Ph.D. in Consumer Psychology from Columbia Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, and trainings in theater, improv, and clowning. She has taken fiction writing workshops extensively at UCLA Extension and is an alumna of the 2019 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Currently she is working on Someone Dies in Every Story, a collection of magical-realism short stories about people transcending grief and mortality.

Kevin Allen Yoder is a native of Southern California. He took his BA in liberal studies from the University of Notre Dame, and earned both his MFA in film and his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California. His work focuses on how the chance encounter can alter the course of an individual’s life, and has been nominated for both the Allegra Johnson Writing Prize and the James Kirkwood Literary Prize in Creative Writing. He lives in the Hollywood Hills with his husband, their two teenaged children, and a mouthy golden retriever pup who thinks ankles make great chew toys. The Griffiths of Amerige is his first novel.

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