Novel idea: A Thriller with a Strong Female Lead

After working for years as an actress in Hollywood, Kim Simons decided to go back to college.  The then-37-year-old enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, a continuing education program, as she aspired to be a screenwriter. As she sat in a Los Angeles classroom with other novice writers, Simons came up with the idea…

Vivian Hua Is Northwest Film Forum’s New Executive Director

Today it was announced that Vivian Hua will replace Courtney Sheehan as the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum. Hua came to Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) from her previous role as the Communications Manager for ICANNWiki, a nonprofit resource dedicated to global issues in internet governance, and has served as a Graphic Designer for the…

PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship Winner – Angela Sanchez

A little over a year ago, I found out about PEN America’s Emerging Voices Fellowship.  And I’ve had an AWESOME experience as a 2018 Fellow! My author mentor for the program has been Lilliam Rivera and the wraparound workshops (voice classes, UCLA Extension classes, etc.) has really helped to build out my skill set as a…