The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group


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What Can You Pen?

The Writer’s Den is hosting its second annual writing competition, open to all UCLA students! This year’s theme is:

WHY NOT? 

At risk of sounding mega cheesy: why not participate? Submission is free, and prizes will be awarded in 2 categories: prose & poetry. Speaking of prizes…

1st place winners (in both categories) win a gift card & publication in the upcoming Westwind!
2nd place winners (in both categories) win a gift card & a personal illustration of their piece

The competition is judged by UCLA faculty & there is a 10 page limit on entries (sorry, writers of epic poetry and longer prose.) Please e-mail all entries to thewritersden@ucla.edu by Friday of 5th week (2/7/2014)! Please include your student ID number and major, as well as a fun fact about yourself, in the body of the email. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions (or if you just want to say hi!), you can contact us at the same e-mail address.

P.S. – check out last year’s winners by clicking here, here, here, here, and here.

Correction: a previous version of this post said the Writer’s Den e-mail address was theuclawritersden@ucla.edu. The e-mail has since been changed to the correct address, thewritersden@ucla.edu.


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Winter Quarter Updates

Welcome back, denmates! Hope everyone had a restful (if brief) break and a great start to the new quarter. A few updates:

  1. Our meeting room and time have changed! We now meet at 7pm on Tuesdays, in CLICC Lab C on the third floor of Powell Library.
  2. We have a new volunteering site! Starting next Friday (1/17), we will be visiting Markham Middle School in Watts. Including transportation time, site will run from 7am-10am. Come to the curriculum briefing this Tuesday (1/14) to learn more!
  3. On the subject of volunteering: please fill out this form if you want to volunteer this quarter, even if you have volunteered with us in the past. Thank you!
  4. Our annual writing competition is just around the corner! Stay tuned for the theme, submission details, and deadline.
  5. If you are looking for some inspiration, we will be issuing creative challenges weekly. Come to meetings for the announcements, or check here for the current week’s challenge and submissions from your fellow denmates. Challenges are updated every Tuesday.
  6. As always, if you have written something you would like posted on the blog, email it to thewritersden@ucla.edu

That’s all! Peace out.


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Winter Creative Challenge (part 3)

The creative challenge over Winter break was to dig up an old piece of writing and add to it. Here is a piece from Gabriel Relich, a sequel to stories he wrote in the 2nd and 6th grades. To check out other submissions, click here or here.

Ex Cathedra 
By Gabriel Relich

The Pope sat up in his bed.  What did I hear…?  he thought.  “Pope Isaac the Second. It is an honor.”

Isaac turned and his mouth opened, and then opened wider.  He started to speak….but found he could not.  Next to Isaac’s bed stood a Green humanoid, roughly the size of a man.  Two antennas sprang from his head which housed a large single eye.  The eye sparkled as if it were made of rubies.

“The…honor is mine sir.” The Pope answered. Continue reading


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Winter Creative Challenge (part 2)

The creative challenge over Winter break was to dig up an old piece of writing and add to it. Here is a piece by David Perkins. To check out other submissions, click here or here.

The original piece:
Poetry, a useless thing,
For those who cannot simply sing.
For if they could, t’would be a song,
Not just some rambling ten lines long.
Poets, always wasting time,
With stanzas, rhythm, verse, and rhyme,
Standing there, talking to beat,
As if it were some splendid feat.
Poems, wastes of paper are,
Are still so popular thus far,
Written down or read aloud
By those with too much time endowed.
Why are they so big, you ask?
How do poets in glory bask,
And go down in history?
To me, it is a mystery.
And the follow-up:
In retrospect, I must confess,
I owe most poets some redress.
In haste I spoke, so haste I require
To pull myself from this critical mire. Continue reading


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Winter Creative Challenge (part 1)

The creative challenge over Winter break was to dig up an old piece of writing and add to it. Here is a piece by Jennifer Bui. To check out other submissions, click here or here.

April 13, 2012:

I want to be passionate about something. I do care about things, I do love things. But in our society that doesn’t particularly go anywhere on it’s own. People sublimate their passions for one thing, into another thing more socially acceptable or more necessary towards the scheme of running and maintaining civilization.         Continue reading