The Writer's Den

UCLA's creative writing student group

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Murder Mystery Night


“Death is looming.”

Contrary to what everyone thought, I was invited to the will reading of Harry Killens IV. Yes, I am the Grim/death/scary, but I don’t have the habit of crashing will readings and dinner parties. I do have manners, mind you. Some guy called E asked me to come, and I thought I might as well be nice and show up. Well, to be completely honest, I came for the food. Whoever was so kind as to make the veggie kebabs, I hope I didn’t kill you that night.


I didn’t know much about Harry, but it seems like a lot of people hated the guy. I don’t really understand why, I mean, he made Authentic Alaskan Friendship Bracelets ™ for everyone, including me! the guy put a lot of love and effort into making them. You humans are so ungrateful.

Authentic Alaskan Friendship Bracelets ™

Authentic Alaskan Friendship Bracelets ™

People kept asking me who the murderer is as if I knew the answer. They didn’t believe me when I explained that I don’t get to choose who dies and when, I only execute the murder. I was trying to solve the mystery just like everyone else, and throughout the evening I was suspicious of that Clinton woman. I never really liked politicians…they make my job much more tiresome than it should be. I was wrong though, as it was revealed that E was the murderer. But who knows, Clinton lady might have hired him to do it. (did she?)

Clinton Lady

Clinton Lady

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Field Trip: The Getty Center

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Going to a museum is always an adventure, and yesterday afternoon’s trip to the Getty was no exception. In this case, though, the biggest part of the adventure was literally going to the museum. LA’s public transit system gets a bad rap, but it is unmatched when it comes to creating impromptu bonding experiences. To everyone who came with us yesterday: thank you for going with it. I hope you all had a good time and your long and treacherous journey on (and to) the 761 bus was well rewarded with an oasis of art and silly antics.

Now here, have some pictures.

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A Fantastic First Day


On Friday, we had a fantastic first day at our middle school volunteering sites! Veteran volunteers Hristiana (pointing) and Cameron (not pictured) did a phenomenal job as our newest site leaders. We’re expecting great things from them 🙂

If you are interested in joining our team of volunteers, attend our volunteering meetings on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. (following our 7 p.m. general meeting) and sign up here.

In other news, Kevin continues to foil my attempts at candid shots.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

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First Meeting: Welcome to the Den!


A few people looked over at me. I must have said it out loud.


When I attended my first Writer’s Den meeting a couple of years ago, we barely filled up a small classroom in Bunche. Today, at my third First Meeting of the Year, that was certainly not the case.

English majors, biochemistry majors, and political science majors. The Room enthusiasts, goat-owners, and NaNoWriMo champs. Thank you to the 80+ (!!!) of you who attended our first meeting of the year! We are very excited to welcome a new batch of quirky, creative, and bright writers to the Den.

In just the past couple of years that I’ve been a member, the Writer’s Den has grown so much and in so many ways–and I look forward to seeing it evolve even more, with the help of all of you!

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Some of our lovely writers, post-meeting.


Now, in the midst of introductions and Human Bingo madness, you may or may not have forgotten some of the nuts & bolts of The Writer’s Den. So here’s a quick recap:


How to Share Your Work: If you’d like to read your creative writing at the meeting, please email us at

Volunteering: As you may know, on Fridays, we teach creative writing at elementary, middle, and continuation schools all around Los Angeles. For those of you who are interested in volunteering with us, click here to sign up (and if you’d like more info as to what volunteering entails, click here).

Not on the email list?: If you’d like to be added to our email list, click here.


We hope to see you all again next Tuesday at 7 pm in Powell CLICC Lab C!


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EAF 2014 + Stuff to Get Excited About

we have faces.

Tabling at the Enormous Activities Fair is always intense, for lack of a better word. Yesterday was no different. In four hours, we consumed 1.5 bags of candy (we’ve done better), handed out a few hundred flyers, used the phrase “UCLA’s creative writing club” probably upwards of a thousand times, and ultimately had 227 (!!!!!!!) new people sign up to receive more information about how to get involved. The Writer’s Den is different every year, and I for one am SO excited to see what this year has in store.

For those of you who just found us and are looking for a general idea of what we do, and for those of you who are returning and want to know what’s coming up, here’s a list of 5 things to get excited about: Continue reading