Week One Updates 2018

Tuesday – October 2nd, 2018

We kicked off the school year with a new meeting place in the beautiful Royce 362 and with our traditional game of Human Bingo on the Royce Courtyard. The evening consisted of lots of laughter, loud toasts to strangers-turned-friends, and several blacked-out bingo cards.


Friday – October 5th, 2018

We started our first session of volunteering at John R. Wooden High, Fairburn Avenue Elementary, and Columbus Middle School! Volunteers went off to teach creative writing! It’s not too late to join. Simply apply here: https://goo.gl/forms/NTz3aLravCwOR5dJ2

Sunday – October 7th, 2018

We had our first write-in at the Botanical Gardens. At noon our writers met at the Bruin Bear and took off for the scenic forests of South Campus. Writers saw turtles and wrote together under trees.


More updates to come! Come to our meetings every Tuesday at 6pm in Royce 362!


Introducing: The Reptiles of Writer’s Den 2015-16

In case you don’t know us yet!

Various Board Dinosaurs:


“Yara Alshwairikh. 3rd year. Biology major. President: plan meetings and socials. I LOVE animals.” 

I would like to add that she particularly likes cats. Notice that the home page of our website has a picture of a cat. Ahhh. She once got a keyboard (like the piano-type, courtesy of Ari) that plays different cat mews. You should ask her about it sometime.


Shriya is our Director of Volunteering and an aspiring teacher. As Director of Volunteering, Shriya is in charge of volunteer recruitment, curriculum planning and oversight, and communication with volunteering sites. She’s a fourth year Cognitive Science and Education student, currently working on her Honors Thesis in Psychology. In her (badly-utilized) spare time, Shriya knits, writes experimental poem-song combinations, watches cartoons, and applies to graduate schools.


Anna is the Executive Director of this operation, also known as the designated Paperwork Filler-Outer and Annasaurus Rex. She primarily (though that is not to suggest prolifically) writes fiction, though she has also dabbled in other forms, such as angsty teenage poetry in which phrases like “wholly incomplete” figure far more prominently than she is presently comfortable admitting. When she’s not writing, filling out paperwork, or attempting to claw herself out from underneath ever-growing piles of schoolwork, Anna enjoys food and referring to herself in the third person. (tl;dr I’m really weird, hi there!)


Amy is the noob External Director who’s just barely starting to get the hang of things. She’s a second year and needs to start figuring out what to do with her life. You can go to her if you want to put something up on the blog.

PS. Did you catch that pun? Board Dinosaurs? Bored… okay.

Site Lizards:


“Hi! My name’s Ari (but you can call me Ari). I’m a third year English, major, with a possible double major in Undecided. I’m the volunteering site leader for Columbus Middle School, and the unofficial resident cynic. I spend much of my free time writing…or planning things I will be writing…or thinking about things I want to write…okay, I don’t really spend a whole lot of my time writing. But I pretend to, and it’s the thought that counts!”


Hey, I’m Joyce Anne Samson! I’m a second year Biochemistry major. I’m the site leader for afternoon Markham Middle school. When I’m not doing Writer’s-Den-y stuff, I like to take naps, and eat fruit, and dance. I write stuff too sometimes, mostly poetry. I like puns and dark chocolate.

And that’s about it! Shout out to Frankie, another site lizard, but I don’t have her number and she’s studying abroad this quarter. She’ll be with us soon.

Lastly, don’t be shy to talk to us! We’re all here for you, and we’re here to listen. Wow that got really deep. But yeah, we want you all to feel welcome here at Writer’s Den.

Welcome to The Writer’s Den 2015-2016!

Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year! We hope you all had a fabulous summer 🙂

For those of you who just found us: welcome to the Writer’s Den! We’re really excited to meet everyone and make new friends. We have lots of cool things planned for Fall quarter and the whole year, so get excited! In addition to our weekly meetings and volunteering, we will host some super fun social events. The first event we have planned for the quarter is a trip to Santa Monica beach on October 1st, the Sunday after week 1. We will read, write, EAT, laugh and get to know each other better. It will be fun!

We also like to host fun (& sometimes strange) parties such as our Halloween murder mystery party! There’s murder, costumes and FOOD! It’s a party you don’t want to miss, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list to stay updated on all the details.

Check out our Event Calendar for a full overview of this quarter’s events and socials.

We are not having a meeting during 0 Week, BUT you can catch us at the Enormous Activities Fair on Tuesday, from 11am-3pm. Stop by and say hi, we’d love to meet you all 🙂
You can also find us at ServeFest on Saturday, September 26th from 6:30-9pm.

Questions? Concerns? Just want to say hello? Email us at thewritersden@ucla.edu, or swing by our first meeting on Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm in Ackerman 2402.

Summer Updates: The Good, The Bad, and The Bartender

It is nearly the end of second week of Summer Session C, which means we are on a due course toward midterms and flailing our fists in a panic. However, we’ve had a good first two meetings thus far! The first week, we totally got the room wrong so we’re sorry for the confusion. We are definitely in Ackerman for our summer meetings, for anyone who wants to join us, not Kerckhoff. I never knew there was a hallway just before reaching Campus Cuts, nor that said hall would lead to the Global Viewpoint Lounge. Shortcuts o:. We also had cookies, introduced ourselves, and dusted the cobwebs off of whatever writing project each individual needed to attend to.

At the second meeting, we had more cookies, courtesy of Ari Reider. We chose character roles for ourselves and verbally brainstormed an outline for a soap opera. Needless to say, it was an interesting experience to see how the character archetypes “The Other Woman,” “The Butler,” “The Bartender,” “The Fairy Godmother,” “The Playboy,” “The Actor,” “The Illegitimate Child” and “The Problem Solver” would interact with one another. The details are rather complicated since we did not put the ideas down to paper until mid-way through, but I know that at least one person died by running into a wall. Spoiler alert.

We’ve had a lot of fun, so we hope you guys can make it to the next meeting! And meet us by the Bruin bear at 7:20pm to join us for an improv show tomorrow, August 14th.

Meanwhile, now’s a good time to introduce the next summer experiment! The strategy is almost as exciting as the previous one:

Only write while in bed.

Take that as you will. Find a bed, write stuff while atop it. If you don’t own a bed, find someone else’s. Perhaps you’ll choose to sit on the bed while writing, or lie down à la french girl. Whatever floats your boat.

As always, let us know if you’re interested in trying out this writing strategy, or send one our way at thewritersden@ucla.edu. Happy writing!

The Writer’s Den: Summer Edition 2015

Hey all! Summer Session C (8/4-9/6) is almost upon us. Aside from internally crying while dragging our bodies to class, we’re super excited to spend the summer with you guys!

Meetings start as soon as this upcoming Tuesday, August 4th at 7pm in Kerckhoff A201A. And we’ll probably go get boba afterward, because caffeine. There will be a lot more of these chill hangouts to look forward to, including a performance at the improv space in Westwood and a trip to the beach! We’ve got lots more socials in mind, some of which may be impulsive (midnight food run, anyone?) But, hey, spontaneity is always fun, and we’ll make sure to send an email beforehand to let you know about these excursions.

Email us at thewritersden@ucla.edu if you have any ideas for writing activities, or ideas for outings. We look forward to seeing you all!

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!

WD meeting
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 thewritersden@ucla.edu

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!


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 “EAF 2014 + Stuff to Get Excited About”