Beyond the Book:
Finding a Literary Agent

with Chris L. Terry in Los Feliz


One Sunday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
December 15, 2019

You've put in the work and completed your fiction manuscript or a nonfiction book proposal. So now it's time to find an agent who can represent you during the publication process. The right literary agent will take your writing career to the next level by helping you hone your manuscript and get a book deal. But how do you find and pitch an agent who is right for you? In this one-day seminar, we will review best practices for the entire process: from researching agents and writing query letters to what to expect from an agent and the questions to ask at every step along the way. This seminar is open to fiction and nonfiction writers at any point in their writing journey who are curious about next steps once they're ready. The class will be held in Los Feliz where coffee, tea, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Our Beyond the Book classes acknowledge the reality that there is more to being a writer than simply writing. Beyond the Book seminars and workshops focus on the pursuits beyond the page: how to give public readings, how to apply to residencies, how to write a book proposal, and much more.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 for new students; $120 for returning students

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Chris L. Terry is the author of the novels Black Card, which NPR called "hilariously searing," and Zero Fade, which was on Best of 2013 lists by and Kirkus Reviews. Terry’s work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, PANK, The Root/Very Smart Brothas, Apogee, Razorcake, and more. He has taught and created curriculum for PEN America Los Angeles and was a Lead Teaching Artist for assorted Chicago-based writing programs.


"Black Card holds many modes and many moods in its packed and tactile narrative. Chris L. Terry has managed to capture, all at once, the complications of being black, being young, and being in love. This is a detailed ride about finding one's way to the inside, and finding that the inside isn't all you thought it would be. This book is a mirror, inside of which I saw so many selves." —Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us and Go Ahead in the Rain

“Chris L. Terry is so damn good at peeling back all the tricky layers of race and identity and belonging, and grappling with all the icky stuff of being young and trying to figure out how to be. I’m a ’90s kid who spent my afternoons earnestly taping obscure rock songs off college radio in suburban Chicagoland, so Black Card feels like it was written explicitly for me. It’s a hilarious and honest examination of race and punk authenticity that’s probably gonna feel like it was written for you, too.” —Samantha Irby, author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

"Chris Terry is a wise and hilarious writer. He has bestowed Kevin, the hero of Zero Fade, with an especially acute case of teenage angst, and the results are sweet, painful and very recognizable to anyone who has survived seventh grade. This is a wonderful book." —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

"Zero Fade is a damn fine read with a resounding message that never preaches, but instead talks to you across the table like a friend and ally. Highly recommended. Chris L. Terry is an author to keep an eye on." —Razorcake