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Chris L. Terry
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

Did you start writing a novel and hit a wall? Need help shaping and editing your latest draft? Want to write a novel but aren’t sure how to take the plunge? In this eight-week class, we’ll explore the art and craft of long-form narrative, diving deep into character, setting, structure, scene, point of view, and what it takes to write and rewrite your novel. We’ll read and discuss examples from masters of the form, and you’ll have ample opportunity to create, workshop, and revise material for the novel you’ve always wanted to write.

This class will take place in Leimert Park, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Leimert Park
7:30 to 9:30 pm

July 12, 2018 to August 30, 2018

Chris L. Terry’s debut novel Zero Fade was on Best of 2013 lists by and Kirkus Reviews, who called it "original, hilarious, thought-provoking, and wicked smart . . .not to be missed." His novel Black Card, about a mixed-race punk musician with a black imaginary friend, is forthcoming from Catapult in 2019. Terry’s work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, PANK, 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.


"Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction’s hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter [. . .] Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed. —Kirkus Reviews

"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