Scott O'Connor
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

This eight-week intermediate workshop is designed for writers who have already begun the process of drafting their novel and who need constructive criticism and astute readers. Each week, a different aspect of the novel will be addressed. We will troubleshoot various aspects of each writer's work, tackling issues such as plot, pace, and character. Over the course of this class, students will workshop up to thirty pages of their novel. In addition, we’ll talk about techniques for sticking to a long-term goal, continuing to find inspiration and fresh ideas, and how to keep sight of the forest while surrounded by trees.

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

7:30 to 9:30 pm
July 17, 2018 to September 4, 2018

Scott O’Connor is the author of the book of stories A Perfect Universe, the novels Untouchable and Half World, and the novella Among Wolves. He has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize and cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories. He has written for FOX, Universal Television, The New York Times Magazine, and The Los Angeles Review of Books.


“I sat down to read the first story in A Perfect Universe, only to look up several hours later having read the entire book in a single sitting. I fell in love with these characters from the first page. The storytelling in this book—tender and attentive, starkly poetic and always surprising—moved me at every turn.” —Attica Locke, Bluebird, Bluebird and Pleasantville)

"[Half World is an] "invigorating historical thriller . . . Intimately gripping . . . O'Connor writes with fire." —Kirkus Reviews

"[In Untouchable], Scott O'Connor speaks softly and somehow manages to make something beautiful of unspeakable matters . . . a voice so insistently stirring, you want to lean in close to catch every word." —The New York Times Book Review