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Kate Maruyama
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning

May we recommend Novel I or Novel II?

In this intensive four-hour seminar, you will learn concrete revision techniques you can take away for your next rewrite. You will leave the class energized with an action plan for an intensive and results-oriented rewrite of your specific novel. During the class, we will roll up our sleeves and look your plot and structure, and how to rearrange your scenes to create building tension. We will explore your character and plot progression, the progression of information given to your reader over the course of a book and, on a micro level, you will learn how to dismantle a scene and recreate it to create the most punch.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Glendale where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served. If you would like to join a waitlist for this class, please contact us at



July 21, 2018
12:00 to 4:00 pm


Kate Maruyama’s novel Harrowgate was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Stoneboat, Arcadia Magazine, Controlled Burn, Salon, and The Rumpus, among other online journals, as well as in two anthologies. In addition to Writing Workshops Los Angeles, she teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles in their MFA and BA programs. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family.


"It's difficult to trace the point at which Kate Maruyama's Harrowgate makes a turn into darkness, but be assured that it most definitely does. Strong characters in a believable relationship, clear, flowing prose, and a plot that won't quit, make the menace palpable. Be prepared to stay up till dawn with this one." —Jeffrey Ford, author of The Shadow Year

"Strangely moving and movingly strange, Harrowgate is the world's creepiest answer to 'How's the wife and kid?' " —Daniel Handler, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events as Lemony Snicket