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Kate Maruyama
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 new; $380 returning

“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” —David Sedaris

This eight-week workshop will explore the techniques and varieties of artistry that go into the tightly structured, carefully drawn art of the short story. We'll read and write short stories, we'll explore the elements that make up the genre, and we'll experiment with different ways to craft our writing. In addition to weekly exercises and prompts, each student will write a short story to workshop with the group. The class is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners.

The workshop will be held in Glendale, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.


7:00 to 9:00 pm
May 2, 2018 to June 20, 2018

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.

Reviews for Harrowgate

"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, The Shadow Year

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