Work in Progress: Novel
with Rachel M. Harper in Los Feliz

Los Feliz
7:30 to 9:30 pm
August 5 to September 16, 2019
(with no class on September 2)


In the course of this six-week novel workshop, we’ll explore aspects of each writer's work, tackling issues such as plot, pace, setting, and character. Additionally, the class will cover techniques for sticking to a long-term goal—how to continue to find inspiration and fresh ideas and how to keep sight of the forest while surrounded by trees. You can expect our meetings to be comfortable but challenging, intense but respectful. This class will give you a deeper understanding of your own process, while helping you move further into your manuscript. This class will take place in Los Feliz, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Our Work in Progress classes are designed for writers who have started a first draft of a story, essay, or book-length project and who would like constructive criticism and astute readers as they continue to write. Writers can take multiple versions of our Work in Progress classes until their drafts are complete.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$350 for new students; $320 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. She is the author of two novels: This Side of Providence, shortlisted for the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award, and Brass Ankle Blues, named a Borders’ Original Voices Award finalist and a Target Breakout Book. Her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including African American Review, Chicago Review, Carolina Quarterly, BLACK COOL—One Thousand Streams of Blackness, and Mending the World. She has received fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and co-wrote a television pilot based on Jacqueline Woodson’s novel Hush, which was a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab finalist. Harper is on the faculty at Spalding University's low-residency MFA Program and teaches MFA Writing at Otis College of Art and Design. Her website is