Work in Progress: Novel

with Kate Maruyama in Glendale

Eight Wednesdays
7:00 to 9:00 pm
October 16 to December 11, 2019
(with no class on November 27)


In the course of this eight-week novel workshop, we’ll explore aspects of each writer's work, tackling issues such as plot, progression, scene, 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 will workshop with your fellow writers in a comfortable, but challenging, intense, but respectful environment. This class will give you a deeper understanding of your own process and help you develop solid writing routines, while helping you move deeper into your manuscript. The meetings will take place in Glendale, 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
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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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.


“Taking workshops with Kate Maruyama has really jumpstarted my writing productivity. Kate's thoughtful and even-handed guidance creates a helpful and warm environment in which students are able to share their works in progress. Thanks to Kate's classes, I've been able to make headway into my writing on a regular and consistent basis. I can't recommend Kate enough!” —Julie Carl

“I’m so grateful for Kate Maruyama’s novel writing workshops. I’ve found her to be especially helpful with process—everything from specific techniques, like index carding (to see how your novel is shaping up), to more abstract ideas, like how you don’t have to write every detail at once: you can go back in later drafts to ‘thread through’ the strands that are missing. Each term, we read and discussed a craft book as well as a novel and of course, we workshopped. Kate knows how to create a supportive yet honest environment and she is so incredibly encouraging. I’d recommend her class to anyone who wants to really move their book forward.” —Krista Wicklund



"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