Steve Harper

About Steve Harper

STEVE HARPER is on the writing staff of the Emmy Award winning ABC show American Crime (created by John Ridley). He spent two seasons writing for the USA Network show Covert Affairs and has written more than 20 plays. His original web series SEND ME, about time traveling black people (writer, actor and Executive Producer) was nominated for an Emmy. As a creativity coach, through yourcreativelife.com, Steve has been working with artists of all kinds since 2008, helping them achieve clarity and focus in their creative careers. His specialty is working with artists as they write dramatic scripts. Steve has run workshops in New York, L.A. and in between. Through live events, online seminars, and his channels on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, he’s helped thousands of writers and artists. Steve taught for The Harvardwood Writers Group, Young Playwrights and The Creative Gym. He’s been an instructor at the UCLA Extension School and a guest artist at Interlochen School for the Arts, Drexel University’s summer program in L.A. and USC’s Annenberg School. Steve is a graduate of Yale, The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard and the playwriting program at Juilliard. He was certified by the Creativity Coaching Association in 2013.

Curating, Conversing or Creating?

Someone told me this week that they’re cutting back on Facebook. I get it. It can be a time-suck. It’s tempting to spend time liking and posting and commenting. Your creative work (and other work) can be ignored in the wake of all that activity. There are […]

By | June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Curating, Conversing or Creating?

Someone told me this week that they’re cutting back on Facebook. I get it. It can be a time-suck. It’s tempting to spend time liking and posting and commenting. Your creative work (and other work) can be ignored in the wake of all that activity. There are […]

By | June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Start Again!


I was talking, recently, to an artist friend who was experiencing some frustration about his creative life. His big issue was that he felt like his projects weren’t moving fast enough. He expressed a desire to have the artistic life of a friend.

 

By | June 15th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Break All The Rules!

I’m teaching a class at the UCLA Extension School about developing your original story. Over 12 weeks, we’re exploring the basics behind TV movies, mini-series and TV shows. The class culminates in the students developing a pitch. They’ll turn in a written version and then they’ll pitch […]

By | June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Happens When Your TV Show Gets Cancelled

Last week when it was announced that ABC wouldn’t be renewing American Crime, I received the news like a punch in the gut.

I knew, intellectually, that it might happen: although our reviews were stellar [Deadline critic Dominic Patten called season 3 “the strongest installment yet in the Emmy-winning anthology series from John Ridley and ABC” and compared the […]

By | May 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You’re Not Writing

I was in a deep coaching conversation with a talented writer who said he wasn’t writing enough.

Feeling really disappointed in himself, he was reportedly doing any number of productive things with his time, but he wasn’t getting “enough” of his work done. I asked him what the writing tasks were and he listed them. He had some […]

By | May 5th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Anybody Want To Read My Script?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen those words in a Facebook group or a chat list. “Anybody want to read my script?” I think writers who post this kind of question are playing a dangerous game.

Feedback is a terrific and useful tool in the life of a writer. No matter the medium, it’s […]

By | April 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Think You Have Nothing To Say?

I’m teaching again at the UCLA Extension school, after a stint there last year. This class is about developing your own story. We started our adventure together with an exercise. I invited the students to introduce themselves – first one on one and then in the larger group. For each […]

By | April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Happens WHILE Your TV Show Is Airing

Last time I covered what happens prior to a TV show being broadcast. This article is about all the things that happen during the airing of the show. By that I mean during the run of the show – while the episodes are rolling out week to week. Here are some of the things that […]

By | March 23rd, 2017|The Writer's Life|0 Comments

What Happens Before Your TV Show Airs

On Sunday March 12th the third season of American Crime premiered on ABC.

It’s my first season as a writer on the show and I’m very excited. Though I’ve seen the first episode twice and the director’s cut of episode 6 (the one I wrote), I hadn’t seen the other installments of […]

By | March 21st, 2017|Creative Survival, Uncategorized|0 Comments