Steve Harper

About Steve Harper

STEVE HARPER is a writer, producer and actor. He is currently Supervising Producer on the hit CW series Stargirl. Other writing credits include God Friended Me (CBS), Tell Me Your Secrets (TNT / HBO Max) and ABC's Emmy Award winning drama American Crime (created by John Ridley). Steve spent two seasons writing for the USA Network show Covert Affairs. Steve's original web series SEND ME, about time traveling black people (writer, actor and Executive Producer) was nominated for a 2016 Emmy. As a playwright he has written more than 20 works that have been produced across the country. Through, 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. 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.

What’s The Plan?

This used to be my biggest impediment as a writer: I’d get so excited about an idea that I’d just start writing. No outline, no nothing. Somewhere along the line I’d become stuck and have no idea how to proceed. I believe that’s because I didn’t have […]

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Confidence is Not Required

I’ve been hearing this over and over again from writer friends and clients: some believe they’re handicapped because they don’t have confidence. Without it, they say, they are floundering in their writing careers. I don’t think confidence is required.

On confidence is described these ways:

1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a […]

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Here’s The Pitch!

Pitching may be the toughest thing you do as a writer.

In my life as a playwright, I have the luxury of writing FIRST. Rarely have I been in the position of telling someone what I was going to write before I wrote it. That means I have […]

By |2017-12-20T14:40:27-08:00November 2nd, 2017|The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Here’s The Pitch!

Write. Don’t Tell.

This happens all the time: I’m out somewhere and I meet a new person who is excited to hear that I’m a writer and a writing coach. The person claims she is “not yet” a writer, but has “great ideas”. Then she proceeds to tell me […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:09-08:00October 20th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Write. Don’t Tell.

Call & Response

In any dramatic scene, the energy should flow back and forth – like a tennis match. Someone says or does something and the other person responds. In the best scenes this movement is palpable – the power dynamic shifts – and the resulting momentum moves us into […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:09-08:00October 4th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Call & Response

Here’s What They Think of Your Writing

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook about contest submissions for writers. The person who posted was making the point that assessments about the winners and losers are “sometimes subjective”. I posted an alternate view: they’re always, 100% subjective. 100% of the time. 

It can […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:09-08:00September 22nd, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Here’s What They Think of Your Writing

What’s Your Question?

Recently I’ve been posting on Twitter, inviting people to send in questions about playwriting, TV writing and the “writing life”. I’m willing to answer the juiciest questions on video, posted to my YouTube page. Part of the reason I coach, is that I enjoy being […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:09-08:00September 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s Your Question?

Stop Thinking

This strange phenomenon happens all the time. I encounter a creative person who says they’re stuck. Often they paint themselves as desperate: looking for a lifeline from anywhere. Sometimes they claim to have no resources, no idea how to find their way to a job in their chosen creative field.

We […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00August 25th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Stop Thinking

Wisdom From Comic Con!

For the first time, I was invited to speak on a panel at Comic Con. The UCLA Extension School put a panel together of instructors who work in the entertainment industry. I was honored to be one of them.

If you’ve never been to Comic Con (I hadn’t […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00July 27th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Wisdom From Comic Con!

People Die

When I was in playwriting school, there were three distinct groups of artists under the umbrella of the school’s Drama Division: playwrights, directors and actors. We collaborated on occasion, but we had separate tracks in terms of classes and focus and goals. In the second year of […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00July 13th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on People Die