Jonathan Blum’s fiction writing workshop starts September 27 and runs for six weeks. Just 10 students!
In this class, your will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of helping you identify and build on the strengths of your work. Among the questions the group will consider:
• In what ways does this fiction engage and move us?
• Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves the writer’s artistic aims?
• Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning?
• Do we have a strong sense of who the characters are?
• Is setting used effectively?
• Does the language capture our imagination?
• What is the story really about?
Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.