March 29, 2020

Jewish Book Council review

Benjamin Selesnick has just reviewed The Usual Uncertainties for the Jewish Book Council. Check out the review here.
March 24, 2020

As of March 2020, offering online classes

All of my fiction-writing classes are now being taught online. See the Classes page of this website for specifics. Financial aid is available. This is a […]
February 29, 2020

Interview on Angels Flight • literary west

My interview with Breanna Chia appears on the Los Angeles-based online literary magazine Angels Flight • literary west.
February 13, 2020

Selected Shorts: Getty Museum on March 15

The PRI show, Selected Shorts, where actors read short stories to an audience, will be coming to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles on March 15, […]
January 17, 2020

Winter 2020 Six-Week Workshop: SOLD OUT

Check the Classes page of this website to find upcoming workshops and other classes that are still open.
January 15, 2020

On KCRW’s Bookworm

I will appear on KCRW’s Bookworm with host Michael Silverblatt on Thursday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. The show will be available as a podcast after […]
January 3, 2020

Poets & Writers

I have a short nonfiction piece up about my neighborhood on the Poets & Writers website.
December 11, 2019

One of the 15 best short story collections of 2019: Electric Literature

December 8, 2019

One of the best fiction books of 2019: Iowa Public Radio

Iowa Public Radio has named The Usual Uncertainties one of the best fiction books to give as a gift in 2019.
November 25, 2019

Jewish Book Council blog

The Jewish Book Council blog posted a story from The Usual Uncertainties, along with a short piece I wrote about the story. Check it out here.
November 16, 2019

Miami Book Fair: Sat. November 23

I will be recording a podcast with Lisa Birnbach at the Miami Book Fair on Saturday, November 23 at 5 p.m. The event is open to […]
November 13, 2019

Deborah Eisenberg recommends “The White Spot” on Electric Literature

November 7, 2019

Interview on L.A. Review of Books

Here is an interview with Holiday Reinhorn that appears in the blog section of the Los Angeles Review of Books: http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/interviews/psalms-arent-mentioned-theyre-talking-jonathan-blum/
August 23, 2019

Book tour dates

Sunday, November 3 Skylight Books Los Angeles, CA 5 p.m. RSVP here Tuesday, November 12 Milkweed Books (with Peter Bognanni) Minneapolis, MN 7 p.m. RSVP here […]
July 30, 2019

Book tour begins Sun., Nov. 3 at Skylight

https://www.skylightbooks.com/event/jonathan-blum-discusses-his-new-short-story-collection-usual-uncertainties My tour to launch the story collection The Usual Uncertainties will begin on Sunday, November 3 at 5 p.m. at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. Such a […]
June 2, 2019

Summer Classes 2019

This summer I will be teaching three classes.   Two-Month Workshop Sunday, July 14 – Sunday, September 8 5 – 8 p.m. Larchmont   One-Day Class […]
June 2, 2019

“15 Top Writing Classes in Los Angeles”

According to a recent article called  “15 Top Writing Classes in Los Angeles”  by Katrina Kwan of Writing Tips Oasis, my fiction-writing workshops are #5 in […]
May 29, 2019

Publication Date of The Usual Uncertainties: Nov. 1

My story collection The Usual Uncertainties will be published by Rescue Press on November 1, 2019.
May 10, 2019

Reviews of my fiction writing classes on Yelp

Click here to see reviews of my fiction writing classes on Yelp.  
May 7, 2019

One-Day Class 5/18 in Larchmont

In this class, which is called “Starting New Stories,” we are going to explore different approaches for how to start a new story. The goal of […]
April 16, 2019

Michelle Latiolais visits class to discuss Widow

Michelle Latiolais, author of, among other books, the story collection Widow, visited my Spring 2019 Workshop in Pasadena on May 5. She conducted a Q&A session with […]
April 1, 2019

2019 Iowa Summer Writing Festival: June 22 – 28

This June, I will be teaching two intensive writing classes–a generative weekend fiction-writing class called “Who Is I?” and a week-long short story workshop–at The Iowa […]
March 11, 2019

One-Day Class in Larchmont on Sunday, March 17

On Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Larchmont, I’ll be teaching a one-day fiction writing class called “Starting New Stories.” If you’ve been stuck recently trying to […]
November 15, 2018

Mandarin translation of “Boca” published

My short story, “Boca,” originally published in the literary magazine New York Stories in 2002, has been translated into Mandarin by Mia Guo and published in […]
November 15, 2018

Winter and Spring 2019 Workshops

Here are the dates of my Winter and Spring 2019 six-week workshop offerings. Winter 2019 January 20 — February 24, Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m. […]
November 15, 2018

New Class for Winter 2019: Two-Month Workshop

This is a workshop designed for committed fiction writers of any experience level who are seeking support with longer-term projects (story collections, novels, etc.) and the […]
September 22, 2018

Audio recording of “The White Spot”

Listen to me reading my short story, “The White Spot,” on the Kenyon Review website.  
September 15, 2018

Workshop member publishes story in American Short Fiction

Holiday Reinhorn, who has taken several of my fiction writing workshops, most recently in Winter 2019, has published a short story, “Our Lady of Perpetual Sadness,” […]
September 10, 2018

“The White Spot” published in the Kenyon Review

My short story, “The White Spot,” appears in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of the Kenyon Review. To order a copy, go to the Kenyon Review website.
August 30, 2018

Classes 12/1 in Pasadena and 12/8 in Santa Monica

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, I will be hosting a one-day fiction writing class in Pasadena. The subject will be how to create fictional characters. You […]
August 30, 2018

Fall 2018 Workshop in Santa Monica

I will be running a six-week fiction writing workshop in Santa Monica from October 5 to November 9. The class meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. […]
August 30, 2018

Fall 2018 Workshop in Pasadena

I will be running a six-week fiction writing workshop in Pasadena from September 23 to October 28. The workshop will meet on Sundays from 5 to […]
August 30, 2018

“Panels” published in Angels Flight • literary west

My series of one-page stories, “Panels,” appears on the Los Angeles-based cultural and literary website Angels Flight • literary west. Panels are small oil paintings done […]
March 13, 2018

2018 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

From June 16 to June 22, 2018, I will be teaching two intensive fiction writing classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City. See […]
February 5, 2018

Michelle Huneven visits class

Last night, Michelle Huneven joined my Winter 2018 fiction writing class to discuss characterization in her short story, “Too Good To True.” She also took questions […]
January 31, 2018

Student gets into MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis

Brian Tran got into the MFA program in fiction writing at Washington University in St. Louis. He will receive a fellowship that covers his tuition as […]
January 24, 2018

Rescue Press to publish my story collection in 2019

Rescue Press, which brought out my first book in 2013, has accepted my story collection, The Usual Uncertainties, for publication in Fall 2019.
January 13, 2018

Student publishes three short stories

William Deverell, who was, most recently, in my Spring 2018 workshop, has published his third short story, “Driftwood,” in The Cost of Paper, Volume 5, an […]
January 8, 2018

Spring 2018 Workshop to be held in Pasadena

My Spring 2018 fiction writing workshop will be held on six consecutive Sundays from April 22 – May 27  at 5 – 7 p.m. The workshop […]
December 20, 2017

Winter 2018 Workshop in Pasadena: SOLD OUT

My Winter 2018 fiction writing class will take place on six consecutive Sundays from January 21 – February 25 in Pasadena. This class has sold out.
September 10, 2017

Fall 2017 Workshop in L.A.: SOLD OUT

Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 classes now enrolling. See Classes page.
August 8, 2017

Michael Silverblatt turns 65

What better way to celebrate L.A.’s one-of-a-kind Bookworm and light than with a party at Hollywood’s Lacha Somtum (which, I am told, means “King of Papaya […]
March 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Workshop in L.A.: SOLD OUT

My Spring 2017 fiction writing workshop in L.A. has sold out. Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 classes are now enrolling. See Classes page for more details.
February 13, 2017

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Fall 2017

My Fall 2017 fiction writing workshop takes place on six consecutive Sundays from 5 – 7 p.m. from September 17 through October 22. The workshop will […]
December 11, 2016

2017 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

From June 17 to June 23, 2017, I will be teaching two intensive fiction writing classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City. Keep […]
October 21, 2016

“Weekly Status Report” published in Sonora Review

My short story, “Weekly Status Report,” which takes place in the world of competitive Scrabble, can be found in the fall 2016 issue of Sonora Review. […]
October 11, 2016

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Spring 2017

My Spring 2017 fiction writing workshop runs for six weeks from Sunday, April 2 through Sunday, May 7. The workshop will take place in Mid-Wilshire. Students […]
July 20, 2016

To China

For three weeks, starting August 30, 2016, I will be a guest writer at the Tianjin Binhai International Writing Program in Tianjin, China’s fourth most populous […]
June 6, 2016

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Fall 2016

My Fall 2016 fiction writing workshop runs from Sunday, October 30 – Sunday, December 11. The class meets in Mid-Wilshire. Class size is limited to ten […]
April 23, 2016

Off to Scotland

My fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle begins Sunday, April 24, 2016.