June 7, 2021

“The White Spot” in Best Peace Fiction anthology

My short story, “The White Spot,” appears in the anthology, The Best Peace Fiction: A Social Justice Anthology, published by University […]
February 22, 2021

Student wins American Short Fiction story contest

Rachel Vogel’s story “Visitors” won the 2019 Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize from American Short Fiction and was published in that magazine […]
February 20, 2021

National Library of Israel acquires The Usual Uncertainties

It’s an honor to have one’s book in any library, but I was especially honored to learn that The National […]
February 20, 2021

FVJN Book Group selects The Usual Uncertainties

I have just learned that the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors Book Group in Geneva, Illinois will be discussing The Usual […]
February 19, 2021

Molly Antopol visits fiction workshop

Molly Antopol visited my Winter 2021 fiction writing workshop. She conducted a 25-minute Q&A with students about her short story, […]
November 11, 2020

Kendall Jenner recommends The Usual Uncertainties

Model Kendall Jenner, who has 142 million Instagram followers, has recommended my short story collection, The Usual Uncertainties, in Life […]
November 3, 2020

Story published in Spanish on Medium

My short story “[It’s pomegranate season, and every evening]” from “Panels” has just been published online in Spanish on Medium. […]
June 11, 2020

Summer 2020 Advanced Workshop: SOLD OUT

For information on upcoming classes, please visit the Classes page of this website.
June 1, 2020

Elin Hilderbrand’s summer reading stack

I am proud and excited to get a recommendation from #1 NYT-bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand, who included The Usual Uncertainties […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
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) […]
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 […]
June 2, 2019

Summer Classes 2019

This summer I will be teaching three classes.   Two-Month Workshop Sunday, July 14 – Sunday, September 8 5 – […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
September 10, 2017

Fall 2017 Workshop in L.A.: SOLD OUT

Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 classes now enrolling. See Classes page.