CLASSES

Thanks for your interest, writer. Welcome.

Almost all of my fiction-writing classes are held online using Zoom. These classes run year-round and draw writers from all over the world.

I am currently offering one in-person workshop, in November – December 2022, which will meet in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. 

Course offerings and descriptions can be found below.

You may enroll in any of my classes by scrolling down to the pay option and following the steps.

Please feel welcome to contact me with questions.  

With warm regards,

Jonathan

Instagram: @jonathanblumwriter

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UPCOMING COURSES

SIX-WEEK WORKSHOPS

Fall 2022

September 17 – October 22, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT  

Location: Zoom

 

Fall 2022

November 5 – December 10, Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT

Location: Arts District, DTLA

 

TWO-MONTH ADVANCED WORKSHOP

Winter 2023

January 14 – March 11, every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT

Location: Zoom

 

ONE-DAY CLASS: Creating Compelling Characters

Fall 2022

Sunday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT

Location: Zoom

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I recently finished a writing class with Jonathan, and it’s the best writing class I’ve ever taken. He is supportive and his classes attract talented writers, so you end up being surrounded by and getting feedback from not only Jonathan but a group of gifted writers. The class was an inspiring treat.”

–Faiza Ambah, 2019 student

This is the best writing class in Los Angeles. Getting to attend Jonathan’s fiction writing workshop is like having the Iowa Writers’ Workshop come to you. Jonathan’s rare, thoughtful approach and innate brilliance will change you as a writer. Already I have had a short story turned into a draft of a novel and another short story published. Jonathan has helped me move my work to the next level.”

–Arabella Field, 2017, 2018, and 2020 student

After a decade of writer’s block, I enrolled in Jonathan’s online workshop.  Jonathan creates a supportive and thoughtful environment for the study of craft.  He encouraged me to take risks as a writer and think deeply about stories in ways that I could never have imagined.  His classes are truly life-altering. With Jonathan’s guidance, I applied to a number of top-notch MFA programs, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be attending Warren Wilson in the spring. I couldn’t have done it without him.”

–Jaime Goodrich, 2020 and 2022 student

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Jonathan Blum’s fiction-writing workshops are among the best in L.A. according to  “15 Top Writing Classes in Los Angeles”  by Katrina Kwan of Writing Tips Oasis.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SIX-WEEK WORKSHOP
  • Open to writers of all experience levels, including beginners. Class size limited to ten.
  • We’ll start by discussing how fiction works, what makes for a good opening, and how to create characters.
  • Each member of the class will draft a short story or novel excerpt of up to 20 pages, to be workshopped by the group.
  • You will each read and discuss published short stories and do weekly writing exercises, designed to sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work.
  • Throughout the course, you will study how to structure a story, imbue your writing with meaning, and revise drafts.

Fall 2022

September 17 – October 22, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT  

Location: Zoom

Text: Best American Short Stories 2019

Fee: $610

 

Fall 2022

November 5 – December 10, Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT

Location: Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles*

Text: Best American Short Stories 2017

Fee: $610

*Members of this workshop must be vaccinated and will have to self-test for Covid-19 the day before each class meeting.

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Jonathan’s workshop was a game-changer for me. I had long been rejecting the techniques and habits of Screenwriting 101, and his class presented me with a more honest, organic approach to storytelling. He had plenty of expert knowledge to share with us week to week, but the core of his class was in guiding each of us to find our own way as writers. It was incredibly empowering, and I only wish I’d found him sooner.”

–Brian Tran, 2015 student

“Having almost no fiction writing experience, I was initially intimidated by the quality of writers attending Jonathan’s workshop and the work they produced.  However, despite my lack of experience, I never felt out of place or in over my head.  Instead, I found encouragement and support from Jonathan and the other attendees.  I began the workshop having written almost nothing, and left with a story that I am proud to put my name on. I am eager to take his workshop the next time it is offered.”

–Todd Sheridan, 2019 student

“I enjoyed the workshop immensely! I was new to fiction writing, and the course provided sumptuous opportunities to learn. I am now more focused as a storyteller, and I can engage readers on a deeper level. I highly recommend this class!”

–Ying Lau, 2019 student

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TWO-MONTH ADVANCED WORKSHOP
  • For committed, experienced writers seeking community as well as support with longer-term projects (story collections, novels, etc.) and the writing life. Class size limited to ten.
  • Each writer will be able to workshop fiction up to 30 pages.
  • Writers will do at-home exercises, which we’ll discuss in class. We’ll also study published fiction.
  • The caliber of instruction will be that of a course in an MFA program.

Winter 2023

January 14 – March 11, every other Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT

Location: Zoom

Text: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Fee: $750

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Jonathan Blum is an amazing instructor. He really knows his stuff. I was a first-timer — never had I written any fiction. I genuinely enjoyed every class session. Writing is an art form and I am a much better artist because of this class and Jonathan.

–Heidy Garcia, 2016 student

I have taken many, many fiction writing classes, and Jonathan is one of the best instructors I’ve had. His knowledge of craft runs deep, and he is honest yet supportive. I highly recommend his class.

–Rachel Vogel, 2018 and 2019 student

“I was hesitant and nervous to take the class, having never taken a writing workshop before, but I’m real glad I did.  I read some amazing fiction, got back into a habit of writing creatively through weekly exercises, and for the first time, had people read and respond to my work.  That was an incredible experience that I feel like you can only get at a workshop. Jonathan did a terrific job pointing out our strengths and aspects of our writing that we could improve upon. I highly recommend the class.”

–Daniel Bang, 2017 student

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ONE-DAY CLASS: Creating Compelling Characters
  • Exciting, total-immersion course.
  • You’ll study how to invent complex, irresistible characters that readers will care about.
  • No preparation or experience needed. Perfect for beginners and more seasoned writers.
  • Class will help you generate new work.
  • You’ll put your characters into a range of settings, time periods, and dramatic situations.
  • By the end of the day, you’ll be ready to weave new characters into stories.

Sunday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT

Location: Zoom

Fee: $195

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Cancellation policy: My classes are refundable until 10 days before the class is held.

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    Student Successes

    BRITTANY BALLARD won the Denver Write Club’s monthly competitive reading series with her short story, “Chopin.” Her work of creative nonfiction “Things I Haven’t Told You” was published by Suspect Press. She was in my 2015 and 2016 workshops.

    BREANNA CHIA conducted an interview with me that appears in Angels Flight – literary west. She published an essay, “The Act of Seeing,” in Blog//The Los Angeles Review of Books. She was in my 2017 and 2020 workshops.

    WILLIAM DEVERELL, who has taken several of my workshops, most recently in 2021, has a short story, “Driftwood,” in The Cost of Paper, Volume 5. His short story, “Arraigned,” appears in Angels Flight – literary west. He was awarded a California Writing Residency in Lake Arrowhead by the 1888 Center + Yefe Nof. He published his short story, “Evangel,” in Exposition Review, Volume 1. “Evangel” was nominated for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

    JOSHUA ELIAS, who was in my 2016 and 2017 workshops, was selected by The New Short Fiction Series for its 14th Annual Emerging Voices Group Show in North Hollywood.

    ARABELLA FIELD has a micro-story, “Breakfast Blend,” on The Rose City Sisters. She has taken five of my workshops.

    JAIME GOODRICH was admitted to the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in fiction. She has been in my 2020 and 2022 workshops.

    LINDA JASSIM’s stories, “L.A. Story: The New Neighbors” and “The Crossing,” have been published on Hamline Lit Link. Linda read “The Crossing” as part of the Drunken Masters series at The Escondite in DTLA. She attended the Writer’s Hotel writers conference in New York City. Her story “The Wall” was published on VietnamWarPoetry.com. Linda has been in seven of my workshops, most recently in 2021.

    MAJELLA PINTO will be attending the Antioch University low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She was in my 2020 workshop.

    LILI RAMIREZ published a short story, “Just Pure Pleasure and Joy,” in the online magazine, Rebelle Society. Lili was in my 2019 and 2021 workshops.

    DANIEL SPIELBERGER got into the MFA program in Creative Writing at CalArts. While there, he will also take Critical Studies courses. Daniel was in my 2017 and 2018 workshops.

    BRIAN TRAN got into the MFA program in fiction writing at Washington University in St. Louis. He will receive a fellowship that covers the cost of tuition and provides a $23,000 annual stipend. Brian attended the Tin House Summer Workshop in Portland, Oregon. He was in my 2015 workshop.

    RACHEL VOGEL’s story “Visitors” won the 2019 Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize from American Short Fiction and was published in that magazine. The judge was Rebecca Makkai. Rachel has a story, “Skinny,” in the Harvard Review. Rachel was in my 2018 and 2019 workshops.

    MAGGIE WELSH has a micro-story, “The Conference,” on The Rose City Sisters. She has taken four of my workshops, most recently in 2021.

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    Manuscript Services

    I read fiction manuscripts, from short stories to novels. I am thorough about it too.

    I will closely read your work, send you a detailed written response, and talk with you on the phone about the work.

    The fee is 5 cents/word with a minimum charge of $200.

    Let me know if I can help.