FICTION-WRITING CLASSES

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.

Welcome, writer. I offer workshops in Downtown Los Angeles as well as on Zoom. I have been teaching fiction writing in L.A. since 2015. My students have gone on to attend an array of MFA programs and to publish widely. You may enroll in any of my classes by scrolling down to the pay option and following the steps.

Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Classes are refundable up until 10 days before the class starts.

Students must be at least 18 years old.

Upcoming Courses

  • Jaime Goodrich, 2020 and 2022 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
  • Arabella Field, 2017, 2018, and 2020 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
  • Faiza Ambah, 2019 student

    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

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  • Rachel Vogel
    "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
  • Heidy Garcia
    "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
  • Brian Tran
    “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

SIX-WEEK WORKSHOP


Course Description

  • Open to writers of all experience levels, including beginners. Class size limited to 10.
  • We’ll start by discussing how fiction works, what makes for a good opening, and how to create and develop 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 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, improve your use of language, and revise drafts.

WORKSHOP

Dates: November 9 - December 14
Time: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT
Location: Zoom
Text: The O. Henry Prize Winners 2022, edited by Valeria Luiselli
Fee: $630
Dates: September 14 – October 19
Time: Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. PT
Location: Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
Text: Best American Short Stories 2017
Fee: $630

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TWO-MONTH ADVANCED WORKSHOP


Course Description

  • In this course, called Revision Workshop, you will study how to revise your own works of fiction.
  • Our text will be a course reader I have created. The reader contains published short stories along with earlier drafts of these stories, as well as interviews and essays on revision.
  • Throughout the course, you will do at-home exercises where you explore components of revision--characterization, use of setting, weaving in of history, etc. You will then share and discuss these exercises in class.
  • Each writer will be able to workshop up to 30 pages of fiction. 
  • The class is open to committed, experienced writers. Class size limited to 10.
  • A writing sample may be requested for entry into this workshop.

WORKSHOP

Dates: June 30 - August 25
Time: Every other Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT
Location: Zoom
Text: Revison Workshop course reader
I have created a course reader for this workshop. Once you enroll, I will mail the course reader to you.
Fee: $770 (tuition) + $45 (course reader) = $815
Dates: July 6 - August 31
Time: Every other Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
Text: Revision Workshop course reader
I have created a course reader for this workshop. Once you enroll, I will mail the course reader to you.
Fee: $770 (tuition) + $45 (course reader) = $815

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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.