Jonathan Blum grew up in Miami and graduated from UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of Last Word, a novella, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Iowa Public Radio and was featured on KCRW’s Bookworm with host Michael Silverblatt. His short stories have appeared in Carolina QuarterlyGulf CoastPlayboySonora Review, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at Drew University and The University of Iowa. He received a 2016 Hawthornden fellowship in Scotland and was a guest writer at the 2016 Tianjin Binhai New Area International Writing Program in China. He is also the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. This is his seventh year teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches fiction writing workshops. He can be found online at





Creating Compelling Characters in Fiction

Short Story Workshop