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The Art of the Short Story

with Bernard Cooper in Silver Lake


7:30 to 9:30 pm
February 21 to April 11, 2019  


Lorrie Moore said, “A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” This eight-week workshop is all about love affairs and photographs: we'll read and write short stories, explore the elements that make up the genre, and experiment with different ways to craft our writing. The class is open to experienced writers and enthusiastic, serious beginners, and each student will write a short story to workshop with the group.

The workshop will be held in Silver Lake, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$420 for new students; $380 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)

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Bernard Cooper is the author of memoir, My Avant-Garde Education, recently published by W.W. Norton. He is also the author of The Bill From My FatherMaps To AnywhereA Year of RhymesTruth Serum, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. Cooper is the recipient of the PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, the O. Henry Prize, a Guggenheim grant, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays of 19881995, 1997, 2002, and 2008. His work has also appeared in magazines and literary reviews including Granta, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Story, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and for six years was the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine. Visit him online here.

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"Funny but not jokey, moral but not preachy, Bernard Cooper's stories [in Guess Again] reflect a great sense of humor and a bottomless reserve of humanity." —David Sedaris

"Wonderful . . . [Cooper's] delicate use of humor, sympathy, and humanity makes Guess Again a wonderful addition to the short-story canon." —Scott W. Helman, The Boston Globe

"Funny, compassionate, wistful . . . Cooper has a voice that is fluid and engaging." —Charles Wilson, The New York Times Book Review

"Gentle humor and wonder at the variety of directions life can go lurk in the crevices and secret corners of these stories." —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times