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The Art of the Short Story

with Neelanjana Banerjee at Other Books in Boyle Heights


10:30 am to 12:30 pm
February 10, 2019 to April 21, 2019
(with no class on March 3, March 31, and April 14)

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 at Other Books in Boyle Heights, 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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Neelanjana Banerjee’s short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, PANK, The Liner, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Online, World Literature Today, The Literary Review, Nimrod, and anthologies like Breaking the Bow: Speculative Stories Inspired by the Ramayana (Zubaan Books, 2012) and Desilicious: Sexy, Subversive, South Asian (Arsenal Press, 2003), among other places. She co-edited the award-winning Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010) and The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Shifts and Quakes of Los Angeles (Tia Chucha Press). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and has been awarded writing residencies from Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. Her journalism about literature and culture can be seen at Colorlines, Fiction Writers Review, HTML Giant, Hyphen, Word Riot, and other places around the World Wide Web. She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press and teaches creative writing at UCLA. She lives in El Sereno and is working on her first novel. Visit her online here.


"WWLA is one of the best things I experienced after moving to LA. I lucked into the final spot in one of Neela Banerjee's Novel II workshops. We had a great mix of writers and skill levels. The goal was to complete and workshop 40 pages, a mark I didn't believe I could meet. Neela's weekly page requirement, expert guidance, feedback, and facilitation of our group of aspiring novelists helped me to exceed that goal. I was often awestruck by my classmates' writing and delighted to be moved to tears or laughter. Neela helped me understand, at last, what a scene consists of, which resulted in some of my best writing to date. I can't recommend WWLA highly enough." —Charlotte Sherman

“Even after taking two of Neela Banerjee‘s workshops, her instruction continues to surpass my expectations. In Fiction III, Neela’s insight (and expert facilitation of the workshop) allowed me to make big strides in a short story that I’d been editing in painful circles for over a year. In Novel I, Neela designed a class schedule that pushed us to produce 40 pages of new material (leaving time for everyone in the class to get this new material workshopped) while reading thought-provoking articles on craft. I’ve never been so productive. Neela does not hesitate to go beyond her role as workshop leader. She has been more than generous in providing me with advice for the future of my writing. I’d highly recommend Neela to anyone.” —Jacquelyn Stolos