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Feb
14
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Feb
16
Tue
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES DTLA
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown UX Study Group & Peer Mentorship @ BLANKSPACES DTLA | Los Angeles | California | United States

This gathering is about peer mentorship. It is an opportunity for you to share with your colleagues something you’re interested in, whether it be to get feedback on a project, practice for an interview, to demonstrate a proficiency you can share with the community e.g. you do killer infographics, workflows or usability reports; discuss how to work with other professional teams, practice presentation skills – you can make it whatever you want it to be! Participation will be highly encouraged, but not required.  Our sole purpose for gathering is to support one another in our professional growth.

If you are

• an independent consultant looking for a second (friendly) opinion

• looking for project collaborators

• working on amping up your portfolio

• just getting started in your career as a UX designer

• a seasoned professional who’d like to help others grow in their careers

• interested in upping the stakes in your involvement in the community

or just curious what this is all about, please join us at the UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship event at BLANKSPACES in DTLA!

Be creative and use this time for whatever you need to move forward in your career.  Everyone is welcome: designers, user researchers, content strategists, developers, project managers, entrepreneurs and others.

Time for individual presentations to the group will be divided based on attendance so please be prepared to be flexible in your presentation time as it will be somewhere between  5 to 10 minutes.  After the presentations we’ll have 30 minutes to mingle, collaborate, and connect with the people who most resonated with you, or work a bit on a project and get more feedback before the night ends.

6:30 doors open, set up

7:00 Structured group critiques, inspired by Lane Haley’s presentation on “Structured UX Design Critiques

8:30 Open networking

9:00 wrap up

Please bring a project, portfolio or even just your resume to practice presenting and getting feedback on. Don’t miss this opportunity, bring business cards and be prepared to make lasting relationships.

Feb
18
Thu
DATA SCIENCE FOR FINANCE BOOT CAMP @ Biltmore Court CFALA Member Center
Feb 18 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
DATA SCIENCE FOR FINANCE BOOT CAMP @ Biltmore Court  CFALA Member Center | Los Angeles | California | United States
Data science is the art of extracting useful information from data.  It is also the foundation for machine learning / predictive technologies.  
 
If you are interested in learning how to better analyze your company/product/customer data to drive strategic decision making across your company and/or want to learn the basics of data science with the aim of developing products that utilize proprietary technologies, check out Import Classes’ Two-Day Introduction to Data Science course held on February 18th and 19th in Los Angeles in partnership with the CFA LA Society.  A link to the course is below:
 
 
If you are new to data science and want to learn more about it, check out IC’s blog and free resources section on the company’s website or drop Neal a line with specific questions: neal@importclasses.com
 
IC’s website is: 
 

**UPDATE 2/4: Classes are now 20% off!! The discount code is: DSFinance16**
Feb
19
Fri
DATA SCIENCE FOR FINANCE BOOT CAMP @ Biltmore Court CFALA Member Center
Feb 19 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
DATA SCIENCE FOR FINANCE BOOT CAMP @ Biltmore Court  CFALA Member Center | Los Angeles | California | United States
Data science is the art of extracting useful information from data.  It is also the foundation for machine learning / predictive technologies.  
 
If you are interested in learning how to better analyze your company/product/customer data to drive strategic decision making across your company and/or want to learn the basics of data science with the aim of developing products that utilize proprietary technologies, check out Import Classes’ Two-Day Introduction to Data Science course held on February 18th and 19th in Los Angeles in partnership with the CFA LA Society.  A link to the course is below:
 
 
If you are new to data science and want to learn more about it, check out IC’s blog and free resources section on the company’s website or drop Neal a line with specific questions: neal@importclasses.com
 
IC’s website is: 
 

**UPDATE 2/4: Classes are now 20% off!! The discount code is: DSFinance16**
Feb
21
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Feb
28
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Mar
6
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com

Mar
13
Sun
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA
Mar 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Fiction Writing Workshop @ BLANKSPACES LA | Los Angeles | California | United States

FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

with Jonathan Blum

Six weeks: February 7 – March 13, 2016

Sundays: 5 – 7 p.m.

Course Description

When was the last time you read a story that you couldn’t put down? We all want to write such

stories, but how do we do it?

In this class, we will workshop short stories or novel excerpts of up to 20 pages, with the goal of

helping each writer identify and build on the strengths of his/her work. In so doing, we will discuss

what makes a piece of fiction irresistible. Among the questions we will consider: In what ways

does this fiction engage and move us? Does the fiction have a recognizable structure that serves

the writer’s artistic aims? Do the events that make up the plot connect to create meaning? Do we

have a strong sense of who the characters are? Is setting used effectively? Does the language

capture our imagination? What is the story really about?

Class discussion will be frank, focused, and supportive. You will also do exercises, designed to

sharpen your fiction writing skills and generate new work. By the end of the course, you will leave

not only with fresh ideas for revision but with what could be the beginnings of new stories.

Instructor

Jonathan Blum is the author of Last Word (Rescue Press), a novella, which has been featured on

The Huffington Post and KCRW’s Bookworm as well as named one of the best books of 2013 by

Iowa Public Radio. Blum is a graduate of UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His short stories

have appeared or are forthcoming in Carolina Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest

Review, Playboy, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Iowa, Drew

University, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus

Society of America Award, a Hawthornden fellowship, and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer

Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Registration

Class size limited to ten students.

Class meets in Mid-Wilshire.

Cost: $480 per person.

Refundable until Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Contact

Jonathan Blum

(917) 566-1118

jonathanblumort@gmail.com