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To make a reservation, please email Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at sharonpadua@lfla.org with 1) your name, 2) email address and 3) telephone number.

Variously labeled Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Short-Shorts, a new and very brief form of the traditional short story has arisen on the American literary scene. Join Bernard Cooper, award-winning author and memoirist, to examine several examples of Sudden Fiction by some of our most important and exciting contemporary writers. What is the difference between an anecdote and a story?  Why and how does brevity create a strong impact?  Explore both the craft and theory of the art of fiction through brief texts read in class.


This is a free program that will be held at the Woodland Hills Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at sharonpadua@lfla.org or 213.292.6268.


Reservation and Wait-list Policy

LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.

Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained. If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time to the best of your ability. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

Bernard Cooper

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 Father, Maps To Anywhere, A  Year of Rhymes, Truth 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 1988, 1995, and 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.

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