UCLA Extension

Aaron Shulman

Aaron Shulman headshotInstructor Biography:

MFA, fiction and nonfiction writer whose work has been published in The Believer, The American Scholar, The New Republic, and The Literary Review, among others. Mr. Shulman is a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Review of Books and his first book, a narrative history of the Panero family of Spain, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2018.

Instructor Statement:

I’m grateful to have writing as a central part of my life for many reasons, but perhaps foremost is the way it allows me to take my lived experiences, both good and bad, and convert them into something personally (and hopefully artistically) meaningful. I like to show students that beyond just a rewarding use of time, practicing the craft of fiction is a rich approach to life. Through experimentation with language and storytelling techniques, one’s observations, memories, and perceptions, however banal or extravagant, can find new form and vitality by way of that explosive element of transformation–the imagination. I’m not a strict adherent of write-what-you-know (though I’m not against it either), but believe good stories come from honest intentions. Even the most wildly conceived worlds can feel real if they emerge from the hungry embrace of what’s in front of us day after day.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Aaron was very focused in his command of the basics of writing, and showing beginners just how to begin writing. Class participation was the best part of the class—Aaron fostered a wonderful, collaborative learning environment.”  — Writers’ Program Student

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