Daniel M. Jaffe

Instructor Biography:

MFA, internationally published fiction writer, essayist, and literary translator whose latest novel is The Genealogy of Understanding, a Rainbow Award finalist and honorable mention. Mr. Jaffe’s other work includes The Limits of Pleasure, selected by ForeWord Magazine as a Book of the Year Award finalist, and Jewish Gentle and other Stories of Gay-Jewish Living. He is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing.

Instructor Statement:

Creative writers flourish only in a trusting environment–here we are, exposing parts of ourselves, our imaginations, experiences, philosophies, loves, and hates. I try to foster an atmosphere of comfort and trust where we can feel free to explore our potentials, to experiment, to take creative risks which might or might not merit repetition. We comment on each others’ work in order to learn from one another, to give mutual guidance. What are our technical and inspirational strengths as writers? What are our weaknesses that need shoring up? We’ll probably find ourselves disagreeing at times. The key is to explore why we disagree and how we can learn from contrasting opinions.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Daniel Jaffe is generous, kind, smart, humorous, effective, present, and fair. He is a gift to his students and your teaching institution. I would never hesitate for a moment before taking another class from him.” —Writers’ Program student

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