I Am Taking an Online Short Story Class

because I want to see how

Someone Else An Expert teaches

how to write a story.  A class I’ve taught for years.

Class started with a joke an example of structure but

the joke wasn’t funny. Proust,

Hemingway and Kafka were there  because this is a writing class

the punchline wasn’t actually a punchline but maybe

I’ll start the next class I teach with Mel Brooks

or my mother’s favorite joke  and maybe I’ll actually

write a new story because of the Expert and the Online Story Class.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. The best jokes are still at the Cairo class. I’m anxious to hear Mel Brooks.A couple grew up in Cairo went to school together went to ucla married and retired to Cairo. The second evening they visited the school wandering around all the rooms. On their way home the woman spotted an envelope brought it home.Inside was $12G in 100’s.”Florida here we come” she yelled. Secretly the husband called the police. Next day 2 of them are at the door repeating the phone call to her. She said”we’ve been together all our lives and I’m afraid he has a little dementia sometimes is living in the past,ask him where we were coming from when I supposedly found all this money” They did and John replied “yesterday evening when Marie and I were coming home from school, blah blah” Marie looked at the police and said “What did I tell you?”

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