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Short Story 1 Short Story Writing Workshop

Online Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 21, Feb 28 (5 Sunday Afternoons)2:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific$4254 Spots Left

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Have you dreamed about getting a short story published in a literary journal like McSweeney’s? Now’s your chance! In this 5-week Online short story workshop, Mathieu Cailler (The Los Angeles Times, Saturday Evening Post) will help you craft a brilliant, heartfelt tale about the human condition! Through fun, in-class writing exercises and engaging craft talks, he’ll help you brainstorm new ideas and write a draft of a literary gem.

Mathieu will address the essential elements of fiction that make stories succeed: outlining, mapping, character, plot, change, and even point out the usual mistakes writers make that can cause a story to fall flat. What qualifies as story? How does one create stories in which characters act and are not simply acted upon? How does a writer take what she or he has and make it better? In addition to this, he will show participants the best resources for finding suitable and reputable publishers… and ultimately getting their work out into the world.

By end of the class, you’ll have a polished publication-ready short story as well as a solid plan for where to submit it. Experienced and beginning writers welcome. Before you know it, you will be ready to join the ranks of the 40 students who have published short stories after taking this class. Prepare to bring on your inner Salinger!

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How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

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Mathieu Cailler

Saturday Evening Post, Short Story America Prize

Mathieu Cailler is an award-winning author whose poetry and prose have been widely featured in numerous national and international publications, including the Los Angeles Times and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he is the winner of a Short Story America Prize and a Shakespeare Award. He is the author of the short-story collection, Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press), which has been honored by the Hollywood, New York, London, Paris, Best Book, and International Book Awards; the poetry collection, May I Have This Dance? (About Editions), winner of the 2017 New England Book Festival Poetry Prize; and the children's book, The (Underappreciated) Life of Humphrey Hawley (About Editions), which has been nominated for the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Award, among other notable prizes. His most recent books are the poetry collection, Catacombs of the Heart (Spartan Press) and Hi, I'm Night (Olympia), a children's book. His first novel, Heaven and Other Zip Codes, will be published by Open Books in late 2020. Mathieu is a former elementary school school teacher with a clear California Credential and a master's degree in education from Loyola Marymount University. In addition, he is the founder of an educational therapy private practice. MORE