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Short Fiction: From Conception to Publication

  • The Wallace House 756 16th Street Des Moines, IA, 50314 United States (map)

When: Friday, October 27th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Saturday, October 28th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Sunday, October 29th, 9:30am-3:30pm (Lunch break at noon)

Where: The Wallace House, 756 16th St, Des Moines, IA 50314

Cost: $265 ($235 early bird price through September 1st)


In Short Fiction: From Conception to Publication, award-winning author Mathieu Cailler will examine how a story comes to be and how to see this process all the way through. 

All writers are familiar with that quick strike of an idea that arrives in strange ways—from quiet moments while driving or a late-night walk with the dog—but what then? How does one take an idea and flesh it out into a story? And after a story is written, revised, and ultimately completed, then what to do? How does one find a suitable market? How does one submit a story and get it published? 

Cailler will address the essential elements of short fiction that separate it from other genres, and he will speak to how practicing the short form can grow one's ability to attempt and conquer longer, novel-like work. In addition, he will show participants the best resources for finding suitable publishers and how short fiction can allow a writer to publish frequently and bolster his or her writing credentials. 

Writers will leave this workshop with a renewed sense of passion, purpose, and direction. This workshop is designed for writers of all levels and backgrounds. 


Mathieu Cailler’s 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 recipient of a Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction and a Shakespeare Award for Poetry. He is the author of Clotheslines (Red Bird Press), Shhh (ELJ Publications), and Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press), which has been honored by the Hollywood, New York, London, Paris, Best Book, and International Book Awards. His upcoming poetry collection May I Have This Dance? (Black Magic Media) is slated for publication in December 2017. He has presented at libraries, bookstores, and writing conferences all over America and is thrilled to be a teaching at the Iowa Writers’ House in Des Moines. For more information, please visit


I want to teach this workshop to get writers to fear less and tackle the blank page with blithe freedom. Art is delicate and beautiful, but what I like to stress most is that we don't need to get it right the first time . . . we just need to keep showing up and progressing day by day to get our creations into the world.


Everyone has a story to tell. If you are financially unable to attend this workshop, scholarships are available through our generous partners and donors. Apply here.


Helping another person attend a workshop is helping them achieve their dreams. Thank you for making our world a better place.


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