ZYZZYVA is pleased to announce our 2019 Writers’ Workshops, launching this Summer & Winter with intensive 1-Day master classes in Fiction and Playwriting.

Each six-hour course will take place at ZYZZYVA’s offices in the historic Mechanics’ Institute Building in downtown San Francisco. Courses focus on personalized critique and craft discussion from the instructor, as well as traditional workshop-style group discussion. Workshops will conclude with wine and a round table discussion with the Editors of ZYZZYVA about the publishing industry, what to expect when working with editors, how to make the right impression with your submission, and more.

Coffee and snacks will be provided in the morning. In the afternoon, participants are free to have lunch together or on their own in downtown San Francisco (a map of suggested nearby restaurants will be provided).


FICTION WORKSHOP WITH LORI OSTLUND on May 4th, 2019

Submission Deadline: March 4th, 2019


FICTION WORKSHOP WITH ANTHONY MARRA on July 13th, 2019

Submission Deadline: May 13th, 2019


PLAYWRIGHTING WORKSHOP WITH OCTAVIO SOLIS on November 2nd, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 3rd, 2019


FICTION WORKSHOP WITH TOM BARBASH on November 9th, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 10th, 2019


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ZYZZYVA is a critically acclaimed print journal, introducing readers to new work from the best contemporary writers and artists since 1985. Based in San Francisco, we have established a vigorous tradition of finding and fostering new talent, in our backyard and beyond. For over thirty years ZYZZYVA has nurtured emerging writers, many of whom go on to spectacular careers (Haruki Murakami, Po Bronson, F.X. Toole, Kay Ryan, Sherman Alexie) and whose work in ZYZZYVA is recognized by the Pushcart Prize, the Best American series, the O. Henry Prize Stories, and other awards organizations. Recent contributors include Rivka Galchen, Ron Carlson, Ruth Madievsky, Lou Mathews, Lori Ostlund, Kaveh Akbar, Fatima Bhutto, Peter Orner, Ann Cummins, Octavio Solis, Glen David Gold, Amy Tan, and Matthew Dickman.


Ends on March 4, 2019

Fiction Workshop with Lori Ostlund: May 4th, 2019

Submission deadline: March 4th, 2019 

About this workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Lori Ostlund will focus on personalized critique and craft discussion from the instructor, as well as traditional workshop-style group discussion. The Workshop will conclude with wine and a round table discussion with the Editors of ZYZZYVA about the publishing industry, what to expect when working with editors, how to make the right impression with your submission, and more.  

Lori Ostlund’s first collection of stories, The Bigness of the World, received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. It was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, was a Lambda finalist, and was named a Notable Book by The Short Story Prize. Her first novel, After the Parade, received a starred review from Kirkus and was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, Ostlund lives in San Francisco.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit a fiction manuscript (short story, flash, or novel excerpt) of no more than 2,500 words (roughly 10 pages double-spaced). Make sure it is a manuscript you wish to discuss in the Workshop itself.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by March 18th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

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