We are excited to announce ZYZZYVA's 2020 Writers’ Workshops, featuring intensive 1-Day master classes in Fiction.

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).


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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.

Fiction Workshop with Ingrid Rojas Contreras: July 18th, 2020

Submission deadline: May 22nd, 2020

About this workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Ingrid Rojas Contreras 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.  

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree (Doubleday) is an Indie Next selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and a New York Times editor's choice. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. Rojas Contreras has received numerous awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and works with immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing writers into public schools. 

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 June 5th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

Fiction Workshop with Chia-Chia Lin: May 16th, 2020

Submission deadline: March 23rd, 2020

About this workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Chia-Chia Lin 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.  

Chia-Chia Lin is the author of The Unpassing (FSG 2019).  She graduated with an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she received the Henfield Prize.  Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, and more. She currently lives in Northern California.

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 April 3rd. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

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