ZYZZYVA is pleased to announce our 2019 Writers’ Workshops, launching this Summer & Winter with intensive 1-Day master classes in Fiction, Personal Narrative, 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 ANTHONY MARRA on July 13th, 2019

Submission Deadline: May 13th, 2019


PERSONAL NARRATIVE with JOSHUA MOHR on October 19th, 2019

Submission Deadline: August 19th, 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 September 10, 2019$20.00
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Fiction Workshop with Tom Barbash: November 9th, 2019

Submission deadline: September 10th 

About this workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Tom Barbash 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.  

Tom Barbash is the author of three books. His first novel, The Last Good Chance, was awarded the California Book Award, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize. His story collection, Stay Up With Me, was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His newest book, the novel The Dakota Winters, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in December. Barbash has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Michener Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 September 24th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

Playwrighting Workshop with Octavio Solis: November 2nd, 2019

Submission Deadline: September 3rd, 2019

About this Workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Octavio Solis 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.  

Octavio Solis is the author of more than twenty plays, which have been produced at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and California Shakespeare Theatre, among other places. Among his many awards and grants are an NEA Playwriting Fellowship, the Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens award, the TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the National Latino Playwriting Award, and the PEN Center USA Award for Drama.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit ten sample pages of your play, preferably starting from Scene One. For non-playwrights, 5-10 page sample of any writing will do.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by September 17th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

Personal Narrative with Joshua Mohr: October 5th 

Submission Deadline: August 19th, 2019 

About this Workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Joshua Mohr 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.  

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir Sirens (2017), as well as five novels including Damascus, which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit a personal narrative manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) 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 September 3rd. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

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