ZYZZYVA is pleased to announce our 2018 Writers’ Workshops, launching this Spring & Summer with intensive 1-Day master classes in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-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).

FICTION Workshop with Lori Ostlund on May 19th, 2018

Submission deadline: March 16th 

POETRY Workshop with Dean Rader on August 4th, 2018

Submission deadline: June 4th [Submissions open: March 2nd]

CREATIVE NON-FICTION Workshop with Caille Millner on September 22nd, 2018

Submission deadline: July 23rd [Submissions open: May 21st]

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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 16, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Fiction Workshop with Lori Ostlund: May 19, 2018

Submission deadline: March 16th, 2018

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 is the 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 stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. In 2009, Lori received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She is the author of the novel After the Parade and 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). 

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by March 30th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today!