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 18th, 2018
Submission deadline: March 23rd
POETRY Workshop with Dean Rader on August 18th, 2018
Submission deadline: June 18th
CREATIVE NON-FICTION Workshop with Caille Millner on September 22nd, 2018
Submission deadline: July 23rd
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.
Creative Non-Fiction Workshop with Caille Millner: November 3rd, 2018
Submission deadline: September 3rd
About this workshop:
This six-hour Creative-NonFiction course taught by Caille MIllner 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.
Caille Millner is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification (Penguin Press). Her short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA and Joyland, and Best American Short Stories 2016. Her essays have been in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications. Her awards include the Barnes and Noble Emerging Writers Award and the undergraduate Rona Jaffe award for fiction. She is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Submission Guidelines: Please submit a nonfiction manuscript (essay, memoir, or other nonfiction 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 17th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)