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 

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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 June 22, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Fiction Workshop with Anthony Marra: August 11th, 2018

Submission deadline: June 22nd, 2018 

About this workshop:

This six-hour Fiction course taught by Anthony Marra 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.

Anthony Marra is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, which won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and appeared on over twenty year-end lists. His story collection The Tsar of Love and Techno followed in 2015. Marra received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, 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 June 29th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

Ends on July 23, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Creative Non-Fiction Workshop with Caille Millner: September 22nd, 2018

Submission deadline: July 23rd

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 ReviewThe 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 August 6th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today! 

Ends on June 25, 2018$20.00
$20.00

Poetry Workshop with Dean Rader: August 18th, 2018

Submission deadline: June 25th, 2018

About this workshop:

This six-hour Poetry course taught by Dean Rader 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.

Dean Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, literary studies, American Indian studies, and visual/popular culture, and he teaches regularly in all of these areas. His recent poetry collections are Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon Press), and Suture (Black Lawrence), written with Simone Muench. His collection Landscape Portrait Figure Form was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the best poetry books of 2013, and his 2010 collection of poems, Works & Days, won the T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit the 3 poems that you would like to be discussed in the Workshop itself; poetry submissions may be any length.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by July 2nd. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Apply today!