Our 2018 Writers’ Workshops include intensive 1-Day master classes in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction.
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 recommended nearby restaurants will be provided).
with Anthony Marra
August 11, 2018
Submissions close: June 15th, 2018
About this workshop
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.
Please submit a fiction manuscript (short story, flash fiction, 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.)
with Dean Rader
August 18, 2018
Submissions close: June 18th, 2018
About this workshop
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.
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.)
Creative Nonfiction Workshop
with Caille Millner
September 22, 2018
Submissions close: July 23rd, 2018
About this workshop
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.
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.)