ZYZZYVA Writers’ Workshops

ZYZZYVA Writers’
Workshops

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).

Spring & Summer Workshops

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Fiction Workshop
with Lori Ostlund

May 19, 2018

Submissions close: March 16th, 2018

About this workshop

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 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 March 30th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee and wine are included; lunch is not.)

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Poetry Workshop
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.

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.)

 

Fall & Winter Workshops

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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.

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.)