ZYZZYVA Writers’ Workshops

ZYZZYVA Writers’
Workshops

Our 2019 Writers’ Workshops include intensive one-day master classes in fiction and playwriting.

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 meeting the Editors of ZYZZYVA and a discussion with them about publishing, what to expect when working with editors, how to make the right impression with your submissions, 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). Wine will be provided for the editors’ discussion.

Spring & Summer Workshops

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Fiction Workshop
with Lori Ostlund

May 4, 2019

Submissions open: January 2, 2019
Submissions close: March 11, 2019

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 first novel, After the Parade, received a starred review from Kirkus and was one of NPR’s Best Books of 2015. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, among other publications. A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, Ostlund 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.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by March 18. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee, and wine are included; lunch is not.)

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Fiction Workshop
with Anthony Marra

July 13, 2019

Submissions open: March 11, 2019
Submissions close: May 20, 2019

About this workshop

Anthony Marra’s first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was a New York Times bestseller and 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 more than twenty “best books” year-end lists. His second book—the story collection The Tsar of Love and Techno—received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize for Fiction, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Books of 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 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.

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

 

Fall & Winter Workshops

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Personal Narrative Workshop with Joshua Mohr

October 19, 2019

Submissions open: May 20, 2019
Submissions close: August 19, 2019

About this workshop

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir Sirens (2017), as well as five novels including Damascus, which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things that Meant the World to Me, one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel All This Life won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit a Personal Narrative manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) 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.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by September 3. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee, and wine are included; lunch is not.)

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Playwriting Workshop
with Octavio Solis

November 2, 2019

Submissions open: May 20, 2019
Submissions close: September 3, 2019

About this workshop

Octavio Solis is the author of more than twenty plays, which have been produced at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory Theatre, and California Shakespeare Theatre, among other places. Among his many awards and grants are an NEA Playwriting Fellowship, the Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens award, the TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the National Latino Playwriting Award, and the PEN Center USA Award for Drama.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit ten sample pages of your play, preferably starting from Scene One. For non-playwrights, 5-10 page sample of any writing will do.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by September 17. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee, and wine are included; lunch is not.)

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Fiction Workshop
with Tom Barbash

November 9, 2019

Submissions open: May 20, 2019
Submissions close: September 10, 2019

About this workshop

Tom Barbash is the author of three books. His first novel, The Last Good Chance, was awarded the California Book Award, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize. His story collection, Stay Up With Me, was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. His newest book, the novel The Dakota Winters, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in December. Barbash has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the James Michener Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

The non-refundable application fee is $20. Accepted applicants will be informed by September 24. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee, and wine are included; lunch is not.)