ZYZZYVA Writers’ Workshops

ZYZZYVA Writers’

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.

Fall & Winter Workshops

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Fiction Workshop
with Tom Barbash

November 9, 2019

Submissions close: September 18, 2019

About this workshop

Best-selling author Tom Barbash will help attendees fine-tune their fiction, focusing on core elements such as in-depth characterization, plotting, and more.

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.)