ZYZZYVA Writers’ Workshops

ZYZZYVA Writers’
Workshops

Our 2020 Writers’ Workshops include intensive One-Day master classes in 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 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

Spring & Summer Workshops applications closed. Now accepting applications for Fall & Winter!

Chia-Chia Lin

Fiction Workshop
with Chia-Chia Lin

May 16, 2020

Submissions open now
Submissions close: March 23, 2020

About this workshop

The acclaimed author of The Unpassing will help authors get to the heart of the story they’re trying to tell, addressing the key elements of craft—including dialogue and characterization—along the way.

Chia-Chia Lin graduated with an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where she received the Henfield Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, ZYZZYVA, and more. She currently lives in Northern 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 April 3rd. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee, and wine are included; lunch is not.)

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fiction Workshop
with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

July 18, 2020

Submissions open now
Submissions close: May 22, 2020

About this workshop

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of the much-buzzed-about novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree, will guide attendees in how to create a vivid sense of place, relate sensory detail, and much more.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica, among others. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate. She teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and works with immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing writers into public schools.

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 June 5th. If accepted, the fee to attend is $280. (Snacks, coffee, and wine are included; lunch is not.)