The Workshop

July 19-25, 2017

The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio


Previously run as the Kenyon Review Novel Workshop, the Zafris-Kothari Novel Workshop has been renamed and relocated to The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. 


A novel writing workshop devoted to an extensive revision and re-envisioning of your novel. 


Six instructors. 


12 writers.


The first 100 or 200 pages of your novel.


Five and a half days.  40 hours of intensive classwork.


Arrive Wednesday July 19 in time for dinner and introductory session.  Leave Tuesday July 25 at 2 p.m.


You work both one-on-one and in a group. 8-9 hours one-on-one with your assigned instructor. 1-2 hours one-on-one with either Nancy or Gail. 


8-12, 1:30-5 p.m., Evening Positivity sessions. We work very hard. But we laugh a lot.


You have a single dorm room with its own bathroom and shower pod.

Application Process:

April 15 due date. Apply early to get the instructor of your choice. We try to accommodate your preferences.

Further Requirements:

A 300-word synopsis and a resume in addition to your novel manuscript. 


  • are serious about your novel, whether literary or genre
  • have 100 or 200 pages to submit
  • will work one-on-one with an instructor for 8-9 hours
  • will have an extra one-on-one session with either Gail Galloway Adams or Nancy Zafris
  • will work with the group on craft lessons
  • will leave with an understanding of the art of revision, the structure of your novel, and the tools to make it great.


  • Drue Heinz book prize  
  • Flannery O’Connor book prize
  • Kenyon Review nonfiction editor
  • Georgia Author of the year
  • Fulbright Fellow
  • Founding editor and owner of Unbridled Books
  • Founding editor of Arts & Letters literary journal
  • Fiction editor of The Kenyon Review
  • New York Times notable book of the year
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Great Lakes New Writers Award
  • Book Sense Award
  • Pushcart Prize
  • Oprah Book of the Week
  • Series editor of The Flannery O’Connor award for short fiction
  • Founding editor of Blue Hen (a Penguin-Putnam imprint)
  • Managing editor The Missouri Review
  • The Norton Anthology
  • Best American Essays
  • Ohioana Library Association award for best book of fiction
  • And much more
Rachel Lippolis works on her plot.

Rachel Lippolis works on her plot.