Partnering with the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF), the Roth Endowment helps support the Sozopol Fiction Seminar, held in the historic town of Sozopol on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. This annual seminar offers opportunities for intensive exchange between Bulgarian and English-language fiction writers, under the guidance of established authors in an atmosphere of close and collegial collaboration. Workshops and one-on-one consultations involving faculty and fellows are punctuated by talks and panels conducted by visiting speakers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Seminar had to be cancelled, however alumni came together to keep the spirit of the Seminar alive by submitting original works written from their homes during the outbreak. This effort was dubbed the Alone Together Initiative, and the works can be read on the EKF Website.
In 2019, the Sozopol Fiction Seminar took place from June 13-17 and included the following Bulgarian and American writing fellows: Joanna Elmy (BG), Eirill Falck (US), Aleksandar Hristov (BG), Maria Makedonska (BG), Karen Outen (US), Karen Parkman (US), Maria Reva (US), Albena Shkodrova (BG), Stanislava Slavova-Petkova (BG) and Melissa Wan (UK).
Faculty members Andrew Cowan (UK), Christopher Castellani (US), Kapka Kassabova (BG) and Virginia Zaharieva (BG) were joined by visiting speakers Angela Rodel (US), Cordelia Borchardt (DE), Declan Meade (IE), Kishani Widyaratna (UK), Ria Naydenova (BG) and Will Evans (US).
The Seminar was proceeded and followed by a program of events held in Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the eleventh annual edition of CapitaLiterature.
For a complete list of past Sozopol Fiction Seminar fellows, please consult the List of Fellows. Learn more about the Sozopol Fiction Seminars through the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for Creative Writing.