Sozopol Fiction Seminar

The participants of the 2017 Sozopol Fiction Seminar

Partnering with the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (EKF), the Roth Endowment helps support the annual Sozopol Fiction Seminar, held in historic Sozopol, a beautiful town on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. These seminars, organized each year by EKF, offer 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.

In 2017, EKF’s special tenth anniversary edition of the Sozopol Fiction Seminar focused on creative non-fiction writing. The Bulgarian and American writing fellows selected to participate in last year’s Sozopol Fiction Seminar were:  Akwaeke Emezi, Chris Fenton, Evan James, Jaclyn Moyer, Kate Angus, Petya Nakova, Ana Blagova, Bistra Andreeva, Galina Nikolova, and Svilen Georgiev. The group met to work under the guidance of authors Philip Graham and Marin Bodakov in Sozopol from June 8-12, 2018. Panel topics included “Nonfiction as an Act of Translation,” “Who Gets to Tell the Story: Public Narratives” and “Truth Beyond the Self: Private Narratives.” 

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