Sozopol Fiction Seminars - Edition 2008

On May 21-24, 2008, one year after its establishment, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation hosted its first annual summer fiction-writing seminar in Sozopol.

The seminar gathered five fiction writers from Bulgaria and five English-speaking fiction writers, including one from Japan, all selected after fierce competition among 80 applicants from 10 countries. For three intense days, the participating writers explored their craft through mutual exchange under the guidance of American writer Elizabeth Kostova and her Bulgarian colleague Emil Andreev.

Theodora Dimova (Bulgaria) and Kate Mosse (UK) delivered special guest lectures about the process of writing and read from their latest works. In informal roundtables the participants and the visiting speakers examined topics such as the art of translation and the publishing process, including how to work with agents and editors.

The seminar closed with students reading each other's work.

The 2008 Sozopol Seminar was realized with the generous support of:

  • The Open Society Institute Sofia

and in collaboration with:

  • The Municipality of Sozopol
  • Chitalishte "Otetz Paisiy" - Sozopol