What we're about

1. We are a consortium of local writers who teach classes, workshops and lead readings around the community. Anyone who wants to improve their creative writing can join. We work on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, etc at our events. We read poetry and tell stories aloud at our readings.

Upcoming events (5+)

Experimental Fiction

WeWork

$395.00

Instructor: Kim Shuck This six-week workshop weaves together traditional and nontraditional storytelling forms including memoir, poetry and cultural heritage, mythology, legends, fairy tales, archetypes into modern contexts. If you have always wanted to try writing fiction, but you have historically written poetry or memoir, this is the course for you! We will focus on short, flash fiction pieces bringing in hybrid elements. By the end of the course, you will develop a short body of work in experimental fiction on a theme related to your life. About the Instructor: Kim Shuck is the 7thpoet Laureate of San Francisco. Kim Shuck was born in San Francisco, California, and is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She received a BA in Art and an MFA in Textiles from San Francisco State University. Shuck is the author of Deer Trails, forthcoming from City Lights Books in October 2019), Clouds Running In (Taurean Horn Press, 2014), Rabbit Stories (Poetic Matrix Press, 2013), and Smuggling Cherokee (Greenfield Review Press, 2005), as well as of the chapbook collection Sidewalk Ndn (FootHills Press, 2018). In 2019, Shuck was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. She currently runs a reading series called the Fire Thieves showcasing intersectional and intergenerational authors from the Bay Area.

Fabulist Fiction

WeWork

$395.00

INSTRUCTOR: NICK MAMATAS Exciting plots and larger-than-life characters are the cornerstones of popular fiction and the emphasis of this course. Whether you’re writing romance, mystery, science fiction, or suspense, the principles of writing popular fiction — interesting prose, characters with whom we can empathize, and a story that moves — are key. In this course, we’ll workshop your short stories and novel chapters, explore the history of the genres, perform writing and idea-generating exercises, and discuss the magazines and publishers looking for your sort of fiction. The goal is to give you a solid grounding in the demands of popular fiction from an editorial point of view, and a better understanding of your favorite genres. Nick Mamatas is the author of seven novels, over one hundred short stories, and dozens of essays and articles. His books include the novels Love is the Law and The Last Weekend, the short fiction collection The Nickronomicon, and the how-to guide for writing short fiction and non-fiction, Starve Better. Nick’s short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Asimov’s Science Fiction, New Haven Review, and many other anthologies and journals. He has written about writing for The Writer, Fine Books & Collections, and Wonderbook. His anthologies include the award-winning Haunted Legends (co-edited with Ellen Datlow) and The Future Is Japanese (co-edited with Masumi Washington.) Testimonials: “Nick is an electrifying lecturer. Each of his classes was an experience that left me feeling energized and excited about the prospect of returning to work. It’s hard to overstate the extent to which his lectures feel like superbly timed and carefully crafted performances. He’s obviously put far more work into developing his course than is typical for a creative writing instructor. During workshop, he gives excellent, honest, and very practical feedback. He holds you to a high standard, but he’s also encouraging, and he’s very cognizant of his responsibility to prepare writers for the realities of the publishing world. When I took his class, I was working on the stories I planned to include in my MFA applications. After eight weeks, I had a suite of stories that were where I needed them to be, and he’d also given me some practical advice on how to market my just-finished novel to potential agents. All in all, his class has everything you could possibly want: it’s both commercial and literary, practical and revelatory. Certainly equal, in terms of instruction, to the Clarion Workshop or an MFA seminar—I’d say it’s the best creative writing class I’ve ever taken.” -Rahul Kanakia, author of ENTER TITLE HERE, a contemporary young adult novel coming out from Disney-Hyperion in August 2016. * “Nick’s lectures are funny and his critiques are honest. He brings a unique perspective to the classroom as both a professional writer and editor. His classes are dense with thought-provoking material and he has a lot to offer writers at all levels of experience. I’m so glad I signed up.” –Dominca Phetteplace, author of stories in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Zyzzyva, and VICE Terraform.

Fall Poetry Workshop (Oakland)

WeWork

$375.00

Instructor: Hollie Hardy In this 6-week workshop you will find inspiration, play, experiment with new forms and generative exercises, explore the craft of poetry, create and edit new work, and share and receive feedback, support, and encouragement. This class is open to all levels of writers and all styles of poetry. Whether you’re already a published poet or a you’ve never written a poem, this is an opportunity to establish, re-establish, or deepen your writing practice, find your way onto the page, learn new techniques and forms, and connect to a thriving local writing community. Hollie Hardy can teach you how to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems has titles ruthlessly appropriated from The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook,and is available now from Punk Hostage Press (2014). She is an English instructor at Berkeley City College and seasonal lecturer at San Francisco State University, where she also received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. An active participant in the local Bay Area literary scene, Hardy co-hosts the popular monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic. She is a core producer and venue coordinator for the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, curator of Litquake’s Flight of Poets, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review.

Fall Poetry Workshop (SF)

WeWork

$375.00

Instructor: Hollie Hardy In this 6-week workshop you will find inspiration, play, experiment with new forms and generative exercises, explore the craft of poetry, create and edit new work, and share and receive feedback, support, and encouragement. This class is open to all levels of writers and all styles of poetry. Whether you’re already a published poet or a you’ve never written a poem, this is an opportunity to establish, re-establish, or deepen your writing practice, find your way onto the page, learn new techniques and forms, and connect to a thriving local writing community. Hollie Hardy can teach you how to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems has titles ruthlessly appropriated from The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, and is available now from Punk Hostage Press (2014). She is an English instructor at Berkeley City College and seasonal lecturer at San Francisco State University, where she also received her Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry. An active participant in the local Bay Area literary scene, Hardy co-hosts the popular monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic. She is a core producer and venue coordinator for the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, curator of Litquake’s Flight of Poets, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review.

Past events (25)

The Art of the Poetry Chapbook

WeWork

$375.00

Photos (14)