Suggested Writing Groups near San Francisco, CA
Shut Up & Write!® Online Events
San Francisco, CA
Go to www.shutupwrite.com/organizers to host events for this Meetup!
At Shut Up & Write, we believe in the power of community—now more than ever. That’s why we’ve set up a variety of accountability structures online to keep you inspired to write from the safety of your home.
Organizers can now organize online events through MeetUp. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for organizers to create an online event here.
We’ve launched a Virtual Chapter on our website! Discuss your daily progress, try your hand at a writing prompt, and share writing advice and tips in our new forums.
What’s a word sprint? We set a timer for 30 minutes and write, then report back with word counts and cheer each other on. Every weekday at 3pm PDT, we’re running #wordsprints on our Twitter account! Join in the fun @shutupwrite.
Sign up for one of our free Monthly Writing Challenges, where we provide prompts for five days or more to inspire your writing.
Tell us your thoughts!
We welcome your suggestions and feedback – we want to support you in your writing practice. Reach out at email@example.com to let us know how we can help or if you’d like to get more involved with our efforts.
Poetry Connected (Zoom)
Welcome! This is an outlet to share our words, creativity, emotions! Come join us - read, listen, and delve into the meaning of poetry! Expect a judgement-free, supportive space to share your work, or respectively enjoy that of others. Positive critique is welcomed in the monthly workshop.
Founded in April 2016 by Jeff Reed, Poetry Connected (formerly known as Walnut Creek Poetry Meetup) has continued to support local Bay Area poets with a supportive, judgement-free space. Leadership was passed to Ana Delgadillo and co-host Keith Mark Gaboury in November 2020.
Poetry Connected hopes to create a spark and appetite for poetry, spoken word, and expression in the heart of the East Bay -- and light the world on fire with curiosity and hope.
• Monday Night Poetry - Casual gathering on Zoom to be CREATIVE and call upon your inner MUSE. We will provide a prompt to help get you started.
• On the last Monday of the month, we will have a workshop group instead of a prompt. You are welcomed to bring work from prompt nights or new work that you would like feedback on. This is a supportive group where we give each other CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Please leave all negativity outside and be respectful when giving feedback. It is the writer's choice to take the feedback given.
Due to Covid the following will be postponed until further notice.
Poetry in the Park — Words on the wind at a Contra Costa County park.
• Pop-up Poetry — Spoken words at random pop-up locations in the East Bay.
• aMUSEing — Write and share ekphrastic poetry inspired by art installations in the East Bay.
• Poetry Field trip — Let's go abroad and join other Meetups and Poetry enthusiasts throughout the Bay Area.
The Typewriter Poetry Group
San Francisco, CA
This is a motivated, supportive group that provides a safe space where you can workshop your in-progress poetry & prose. It is a great community to receive critique and feedback to assist the editing of your while preparing it to be public and/or performed.
Our creative writing events include workshops, open mics, salons, spoken word, and other one-off events in our collective quest to craft and share our words, poems, and ideas.
Rose Street Writers
The Rose Street Writers in Berkeley welcomes new and experienced writers of all interests and genres to drop into our monthly meeting held every second Sunday 3:00-4:30 (or longer depending on the number of participants) at a member's house on Rose Street. We discuss individual writing projects, set goals, and celebrate accomplishments. We are an established group writers with diverse backgrounds and a broad range of interests from Science writing to Fiction, Blogging to Poetry. We usually create time for a writing exercise during the meeting. Writers always have the opportunity to share a short sample of their work in the spirit of camaraderie, but sharing is not required. This is not a critique group! It's a writing community.
East Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers
Welcome to EBSFFW! The group is open to anyone 18 years old or older who is writing in the genre or who enjoys it enough to read other people's writing and provide serious and supportive critique. What kind of writing? Screenplays, novels, short stories, YA...you name it. We share our writing before the monthly critique meeting, so the meeting itself is straight-up discussion. And our members are successful! You can browse some of our publications here: (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mmymFcCAhoMvl-faLuUxHZVMk27EVnXVevc7GwnrGQU/edit?usp=sharing).
Interested in submitting? The first step is coming to a meeting! We want to make sure you're familiar with EBSFFW's style of critique and that you're a real, live human before we accept manuscripts to send on to our members. We don't have too many rules about what you can submit, but we do offer short fiction and novel critiques at different times. Here are the full submission guidelines:
Have you come to a meeting and are ready to submit? Email your work to firstname.lastname@example.org after reading those guidelines above. Our admin team will fit your shorter fiction or excerpts (<7,000 words) into the critique queue, and you have to submit once to our regular monthly session before we'll schedule a critique of your larger work (>7,000 words).
Lately, we've had a waitlist for critiques - you can see how far ahead we are scheduling them here:
Finally, just how do we critique work at EBSFFW? Take the time to look over our Rules of Engagement:
It's not that complicated, we promise. Any questions left? Just send one of the organizers a message. We are listed right below this box. Or come to one of our Craft Klatsches! Those are just for casual talk about all our writing careers.
Online Flash Fiction
San Francisco, CA
Want to stretch your creative muscles? Stick your toe in a pool of invention? Join us for Online Flash Fiction, a fun, low-key, no-judgement way to quickly get some creative juices flowing.
Each round consists of me, as the host, showing four interesting (or even strange) pictures taken from the web. We all then get 5 minutes to write a 100-word-or-less story about any one of the pictures. The short time limit leaves no room for second-guessing yourself or dwelling on what *might* be good --- you only have time to write! We will then hear from anyone who wants to share their short short short story.
We do three rounds in an hour. And boy, does time fly!
Check out the comments threads from past events to see examples of what people have come up with. And for a fun little game -- try to match the stories to the pictures that sparked them!
Times of events are Pacific time (I am in San Francisco) but you are welcome to join no matter where you are located.
Women's National Book Association - SF Chapter
San Francisco, CA
The Women’s National Book Association was established in 1917 and celebrated the organization’s centennial in 2017 with a series of literary events nationwide, a publication celebrating the history of women in the world of books, a list of 100 essential books by women authors, and a grant to a non-profit literacy organization—culminating in a gala celebration in October 2018 where the next WNBA Award winner will be honored.
The WNBA-SF chapter is a vibrant, broad-based group of women founded in 1968 by Effie Lee Morris, a Black educator, activist, and librarian. Our members are women in the "world of words" who engage with books: through reading, writing, publishing, selling(bookstore owners), distributing and through library science. Check out our exciting calendar of events!
Creating Children's Books
Meetups will include:
1) Writing Your Children's Book Story
2) Literary Agents Looking for New Manuscripts
3) Getting Your Book Professionally Edited
4) How to Secure the Editorial Reviews that Matter
5) Helping Your Book Stand Out Amongst the Swelling Crowd
6) How Much to Pay for Your Illustrations and, if you're an illustrator, how much to charge
7) A Simple Guide to Decide Whether Traditional Publishing, Independent Publishing or another route is best for you
8) Group Writing Sessions
9) Access to Safe & Constructive Feedback
+ SO much more!
California Writers Club Peninsula Branch
Meet authors, agents, editors and publishers. Acquire writing techniques to hone your craft. Learn how to market your work in this brave new world of publishing. Polish your public reading skills at a monthly Open Mic, sponsored by our branch. Make use of a variety of mentoring and educational workshops. The Club also offers the chance to network with one's peers, priceless for those engaged in the solitary task of writing. We facilitate the exchange of ideas between authors and provide inspiration through the camaraderie of fellow writers.
Bay Area Script Camp
Union City, CA
Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.
Oakland Script Camp
Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.
Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.
This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp
Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb
Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month
*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.
World Forge Writers: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Writers' Support
Santa Clara, CA
This group is for Silicon Valley-based creators of Fantasy and/or SciFi; novels, poems, movies, video games, RPGs, comics, and more. If you are interested in creating stories in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, you are welcome here!
We aren't your usual Writing group - we are more of a writers' support group and think tank; creating a space for writers to come together, learn something from one another, and be geeky about writer-things! Want to talk world building? How about character development? Tropes? Magical and technological systems? Self publishing? You name it, we are probably going to talk about it!
Our group meets on a bi-weekly basis (every other week) on Thursdays, from 7PM-8:45PM, with all of our meetings currenlty being held online via Zoom.
We strive to build a committed, supportive community among our members. We hope you'll try to join us for a meet at least once every two months so that we can keep the conversations going!
California Writers Club - Berkeley Branch
Join the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club!
Monthly meetings, low cost workshops, networking, critique groups, a great opportunity to hear from industry professionals, marketing support - Come meet your new friends!
World Changers, Holistic Healers & Conscious Co-creators SFO
San Francisco, CA
This group is for conscious business owners, hobbyists or others who are passionate about creating a better world and being of service to others.
Are you feeling the calling to make your life count for more?
Join us to explore:
> Personal development training focused on living an empowered, passionate life > Business training geared to the conscious small business owner who is focused on being of deep service to others - such as holistic healers, empowerment trainers, not-for-profits etc.
You are Welcome Here.
Be sure to Invite your Favorite Friends, too!
We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For ~ Together, We are The Change!
The Berkeley Writers Circle
Inviting writers in all genres, published or not, to share work and provide constructive feedback in an informal, supportive environment. Also to share experiences in publishing process and make friends with fellow writers. We meet weekly, on Wednesday evenings from 7.00pm-10.00pm. Location will be given to attendees via e-mail.
Exploring Your Creative Writing Potential
This ten-week course through the UC Berkeley Extension for beginning writers will be offered Spring Term 2021 and will help you assess your potential, identify your strengths, and learn valuable writing techniques. Class exercises and weekly writing assignments help you discover your talents in a variety of forms: short fictional scenes, short story, poetry, and journalistic writing. A supportive atmosphere enables you to see how others respond to your writing. On completion, you should have a clearer sense of your writing strengths and directions to take for more advanced courses. Taught by Clive Matson, who began his writing career among the Beat Generation in 1960s New York City, mentored by Allen Ginsberg, John Wieners and Diane Di Prima, who published his first book, Mainline to the Heart. Clive’s foundation in Modernism, and his MFA from Columbia University, have supported a 40+ year career as one of the premier creative writing teachers that is unrivaled. He is among the last writers who lived the experience of the culmination of Modernism and will bring that experience to the workshops. You will receive prompts in writing exercises during class and you will get feedback and advice with far more understanding and support than is usual in writing classes. Clive has published nine volumes of poetry and the writing textbook "Let the Crazy Child Write," used in writing programs globally. His observations on the culmination of Modernism in the writing of the Beats have been published recently in Caveat Lector and in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Beat Studies.
Rewrite Yourself Meetup Group
Welcome writers and creative people of all stripes! We are an online and in-person group interested in supporting each other in our daily creative practice. We share tips, tools, accountability, and encouragement to practice our art every day.