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Creative writing bay area

Creative writing bay area

Make this the year you finally write! Dust off that manuscript that has been sitting in a drawer, get a fresh new notebook, turn on some music, find yourself a little inspiration and begin.

Joining the San Francisco Creative Writing Institute means more than just taking a class — it’s your invitation to our vibrant community of students and alumni who continue an open exchange of ideas. Join us and join our community.

Our Upcoming Workshops

April Manuscript Intensive Program
May Manuscript Intensive Program
Find Your Creative Spark Bootcamp
Method Writing: The Jack Grapes Method Writing Program

Who We Are.

We’re an independent creative writing institute based out of San Francisco. Founded in 2015, we offer writing workshops in several genres to writers of all experience levels from all walks of life. We encourage people to share their work and connect with peers and mentors. Our instructors are published working writers, professors, editors and master teachers.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

As beginners and seasoned pros, we both face the blank page. It’s how we approach it that separates us. Some have said that writing is based on talent and that it can’t be taught. We disagree. Yes, anyone can write, but talent still needs cultivation. What makes us different is that we guarantee three things on your writing journey: personalized edits and feedback, a forum to perform in front of a live audience and an opportunity to publish your work with us.

Creative writing bay area

“The Writing Salon has offered creative writing classes in the Bay Area since 1999…”

“Everyone looked as if they were having the best time, all flickering in candlelight…”

“Whether you’re an aspiring novelist who needs the structure of fixed deadlines or just a dabbler looking to broaden your creative horizons, The Writing Salon has something for you…”

“The Writing Salon has offered creative writing classes in the Bay Area since 1999…”

“Everyone looked as if they were having the best time, all flickering in candlelight…”

“Whether you’re an aspiring novelist who needs the structure of fixed deadlines or just a dabbler looking to broaden your creative horizons, The Writing Salon has something for you…”

Announcing the 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize Winner

The 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner is John Sibley Williams for his poem “Armistice.” The finalists are Heather Campbell, Sharon Coleman, and Grace Li.

Announcing the 2020 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, the founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon. Open to all poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. This year’s final judge is David Hernandez. The submission deadline is December 1, 2020.

Announcing the Black Writers Matter Scholarship

This fall we will offer three Black writers of promise a credit of $300 toward a Winter 2021 class of their choice. We welcome applications from Black writers over the age of 18 who reside in the Bay Area. The deadline to submit is November 15.

Announcing the Covid-19 Scholarship Recipients

The Scholarship recipients are Rachel Hurwitz, Joseph Kim, Lydia Kim, Victoria Turner, and Joe Vigil. Each recipient will receive a $150 credit toward a fall Writing Salon class of their choice.

The Writing Salon is a place of non-judgment, a place for mutual encouragement and dialogue, a place where ideas spark and I become inspired.

Laura Koehn

The classes I took at the Salon were my first exposure to workshop critique and participating in the creative process with other students. I felt as the sessions progressed, I read work (mine and others’) more critically, saw areas for growth and clarity, and identified how to better help my peers by asking questions.

Sam Jacobs

I’ve finished the first draft of a novel . . . A significant accomplishment that would not have happened without the Writing Salon.

Brian Byrne

I learned that I do not have to be published to find value in my own writing. That literature has an enormous value to modern society and to the individual producing it.

Roger Mills

For 20 years, we have helped writers bring their voices to the page.

The Writing Salon, founded in 1999, is a creative writing school for adults. We believe that creativity empowers, heals, and transforms; that a love for language and story binds people together as a community of independent voices; that the study of the craft of writing should be open to everyone; and that critique of our own and others’ writing can be, at once, constructive and compassionate.