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Join Rita Chang-Eppig, Susan Ito, and Grace Loh Prasad for Grotto Nights at the Library!
Grotto Nights is a monthly virtual series with the San Francisco Public Library featuring The Writers Grotto members who will showcase and discuss their writing around a theme of their choice. This month features Rita Chang-Eppig, Susan Ito and Grace Loh Prasad, all writing about regional and family histories in fiction and nonfiction. The authors will discuss their work and invite the audience to participate in an activity related to the theme.
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Salesforce Park Poetry Series Announced!
Join us on Thursdays throughout February at Salesforce Park for an evening of poetry! This event is free and open to the public. Our first event is on Feb. 2nd at 5pm and features Aditi Malhotra, Heather Bourbea, and Christopher Cook, curated by JD Beltran.
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Reading and Meeting Announced for Feb. 17th
We have an exciting Reading and Meeting lined up for Feb 17, with Louise Nayer, Doug Henderson, Jenny Qi and Rooted and Written fellow Christl Rikka Perkins. Please mark your calendars! Please RSVP using the link below, and spread the word! We will be putting flyers in bookstores, libraries and coffee shops. Stay for happy hour and meet up with fellow Grotts and other creatives. We hope to see you there!
Upcoming Classes & Events
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9:00-11:00am PT
How To Write A Children's Book With Lisa Lerner
7:00-8:30pm PT
Write Away with Laurie Ann Doyle
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with A Big Kick, with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with A Big Kick, with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with A Big Kick, with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with A Big Kick, with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with A Big Kick, with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Flash Fiction: Little Stories with A Big Kick, with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Autofiction: Combining Memoir and Fiction with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:00pm PT
Talk to Me: Writing the Personal Essay with Audrey Ferber
6:00-7:30pm PT
Cyborgs, Witches, and the Apocalypse: Writing a Genre Hybrid with Doug Henderson
6:00-7:30pm PT
Cyborgs, Witches, and the Apocalypse: Writing a Genre Hybrid with Doug Henderson
6:00-7:30pm PT
Cyborgs, Witches, and the Apocalypse: Writing a Genre Hybrid with Doug Henderson
6:00-7:30pm PT
Cyborgs, Witches, and the Apocalypse: Writing a Genre Hybrid with Doug Henderson
6:00-7:30pm PT
Cyborgs, Witches, and the Apocalypse: Writing a Genre Hybrid with Doug Henderson
6:00-7:30pm PT
Cyborgs, Witches, and the Apocalypse: Writing a Genre Hybrid with Doug Henderson
6:00-7:30pm PT
Grotto Nights with San Francisco Public Library - Virtual Event
6:00-7:30pm PT
Grotto Nights with San Francisco Public Library - Virtual Event Feb. 7th
6:00-7:00pm PT
Book Club: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Mark Wallace
6:00-7:00pm PT
Book Club: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Mark Wallace
6:00-7:00pm PT
Book Club: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Mark Wallace
6:00-7:00pm PT
Book Club: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Mark Wallace
6:00-7:00pm PT
Book Club: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Mark Wallace
6:00-7:00pm PT
Write-In with Audrey Ferber
6:00-7:00pm PT
Write-In with Sabina Khan-ibarra
6:00-7:00pm PT
Write-In with Audrey Ferber
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Jan 18th, 2023 with Maw Shein Win
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Jan. 25th, 2023 with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Feb. 1st, 2023 with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Feb. 8th, 2023 with Rita Chang-Eppig
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Feb. 15th, 2023 with Maw Shein Win
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Feb. 27th, 2023 with Jenny Qi
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: March 13th, 2023 with Jenny Qi
6:00-7:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: March 27th, 2023 with Jenny Qi
5:00pm PT
Salesforce Park Poetry Series, Feb. 2nd
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Adoption, Kinship & Family: A Writing Workshop with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Adoption, Kinship & Family: A Writing Workshop with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Adoption, Kinship & Family: A Writing Workshop with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Adoption, Kinship & Family: A Writing Workshop with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Adoption, Kinship & Family: A Writing Workshop with Susan Ito
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading and Meeting, November 18th 2022
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading and Meeting Feb. 17th, 2023
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Nov. 15th
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Nov. 22nd
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Nov 29th
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Dec. 13th
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Dec. 20th
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Dec. 27th
4:00-5:00pm PT
Creative Writing for Kids with Lisa Lerner
3:00-5:00pm PT
Work-In-Progress Workshop with Lindsey Crittenden
3:00-4:30pm PT
Imagery Intensive with Lindsey Crittenden
3:00-4:30pm PT
Imagery Intensive with Lindsey Crittenden
2:00-4:30pm PT
Jumpstart Your Writing for 2023 with Elizabeth Forsyth
2:00-4:00pm PT
DIY Author Events with Elizabeth Forsyth
2:00 - 5:00pm PT
Artist Reception with Leah Korican - Normalize the Incredible
1:30-4:30pm PT
What We Talk About When We Talk About Stealing, with Lindsey Crittenden
1:00-4:00pm PT
Playing with Words & Images with Susan Ito and Leah Korican
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Sarita Sarvate
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Sarita Sarvate
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Sarita Sarvate
12:00-1:00pm PT
How to Write Nonfiction Picture Books with Lisa Lerner - Section I
12:00-1:00pm PT
How to Write Nonfiction Picture Books with Lisa Lerner - Section II
12 noon - 1pm PT
Winter Write-In: Jan. 3rd, 2023 with Lisa Lerner
12 noon - 1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Jan. 10th, 2023 with Lisa Lerner
12 noon - 1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: Feb. 21st, 2023 with Lisa Lerner
12 noon - 1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: March 8th, 2023 with Doug Henderson
12 noon - 1:00pm PT
Winter Write-In: March 22nd, 2023 with Doug Henderson
11:00am-12:00pm PT
Write-In with Doug Henderson
10:30am-4:30pm PT
What We Talk About When We Talk About Stealing, with Lindsey Crittenden
10:00am-4:00pm PT
Writing Day: Inspire, Create, Share with Jenny Bitner
10:00am-4:00pm PT
Flow State: A Day to Be Immersed in Writing with Jenny Bitner
10:00am-4:00pm PT
The Meet-Cute Meet Up: Crafting a Perfect Moment for Your Romance Novel with Doug Henderson
10:00am-4:00pm PT
Meet Cute Meet Up: Crafting a Perfect Moment for Your Romance with Doug Henderson
Member Spotlight
Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of A River of Stars, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the forthcoming Forbidden City. A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, she has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, a Steinbeck Fellowship and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She has taught, most recently, at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Sewanee Writers Conference.
Featured Work
In the Time of Our History
"I fell in love with this jewel of a novel from the first page. It’s a universal tale that naturally leads to self-reflection and conversations about the changing relationship between mothers and daughters, and the choices we make, good and bad, early in life and late, which determine our identity." —Amy Tan, author of THE JOY LUCK CLUB. In a powerful novel that is at once a multi-generational Iranian-American saga and an intimate, moving story of mothers and daughters, Susanne Pari explores the entangled lives of the Jahani family, exiled and forging new lives in an America on the cusp of upheaval.
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