We invite established professional writers who live in the Bay Area to apply for membership with The Writers Grotto.

Membership Benefits:

Craft and Career Growth
Members generously share their experience and guidance to foster craft and career growth in a community setting.

Tap into the community in an active email Listserv & Slack
• Seek and offer guidance on writerly topics
• Share new writing opportunities and calls for submissions
• Celebrate wins and share challenges
• Learn about events, readings, and timely information of interest to writers
• Network with fellow professionals for career advice and opportunities

Participate in monthly virtual/hybrid groups on various topics. Current groups include:
• Poetry
• Nonfiction/Memoir/Essay
• Journalism
• Novel Writing
• Short Fiction
• Publicity/Marketing
• Book Club
• Bullet Journaling

Access co-working desks in a spacious centrally located San Francisco office, with private and shared offices available to rent exclusively for members
• Weekly group lunches
• Informal gatherings on and offsite to connect with other members

Publicity and Community Engagement
The Writers Grotto promotes members’ work and events, facilitating their participation in the wider literary community.
Opportunity to read at monthly Reading & Meeting events
• List your publications, events, and awards in the monthly GrottoLetter
• Amplify your events and publications on our social media channels
• Gather community support for book launches and events
• Participate in GrottoPod podcast in 2024
• List your latest works on our Selected Works page
• Add your writing services to our website

Teaching and Mentorship
Members teach classes at the Writers Grotto to earn money and gain teaching experience.
Teach classes & workshops
• Facilitate our weekly Write-Ins
• Offer writing coaching services
• Participate as a keynote or faculty member for the annual Rooted & Written Conference, a conference taught by and attended by people of color, to mentor and teach emerging writers

The annual membership fee is $602, but the Grotto uses a sliding scale that starts at $300 for writers in need
Black and Latinx writers with financial constraints are eligible to apply to the Flower & Song (Flor Y Canto) Fund. Please see below for further details
Private or shared office spaces are available for an additional fee
Members are generally invited to work in the physical office space twice per month (NOT including attending group meetings, events, Reading and Meeting, etc). For those wanting to work an unlimited number of days per month, we offer an Open Access program for $30 per month on an honor-system basis

Flower & Song (Flor Y Canto) Fund
The Flower & Song / Flor Y Canto Fund is a need-based fund open to Black and Latinx writers. If you would like to apply for partial financial assistance toward the Writers Grotto membership fees, please send an email to florycanto(at)writersgrotto.org to request a link to the membership and fund application.

A few things to note:

We’re looking for professional-level creators of quality narrative—memoirists, journalists, novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, comedians, storytellers and more. Our members are narrative artists from a variety of disciplines. Though we may have other sources of income (such as commercial/content projects to help pay bills), the Grotto's focus is on creative endeavors and building a supportive, inclusive writing community.
Publication history counts, but quality of work trumps quantity—we prefer to see a publication record that consists of excellent writing clips and significant contributions to your field. Those having only a small number of credits, combined with demonstrated commitment to professionalism and devotion to their craft, may also become members.
Diversity is a strong factor when considering applicants—the Grotto strives to be a community that is diverse along many dimensions—not only gender, race, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, or age, but also creative medium, experience, and many other things.
We are a community of people who actively participate—who regularly spend time at the Grotto's physical space but also take part in a thriving digital community, who get excited about being around other narrative artists, participate in and attend each other’s readings and events, and even start new initiatives—and who want to contribute to helping sustain a diverse, creative and supportive community of writers and storytellers of many different kinds.

Applicants who are not selected for membership are free to resubmit with updated credentials, but we ask that you do so no more than once a year.

Questions? Contact us at membership(at)writersgrotto.org.

Membership applications will be open during the following windows in 2024: April 1-30, August 1-31, and December 1-31.