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Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Jan. 3rd
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Dec. 27th
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. 13th
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 Nov. 22nd
4:00-5:00pm PT
Drop In College Help with Lisa Lerner Nov. 15th
5:00-7:00pm PT
Reading and Meeting, November 18th 2022
6:00-7:00pm PT
Write-In with Audrey Ferber
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
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Autofiction: Kinda True Stories with Jenny Bitner
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
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
11:00am-12:00pm PT
Write-In with Doug Henderson
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
8:00am-9:00am PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
3:00-4:30pm PT
Imagery Intensive with Lindsey Crittenden
6:00-7:00pm PT
Write-In with Sabina Khan-ibarra
6:00-7:00pm PT
Write-In with Audrey Ferber
12:00-1:00pm PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
10:30am-4:30pm PT
What We Talk About When We Talk About Stealing, with Lindsey Crittenden
8:00-9:00am PT
Write-In with Lisa Lerner
3:00-4:30pm PT
Imagery Intensive with Lindsey Crittenden
6:30-8:30pm PT
Write Short Stories Like the Masters with Jenny Bitner
5:00-7:00pm PT
Adoption, Kinship & Family: A Writing Workshop with Susan Ito
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
1:30-4:30pm PT
What We Talk About When We Talk About Stealing, with Lindsey Crittenden
10:00am-4:00pm PT
The Meet-Cute Meet Up: Crafting a Perfect Moment for Your Romance Novel with Doug Henderson
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
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
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Autofiction: Kinda True Stories with Jenny Bitner
6:00-8:30pm PT
Start from Scratch: Write a Story in 6 Weeks with Lindsey Crittenden
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Autofiction: Kinda True Stories with Jenny Bitner
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Autofiction: Kinda True Stories 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
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Autofiction: Kinda True Stories with Jenny Bitner
10:00am-12:00pm PT
Autofiction: Kinda True Stories 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
6:00-7:00pm PT
Book Club: Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse with Mark Wallace
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
10:00am-4:00pm PT
Flow State: A Day to Be Immersed in Writing with Jenny Bitner
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
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
6:30-8:30pm PT
Intermediate Short Fiction: Refining Your Work for Submission with Rita Chang-Eppig
7:00-8:30pm PT
Write Away with Laurie Ann Doyle
5:00-7:00pm PT
Writing Family Stories with Susan Ito
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
2:00-4:00pm PT
DIY Author Events with Elizabeth Forsyth
10:00am-4:00pm PT
Writing Day: Inspire, Create, Share with Jenny Bitner
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
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

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Children's Book Pitch Extravaganza! with Lisa Lerner
Do you have an idea for a children’s book? Maybe you have even written your first page? In this lightning fast (or slightly less fast) hour, I will give live feedback on your pitch or page. I have workshopped hundreds of kid-lit manuscripts as well as stories written by dozens of kids themselves. I’ve also written thousands of stories for kids for major educational publishers, so I have a pretty good sense of what ideas have legs and which ones are barely able to crawl out of bed. But I always see the gold in any idea, because if you feel passionate about it, there’s a great chance kids will, too. I will help you tweak your idea so it can leap for the stars!
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Dates:
Nov. 15th, 12 - 1 pm
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30
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Drop in College Help with Lisa Lerner, Nov 15th - Jan 3rd
TUESDAYS, OCT. 11th - JAN. 3rd | This workshop will meet students where they are in the college-essay-writing process. Some students have started writing but can't make connections to find their insights. Others may be stumped by the first sentence! There will be a maximum of 4 students per session to ensure that everyone gets personal attention. Workshop time will be fluid, based on students’ needs. Sometimes there will be a mini craft lecture; other times, volunteers will share their essay and I will give live feedback. We may write to prompts and/or discuss any troubles students are encountering as they write.
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Dates:
Nov. 15th, Nov. 22nd, Nov. 29th, Dec. 6th, Dec. 13th, Dec. 20th, Dec. 27th, Jan 3rd from 4 - 5pm
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40
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Write-In with Sabina Khan-Ibarra
Take some time for your writing this fall with a series of virtual and in person write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students. Choose one or more of the sessions below, and show up for generative exercises designed to help instill confidence in your writing, shift your focus and get you out of a rut, document the emotions and experience of challenging times, and more. Writing prompts, craft tips, timed exercises, accountability—you’ll encounter any or all of these as you write in community with your fellow narrative artists and learn from our writers about what has worked for them. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community! Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule. All class times listed are in Pacific Standard Time. To learn more about the particular write-in you’re interested in, please select that session’s ‘show details’ in the details section. For virtual events, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom login information. Their contact details can be found under ‘show details’. In person class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination and masking will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
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Dates:
Nov. 15, 6 - 7 pm
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25
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Reading and Meeting, November 18th 2022
Join the Writers Grotto for a special Reading and Meeting on Friday, November 18th, from 5-7pm at 1663 Mission St. Writers Grotto members featured include Kathy Seligman, Sabina Khan-Ibarra, Christopher Cook, Louise Nayer, and Dominic Lim, with Ethel Rohan MCing the event. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.
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Nov. 18th, from 5 - 7 pm
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Write-In with Doug Henderson
Take some time for your writing this fall with a series of virtual and in person write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students. Choose one or more of the sessions below, and show up for generative exercises designed to help instill confidence in your writing, shift your focus and get you out of a rut, document the emotions and experience of challenging times, and more. Writing prompts, craft tips, timed exercises, accountability—you’ll encounter any or all of these as you write in community with your fellow narrative artists and learn from our writers about what has worked for them. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community! Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule. All class times listed are in Pacific Standard Time. To learn more about the particular write-in you’re interested in, please select that session’s ‘show details’ in the details section. For virtual events, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom login information. Their contact details can be found under ‘show details’. In person class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination and masking will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
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Dates:
Nov. 19th, 11 am - 12 pm
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25
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Write-In with Sarita Sarvate 1
Take some time for your writing this fall with a series of virtual and in person write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students. Choose one or more of the sessions below, and show up for generative exercises designed to help instill confidence in your writing, shift your focus and get you out of a rut, document the emotions and experience of challenging times, and more. Writing prompts, craft tips, timed exercises, accountability—you’ll encounter any or all of these as you write in community with your fellow narrative artists and learn from our writers about what has worked for them. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community! Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule. All class times listed are in Pacific Standard Time. To learn more about the particular write-in you’re interested in, please select that session’s ‘show details’ in the details section. For virtual events, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom login information. Their contact details can be found under ‘show details’. In person class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination and masking will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
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Dates:
Nov. 29th, 12 - 1 pm
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25
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Imagery Intensive with Lindsey Crittenden
In this two-day intensive, you’ll explore how to make imagery work for you in your own writing, whether fiction or nonfiction. Effective imagery goes far beyond flowery description to bring your reader closer to the experience on the page and to evoke thematic resonance. A well-placed image can reveal character, mood, context, tone, or setting. Whatever your subject matter, imagery brings it to life through concrete detail. Through in-class exercises and homework, you’ll practice drawing on intuition and right-brain association to harvest images; you’ll also learn how to choose and shape those images. We’ll examine effective uses of imagery in published pieces, giving you specific guidelines for what to apply to your own work. This class is suitable for writers looking to improve a work-in-progress or to start something new. Scheduled class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
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Dates:
Saturdays, December 3, 10; 3:00 – 4:30pm Pacific Time
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125
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Write-In with Sarita Sarvate 2
Take some time for your writing this fall with a series of virtual and in person write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students. Choose one or more of the sessions below, and show up for generative exercises designed to help instill confidence in your writing, shift your focus and get you out of a rut, document the emotions and experience of challenging times, and more. Writing prompts, craft tips, timed exercises, accountability—you’ll encounter any or all of these as you write in community with your fellow narrative artists and learn from our writers about what has worked for them. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community! Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule. All class times listed are in Pacific Standard Time. To learn more about the particular write-in you’re interested in, please select that session’s ‘show details’ in the details section. For virtual events, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom login information. Their contact details can be found under ‘show details’. In person class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination and masking will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
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Dates:
Dec. 6th, 12 - 1 pm
Fee:
$
25
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Write-In with Sarita Sarvate 3
Take some time for your writing this fall with a series of virtual and in person write-ins hosted by the Grotto. Led by one the Grotto’s many talented and accomplished writers, each of the sessions below provides 60 minutes of space and guidance in which to get your creative energy flowing, generate new material, bring old material up to snuff, and just make contact with the community of writers that is the Grotto, our teachers, and our students. Choose one or more of the sessions below, and show up for generative exercises designed to help instill confidence in your writing, shift your focus and get you out of a rut, document the emotions and experience of challenging times, and more. Writing prompts, craft tips, timed exercises, accountability—you’ll encounter any or all of these as you write in community with your fellow narrative artists and learn from our writers about what has worked for them. Finish a story you’ve started or free-write your way to something new. Find inspiration and energy writing in virtual community! Write-ins are held on a variety of days and times to give our students the opportunity to choose a write-in that works best for their schedule. All class times listed are in Pacific Standard Time. To learn more about the particular write-in you’re interested in, please select that session’s ‘show details’ in the details section. For virtual events, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom login information. Their contact details can be found under ‘show details’. In person class sessions will take place at 1663 Mission St., Ste. 602, San Francisco, CA, 94103 (classes to take place either in the Mezzanine level or in Suite 602; building access and parking details will be sent to registered students prior to class start date). Proof of vaccination and masking will be required, and all San Francisco health mandates will be followed. Please note that this class may be moved to a virtual format closer to the start date depending on the public health situation.
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Dates:
Dec. 13th, 12 - 1 pm
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