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Support The Writers Grotto this Giving Tuesday!
The Writers Grotto is a community of working writers and narrative artists who connect in physical and virtual space, pooling our talents to support each other, mentor and teach others, and engage the wider world. The Grotto fosters a literary culture that is generous in spirit and deeply inclusive, elevating writers of all backgrounds. Please consider supporting The Writers Grotto in its mission this Giving Tuesday.
Join us on Friday 11/17 for our last Reading and Meeting of 2023! We will have Rebecca Black, who will read excerpts from her memoir, Heather June Gibbons, Kate Bussato and last year's Rooted and Written fellow Roopa Ramamoorthi. Emceed by Saila Kariat. Followed by happy hour with our amazing spread (with a few surprises).
Our 2023 Rooted & Written Conference is underway! Rooted & Written is the first fully funded, tuition-free premiere professional writing conference offered for Writers of Color in the country, if not the world. Please visit the Rooted & Written website linked below to learn more and view our keynote speeches and student readings.
Join us for our next Reading + Meeting on Friday, Sept. 22nds, from 5-7pm at The Writers Grotto. It will be emceed by Susan Ito and features Beth Winegarner, Lee Ann Prescott, Tara Dorabji and T.K. Rex. Followed by our customary happy hour. Please mark your calendars!
Join us at our next Reading + Meeting on August 18th!
Do you yearn to hear great work, have a nice glass of wine and some hors d'oeuvres on a Friday evening? Join us for Reading and Meeting! Our fabulous readers are Sarita Sarvate, Pia Chatterjee, Elizabeth Svoboda and Doug Henderson. Emceed by our beautiful poet Heather Bourbeau. Event to take place on the Mezzanine level.
Announcing the 2023 Rin Kelly Scholarship for Fiction
The family of Rin Kelly is offering three $350 scholarships to emerging fiction writers with a focus on speculative, imaginative and critical/satirical works. Scholarships are awarded through The Writers Grotto, and are eligible for use toward enrollment in The Writers Grotto fiction classes during the period of November 1, 2023, through May 31, 2024. Please check out the link to learn more about eligibility and the application process. Applications are due September 1, 2023. Works produced during scholarship-funded classes at The Writers Grotto are also eligible for expedited editorial review, feedback, and consideration for publication by the editors of The Fabulist Magazine.
Grotto Nights at San Francisco Public Library: Why We Love Mysteries
On August 8, San Francisco Public Library will once again host Grotto Nights, when Writers Grotto members will showcase and discuss their writing (via zoom) around a theme of their choice. This month features Terry Tierney, Pia Chatterjee, and Sophia Raday on Why We Love Mysteries: The Genre and Motif of Discovery.
Join us for our next Reading + Meeting on June 23rd!
Reading and Meeting with fabulous authors Shanthi Sekaran, Jenny Bitner, Rachel Chalmers and Terry Tierney. Emceed by Sabina Khan-Ibarra. Please come out, hear their latest work, gain insight through an informal discussion and enjoy happy hour afterwards!
Announcing the launch of Writing Services at The Writers Grotto!
The Writers Grotto is pleased to announce the launch of our Writing Services. With a mix of bespoke and flat fee services, clients can find the perfect fit for their writing needs. Visit our classes and event page to see the full list of writing services currently offered. More writing services will be added throughout the year, so check back often, or contact us at classes(at)writersgrotto.org to request a writing service to fit your needs.
Autofiction: Combining Memoir and Fiction with Jenny Bitner is named one of Reedsy's best of 2023!
The Writers Grotto is pleased to announce that Jenny Bitner's class "Autofiction: Combining Memoir and Fiction" has been named one of Reedsy's best of 2023! Congratulations to Jenny Bitner - we're thrilled to have you teach with The Writers Grotto!
Join us for our next Reading + Meeting on May 19th!
We have an exciting Reading and Meeting lined up for May 19th with Rita Chang-Eppig, Maxine Rose Schur, Karla Brundage, and Audrey Ferber, emcee'd by Terry Tierney. Stay for happy hour and meet up with fellow Grotto members and other creatives. We hope to see you there!
Our mezzanine space is available for sublease. This space is perfect for organizations that are looking for convenient conference or event space. Click the link below to learn more, or contact us at classes(at)writersgrotto(dot)org.
Announcing our next Reading + Meeting - plus a welcome to new members!
We have an exciting Reading and Meeting lined up for April 21st with Rowen Leong Singer, Laird Harrison, Saila Kariat, and Heather Bourbeau, emcee'd by Laurie Ann Doyle. Stay for happy hour and meet up with fellow Grotto members and other creatives. Register today to secure your spot!
Join Us March 12th For A Panel Discussion On The Secrets of Publishing!
This event will focus on the burning question lodged in the back of every writer’s mind: how do I get published? This robust panel — comprised of a literary agent, an acquisitions editor and two authors — will help you crack the code. We’ll discuss the latest developments in the publishing industry and share success stories and tips for making your submission stand out. The panel will be followed by a Q & A and a mixer.
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.
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!
Artist Reception by Leah Korican - Jan. 29th, 2023
On January 29th there will be an artist's reception from 2-5pm with an artist's talk and reading at 3:30. Leah is also a writer and memoirist. We have a new artist-in-residence at the Grotto, Leah Korican, and her work is now displayed throughout the 6th floor as well as the Mezzanine. Please come to the Grotto to check it out, and especially to our artists’ reception on Sunday, January 29th! The title of her exhibit at the Grotto is “Normalize the Incredible.” In addition to the art opening, Leah will be collaborating with Write-Ins and other forms of ekphrastic (art inspired) writing, and hands-on art carving workshop.
Grotto Nights with San Francisco Public Library Jan. 3rd, 2023
Grotto Nights is a new monthly series at the Library featuring The Writers Grotto members who will showcase and discuss their writing around a theme of their choice. This month features Lee Kravetz author of The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. and Jenny Bitner author of Here Is A Game We Could Play in conversation about mental health in fiction. The authors will discuss their work and invite the audience to participate in an activity related to the theme.
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.