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The Writers Studio San Francisco

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Update 3/13/2020: Due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus, students will attend Spring 2020 writing classes at their scheduled times via video chat (with or without cameras enabled) or by calling in to the live chat with your phone. Your exercises will be shared electronically, and the format of the live class will be the same as when you attend class in person, with students and teachers responding to your work and discussing the next week’s exercise.

The technology for attending class remotely is provided by Google Meet and is extremely easy to use. Your teacher will send you links and will provide support as needed. We hope you will continue to write and stay connected to our community during this time.

The San Francisco branch operates like our flagship New York City school — with the same workshop model designed to help students discover and nurture their own voices by “trying on” many approaches to fiction and poetry. The Writers Studio San Francisco branch, opened in 2007, welcomes students at all stages, from those who have only dreamed of writing fiction or poetry to those with MFAs hungry for additional serious, ongoing instruction. Students provide the desire to write and the willingness to learn, and we provide the structure, the technical know-how, the professional feedback and the friendly community to help them reach their full potential. San Francisco offers four levels of of workshops, as well as readings and other public events. Branch teachers receive the same rigorous training as our New York City and online faculty. Students who travel frequently or have irregular work schedules are welcome to move back and forth among any of the on-site branches and the online workshops.

Students in the San Francisco workshops have been exceptionally successful, with over 100 publications in the last few years, and several Pushcart Prize nominations and book publications. Classes meet once a week for eight weeks at The Mechanics Institute Building, #702 at 57 Post Street.

For more information, email Gail Ford, director of The Writers Studio San Francisco: gail@writerstudio.com. Receive news of workshops, readings and other literary offerings by adding your name to our San Francisco newsletter.

When I took an introductory Writers Studio class with Lorraine Babb and began writing ‘Thirst,’ I could not have predicted that the first piece of fiction I’d publish would win a Pushcart Prize. Babb’s class taught me how to craft a narrator with a distinctive voice and I am delighted at where that took me! Taymiya R. Zaman