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The Writers Studio San Francisco

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UPDATE: Fall 2021

Students will continue to attend San Francisco writing workshops at their scheduled times via video chat (with or without cameras enabled) or by calling in to the live chat with their phones. While classes continue to meet remotely, students from outside of the Bay Area are welcomed to register for classes with The Writers Studio San Francisco branch.

Students taking San Francisco workshops will submit their exercises electronically. During the video chat, students and teachers will respond to student work and discuss the next week’s exercise. Teachers will send students a link to the video chat 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: [email protected]. 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