2017 Schedule of Classes


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The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program


Find Your Voice

Instructor: Alexandra Kostoulas

We want to connect with the world. We want to share the life that is inside us. We want to write poetry and prose that speaks the truth and moves the reader. But where do we start?

There’s a voice within all of us wanting to find its place in the world.

Section #1: Advanced
Pre-requisite: Level 1 Jack Grapes’ Method Writing: The First Four Concepts.

April 27-June 15, 2017 * 6:00-9:00pm
*San Francisco*



Come write with us! How deep will your voice go after journaling five hours straight? What new character or new insight will emerge? Join us for SFCWI’s third ever Write-A-Thon!

May 20, 2017 * 10:00 am-4:00 pm
*San Francisco*

Fabulist Fiction


Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mysteries, Young Adult, Magical Realism & More

Instructor: Nick Mamatas

Exciting plots and larger-than-life characters are the cornerstones of popular fiction and the emphasis of this course. In this course, we’ll workshop your short stories and novel chapters, explore the history of the genres, perform writing and idea-generating exercises, and discuss the magazines and publishers looking for your sort of fiction.

June 3-July 8, 2017* 2:00-5:00pm
*San Francisco*

Poetry Workshop


Find Inspiration, Play, Experiment, Craft

Instructor: Hollie Hardy

In this workshop you will find inspiration, play, experiment with new forms and generative exercises, explore the craft of poetry, create and edit new work, and share and receive feedback, support, and encouragement.

July 6-Aug. 10, 2017 *6 sessions 6:00-9:00pm
* San Francisco*

Fundamentals of Editing & Advanced Prose Workshop


Learn the principles of strong narrative storytelling and implement them into your own fiction or nonfiction.

Fundamentals of Editing & Advanced Prose Workshop


11am-2pm * 7 weeks

March 25-May 15, 2017

City Stories Workshop


Words can give us a home when we need more of a home, shape us, and build our histories. Words can be a map to help us find ourselves. We’ll be writing poems, stories, letters, autobiographies or anything we want.
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February 27, 2017 * 6-8:30pm

SAFEhouse Arts * 1 Grove St.

Dramatists’ Workout: Scene Building


Instructor: Sarah Tuft

Dramatists’ Workout is designed to whip your writing habit into shape. A “boot camp” for those who wish to tell stories on stage, TV or film, Dramatists’ Workout is perfect for prose writers and poets who want to adapt their voice to drama, as well as for seasoned dramatists looking to refresh their skills and reinvigorate their work.

////Saturday & Sunday////
Feb 4-Feb 5, 2017 * 1:00-5:30pm
*San Francisco*

2017 Readings

SF Creative Writing Institute hosts THREE fabulous free reading series in the Bay Area:

Write from the Gut! Quarterly. We pop up in various locations around SF.

At the Inkwell –We host this series monthly as part of the San Francisco branch of a national series at Alley Cat Bookstore in the Mission.

Central Market Now- We are co-producing a new monthly reading series/ free workshop series with SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts.

Click on the picture to find out more. Come check them out and meet our writers, alumni, students and friends!