The New Creative Writing

Why do we write?  To make money? Because we have a burning compulsion to do it? Writing is a practice that should bring us joy.   This new creative writing course will use the answers to these questions to create a platform to launch ourselves into a world where the process of writing becomes more meaningful, where indeed the meaning of “being a writer” becomes more meaningful.

Using lively discourse, generative writing, and close readings, we will explore what’s new with writing memoir, flash fiction, poetry and more. Through flash fiction, flash memoir, slipstream, Instapoetry, and other new forms of writing,we will come into a deeper place of understanding the unique artistry within ourselves, what our writing is capable of achieving, and the effect it can have on other people across the world.  We will explore beyond the old standard genres that have previously  defined what it means to be a writer.

Over six weeks, we will develop a diverse portfolio of literary work designed to take readers, listeners and the writers themselves into the emotional honesty that allows for the very best storytelling. We will share our work in our in-person community and showcase our final products in public performance and publication.  Writers of all levels are welcome


October 22, 2022 - December 03, 2022


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm




Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Center
50 Scott Street, San Francisco
Paul Corman-Roberts


Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts has coached many successful poets to publication, from chapbooks to singular poems to full-length collections. He is the author of four chapbooks and two full-length collections of prose poetry, including Bone Moon Palace from Nomadic Press in 2020. He is a four-time nominee for Pushcart, Best of the Web, and Northern California Book Award. He is an MA/MFA Graduate of the New College of California Poetics program where he studied with David Meltzer, Genny Lim, and Neeli Cherkovski. In addition to teaching at SF Creative Writing Institute, he also teaches workshops for the Older Writer’s Lab at the San Francisco Public Library and works in the Oakland Unified School District. He was a founder of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, California.