We are pleased to announce our new fiscal sponsor: Fractured Atlas.

Fractured Atlas enables us raise money for the Institute. As the country’s largest arts fiscal sponsor, they provide accessibility, efficiency and affordability. Fractured Atlas works with thousands of artists and arts organizations to provide education and support for raising funds.


Donate securely online to SF Creative Writing Institute here.


We also accept donations via cash and check. If you prefer to donate via cash or check, you can make the check out to Fractured Atlas with SF Creative Writing Institute in the memo line and mail to:

SF Creative Writing Institute. 25 Taylor Street. San Francisco, CA 94102.

We have 3 sponsorship levels:

Poet Level: $5

Writer Level: $45

Author Level: $60

Or–Make up your own amount.

Both Writer & Author levels receive beautiful tote bag to show your support for keeping creative writing alive in San Francisco.

Your gift supports fostering Creative Writing community and teaching in the SF Bay Area.

Thank you! <3

SF Creative Writing Institute




The Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program

Finding Your Voice in Poetry & Prose


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: All Levels

Pre-requisite: none

April 4-May 23, 2019
*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.

May 4-June 15, 2019
*San Francisco*

The Art of the Poetry Chapbook


Chapbooks are an art and a craft. The format is increasingly popular in the indie lit world and a calling card for many respected poets. In this course we will learn the art of arranging well-written and cohesive short manuscripts for publication in chapbook form.


June 1-July 13, 2019 *
*San Francisco*

Writing & Publishing Children’s Books


Instructor: Ying Chang Compestine

Explore the exciting and creative world of children’s books in this insightful seminar. We will cover different genres of children’s books: picture books, chapter books, middle grade to YA; how to generate story ideas; secrets of a productive writer; finding a good agent, and the rewarding aspects of writing for children. We will explore the financial opportunities that writing books for children can bring to you.

May 11, 2019
*San Francisco*

Following Your Dreams – Building a successful creative career with a business focus


If you are considering entering the creative world, this lecture will teach you the important aspects of managing a creative business career. You will also learn the techniques that creative professionals use to treat their work as a business and improve their income: setting clear objectives, effective marketing, considering new opportunities, strategic negotiation, and finding ways to create lucrative income by leveraging their efforts.

May 11, 2019
2:30 -4:30 pm
*San Francisco*

Advanced Prose Workshop


Instructor: Alexandra Kostoulas

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

Advanced Prose Workshop

Jan. 26-Mar. 9, 2019
*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.

Feb. 7-March 14, 2019 *
* San Francisco*


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!