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Creative  Writing Institute

Novel Writing

Want to finish that novel you’ve been working on?

Poetry Writing

Want to write poems that matter?

Short Story Writing

Want to learn what makes a short story special?


Explore Storytelling with Prose in this Five-Week Workshop

Explore Poetry in Four Weeks through the lens of Contemporary Poets

In this Four-Week course, learn what a Memoir is and why you should write it

Who We Are

We’re an independent institute of Creative Writing based out of San Francisco. We offer writing workshops in several genres to writers of all experience levels from all walks of life.

We encourage people to share their work and connect with peers and mentors. Our instructors are published working writers, professors, editors and master teachers.

Our Founder

Alexandra Kostoulas founded the SF Creative Writing Institute in 2015 to create a nurturing learning environment with an emphasis on emerging artists. She has since built a trusted brand of expert teachers, rising students and a network of dedicated writers and readers in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. An award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and journalism, she has over a decade of experience teaching
English and Creative Writing at the college level.

Our Instructors

Hollie Hardy

An English Professor & Lecturer at Berkeley City College. Winner of the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Book Award.  A seasoned teacher and literary organizer.

Nick Mamatas

The author of ten novels, over one hundred short stories, and dozens of essays and articles. Award-winning editor from Viz Media.

Tongo Eisen-Martin

An author with a book of poetry out on City Lights Press. Winner of the American Book Award, California Book Award. Currently a Poet In Residence at Cambridge University. 

What Our Students Have To Say

One of the best ways I found to write consistently and learn more about poetry
Halim M.
Paris, France
If you have wanted to write a poem, share a poem or read a poem in public, stop procrastinating and actually do it by taking Hollie Hardy's Poetry Workshop offered through the SF Creative Writing Institute. Hollie Hardy takes novices and experienced writers alike through the experiences of generating, writing and editing poems
MiMi G.
Oakland, CA

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