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.


Learn how to overcome imposter syndrome, achieve flow, and gain the right tools to finally create your life’s work.

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?

The goal of this new 6-week class is to invigorate your writing practice, get you on the page, and inspire you to write as many new first drafts as possible.

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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