Refund Policy

The Writing Salon will offer a refund to students only under the following conditions:

1) A course is cancelled.
2) The student withdraws from the course at least 24 hours before the first class meeting.

Gift Certificates


1) $145 for a 1-day workshop
2) $295 for a 5-week class
3) $475 for a 9-week class

There is a place on the checkout form to include your gift recipient’s name and email address (for our administrative purposes). But we leave it to you to tell them about the gift certificate and/or to find a way to “present” it to them (i.e. with a card). Just let them know that when they’re ready to take a class of their own choosing, all they have to do is call (510) 982-6252, and we will sign them up over the phone.



  • You must register in advance (pay in full) online. We need to know: 1) if we have enough people (at least 6) to hold the class, and 2) that we have not gone over our maximum enrollment number of 14.
  • Each class description has an “Add to Cart” button. Add your class to the cart, and follow the checkout instructions. We accept Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. Our site is secure.
  • Shortly after you register, you will receive two automated emails: a course confirmation and a receipt.
  • Registration for a class continues until the class is full or, if not full, until just prior to the second class.
  • If a class is full, you will see SOLD OUT at the top of the class description.
  • If a class is full, you can ask to be put on a waiting list. Send your request to Include your phone number.


Can I pay in installments?

No. But please check out PayPal’s “Bill Me Later” option. It’s a good deal!

Can I sit in on the first class before deciding if I want to take it?

Nope, sorry but not workable. However you are welcome to call or email if you have questions that aren’t answered in the course description. Jane (the owner) will answer them, or she will put you in direct touch with the teacher.

Do you pro-rate the cost if we are unable to attend every class? 

Sorry, but no again.  Our teachers are happy, however, to give you any handouts or assignments from the class you missed.

Do you offer a sliding scale payment option? Or any scholarships or financial aid?

We’d love to, but this is a small, “labor of love” business that survives on a shoestring budget. But if you compare our prices to other local, privately run classes, they are crazy low!

How do I become a member?

The Writing Salon is not offering new memberships at this time. Those who already have a membership will still be able to sign up for classes at the member price. We plan to develop a new membership program starting in 2017. Thanks for your patience!

About Us

We are a private business offering a wide array of classes taught by a wide variety of instructors. We welcome writers (and aspiring writers) at all levels of experience. If you’re a beginner, we’ll help you unlock pent-up creativity and get started. If you’ve got experience, we’ll help you to keep going and improving. If you’re rusty, we’ll bring out the oil cans. If you’re blocked, we’ll help you to overcome obstacles and fears.

We teach the nuts and bolts of craft. We also give tips and advice on how to rev up motivation, discipline and commitment.

We want to help you enjoy the process of writing, as well as the satisfaction of completing your projects (if that’s your goal; some students are very product-oriented, others are more process-oriented). Our courses are hands-on. You will write, not just think about writing. You will also engage in lively discussions and helpful interactions with your teachers and peers.

We invite you to come learn new skills and improve (or revive) old ones. We also encourage you to use the Writing Salon as a resource for making connections, finding support and building community with other writers — to see it as a place where you can go to strengthen not only your writing but your writing life.

Here’s an article about Writing Salon founder Jane Underwood, in the October 2014 issue of The Monthly.

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