Turn Your Words into Art

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format.

For 20 years, we have helped writers bring their voices to the page.

The Writing Salon, founded in 1999, is a creative writing school for adults. We believe that creativity empowers, heals, and transforms; that a love for language and story binds people together as a community of independent voices; that the study of the craft of writing should be open to everyone; and that critique of our own and others’ writing can be, at once, constructive and compassionate.

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“The Writing Salon has offered creative writing classes in the Bay Area since 1999…”

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“Whether you’re an aspiring novelist who needs the structure of fixed deadlines or just a dabbler looking to broaden your creative horizons, The Writing Salon has something for you…”

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The Writing Salon is a place of non-judgment, a place for mutual encouragement and dialogue, a place where ideas spark and I become inspired.

Laura Koehn

The classes I took at the Salon were my first exposure to workshop critique and participating in the creative process with other students. I felt as the sessions progressed, I read work (mine and others’) more critically, saw areas for growth and clarity, and identified how to better help my peers by asking questions.

Sam Jacobs

I’ve finished the first draft of a novel . . . A significant accomplishment that would not have happened without the Writing Salon.

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I learned that I do not have to be published to find value in my own writing. That literature has an enormous value to modern society and to the individual producing it.

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Announcing the 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize Winner

The 2019 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner is John Sibley Williams for his poem “Armistice.” The finalists are Heather Campbell, Sharon Coleman, and Grace Li.

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Announcing the 2020 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize

The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, the founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon. Open to all poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. This year’s final judge is David Hernandez. The submission deadline is December 1, 2020.

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Announcing The Writing Salon Scholarship

In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, The Writing Salon is expanding our 2020 Scholarship Program to include multiple recipients. Submission is open to Bay Area writers over the age of 18 who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. We will offer five writers of promise a $150 credit toward a fall Writing Salon class of their choice. Submissions will be accepted from July 1 – August 1.

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Announcing the Covid-19 Scholarship Recipients

The Scholarship recipients are Rachel Hurwitz, Joseph Kim, Lydia Kim, Victoria Turner, and Joe Vigil. Each recipient will receive a $150 credit toward a fall Writing Salon class of their choice.

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