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.
Visit us at our San Francisco and Berkeley classrooms.
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.Brian Byrne
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.Roger Mills
The 2018 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, who passed away in February 2016. Open to all poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. The submission deadline is December 2, 2018.