A Home for Writers Since 1999


We Believe in the Power of 4Cs


Many of us need a little coaxing to unleash our creativity. The Writing Salon is happy to provide that special spark for you. We’ll give you the prompts, instruction, and homework. You make the magic.


We’re here to strengthen your writing and your writing life. Whether you’re making new acquaintances in our classes or meeting up with old friends at a reading, think of our school as your community resource.


For many people, writing is rewriting. We believe an understanding of craft will empower you as an artist and storyteller, as well as bolster your communication skills in all walks of life.


While giving and getting feedback is essential to a writer’s growth, we realize our students have varying needs and desires around critique, so we offer classes with gentle, intensive, or even no critique.

  • If we trust our own creative process, there will be no limit to the joy we get out of our writing.

    Ben Jackson

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Our Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


The Writing Salon is founded in 1999 by Jane Underwood. Classes are run out of Jane’s home in Bernal Heights.


The Writing Salon opens its Berkeley location at the Strawberry Creek Design Center.


San Francisco location moves from Jane’s Bernal Heights home to the York Street loft in the Mission District.


Winner of San Francisco’s Best of the Bay Adult Education from SF Bay Guardian


Winner of the East Bay’s Best Place to Feed Your Muse from East Bay Express


Winner of San Francisco’s Best of the Bay Adult Education from SF Bay Guardian


Launch of Saturday Night Writer’s Special reading series.


Jane Underwood passes away in February. Ben Jackson takes over as director.


The York Street loft closes in the Mission District. The Writing Salon offers classes only in Berkeley.


The Salon Reading Series makes its debut.


The Writing Salon opens a new location at 2042 Balboa Street in San Francisco’s Richmond district.

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