A Home for Writers Since 1999

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We Believe in the Power of 4Cs

Creativity

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.

Community

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

Craft

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.

Critique

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.

Watch Our Community’s Experience

  • 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

1999

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

2002

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

2004

Jane Underwood creates the popular Daily Write Round Robin online class.

2008

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

2011

The Writing Salon wins San Francisco’s Best of the Bay Adult Education from SF Bay Guardian.

The Writing Salon wins the East Bay’s Best Place to Feed Your Muse from East Bay Express.

2012

The Writing Salon wins San Francisco’s Best of the Bay Adult Education from SF Bay Guardian.

2013

The Saturday Night Writer’s Special Reading Series runs at Progressive Grounds in San Francisco.

2016

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.

2017

A new San Francisco location opens at 2042 Balboa Street in the Richmond district.

The Writing Salon launches the 1st annual Jane Underwood Poetry Prize.

The Friends of the Salon Reading Series makes its debut.

2018

The Writing Salon launches a monthly meetup series that is free to all writers.

2019

The Writing Salon starts a Scholarship program for writers with financial need.

The Writing Salon celebrates its 20th anniversary!

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