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You’ve spent hours alone wrestling with your fiction and now you’re craving some constructive, insightful feedback from a supportive group of fellow writers. It’s time to dip your toe into the workshop.

Over the course of five weeks, the group will discuss two or three of your drafts (all stages of development are welcome) with an eye toward discovering what resonates. Which characters, scenes and sentences are most engaging? Which ones most effectively advance your narrative and which seem to be at cross purposes with the process of bringing your story to fruition?

In addition to the group’s comments, instructor Steve Mitchel will provide you with written feedback and reading suggestions. “While the workshop will primarily focus on student work,” says Steve, “in each session we’ll also examine short excerpts from published stories to illustrate various approaches to craft.”

Whether you’re struggling to complete your first full draft or gearing up to submit to literary journals or MFA programs, the inspiration and direction you gain from the workshop experience will leave you eager to dive back into your stories.



    Steve Mitchel earned a B.A. in political science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Northwestern University and an MFA in fiction writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He’s led writing workshops for adults throughout the Bay Area and tutors 3rd graders in reading and writing at John Muir Elementary in San Francisco. The recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for his story “Dog People,” he recently completed his first novel.

  1. Wednesday, October 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Wednesday, October 31, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Wednesday, November 7, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Wednesday, November 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Wednesday, November 28, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • Steve was terrific: gracious, insightful and balanced. I enjoyed reading stories closely for their literary merit and found the open, forgiving atmosphere encouraging.



Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 2:00 am
Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 5:30 am
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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