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With an installment each season of the year, The Salon Reading Series features readings with our beloved teachers and their students.

Come on out to our San Francisco location on March 2 to hear Writing Salon instructors, Steve Mitchel and Lori Ostlund, read with their two students, Hema Padhu and Joan Winter.

This free event will take place at The Writing Salon's San Francisco location. To ensure a seat at the reading, please RSVP by 5pm on Friday, March 1.


About The Writing Salon's In-Person Events

In-person event schedules are subject to sudden change or cancellation due to Covid. Masking, social distancing, and other Covid measures will be enforced in accordance with local guidelines. If you have any questions about our in-person events, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.


Steve Mitchel was awarded the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for his story, “Dog People.” His story “The Return of the Capellmeister” was a finalist for LitMag’s Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction. He 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 fiction writing workshops throughout the Bay Area and has taught legal writing to law students at Northwestern and U.C. Berkeley.

Lori Ostlund’s novel, After the Parade, was a Barnes & Noble Discover pick, a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, The Bigness of the World, won the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the California Book Award for First Fiction, and the Edmund White Debut Fiction Award, and was a Lambda Finalist. Lori’s work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories as well as in ZYZZYVA, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, and other journals. Lori has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award and was a finalist for the 2017 Joyce Carol Oates Prize. She has been a teacher for over twenty-five years in New Mexico, Spain, Malaysia, and North Carolina and is currently on the Mile-High MFA faculty. Since 2022, she has served as the series editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She lives in San Francisco, where she is at work on her fourth book, a novel entitled The Proprietresses, based on the years that she and her wife owned a furniture store in Albuquerque. Her third book, a story collection entitled Are You Happy?, will be published by Zando Projects in April 2025.

Hema Padhu is an Indian immigrant and an emerging writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Letter, Joyland, Fourteen Hills, Litro Magazine, and more. A 2019 Fellow of the San Francisco Writers Grotto, she has attended The Sewanee Writers Conference and The Kenyon Workshop. She lives in San Francisco.

Joan Winter lives and works in San Francisco. She writes short stories and is working on a satirical novel about life in the Bay Area.


Sun, March 3
1:00 am - 2:00 am PST
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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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.

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