Polish Your Writing with a Professional
For writers who have a work-in-progress—whether a short story, a group of poems, a novel, a personal essay, or a memoir—and would like feedback on higher order concerns such as theme, style, structure, and voice. Line-editing may also be included.
Mentoring & Coaching
For writers who are stuck or overwhelmed, who would like to find joy and inspiration in their writing practice, or who want thorough guidance and feedback on their writing with the opportunity to establish an ongoing working relationship with a professional writer.
For writers who would like coaching and consultation during the MFA selection and application process. Instructors will offer feedback on the application packet as well as on any personal statements or accompanying critical essays.
Writing Salon@Your Work
This branch of The Writing Salon will come to you wherever you are in the Bay Area. Experienced creative writing teachers offer classes and training sessions to private groups, small businesses, and large companies. Chances are if you have a group of people looking to spark creativity on the page, we can meet your needs.
Catalina Baker, Incoming Student at the University of Montana’s MFA Program
Received MFA guidance from Cary Groner
When I started working with Cary, I had never before taken a creative writing class or shared my stories with other people. At first, I felt like a rookie. But Cary treated me like a writer. He both supported me and challenged me to push further, and his engaging classes opened me up to new techniques, ideas, and sources of inspiration.
With Cary’s help and support, I applied to MFA programs and was accepted. His classes, workshops, and incisive feedback have made me a more confident and more effective storyteller. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from him.
Received Coaching from Alison Luterman
Working with Alison has been invaluable – she has provided me with profound lessons on how to hone my craft. Our one-on-one coaching sessions have made me a better poet and essayist – she helps me maintain my voice but amplifies it so it will be heard.
She is incredibly supportive yet is honest and forthcoming. She draws on her incredible knowledge of different forms and genres as well as her experience as a teacher. Every session with Alison pushes me to dig deeper and work harder. She’s like my own personal writing “cheerleader.” And it’s paying off! I am starting to getting my poems accepted for publication!
Robin Silverman, Author of Lemon Reef
Received Mentoring from Karen Bjorneby
Karen [Bjorneby] sees writing as a craft that develops with courage, effort, and constructive feedback. Under her tutelage, I’ve grown and improved as a writer in ways I’d never imagined possible. In 2011, I sold my first novel, which received the Best Debut Novel award from the Golden Crown Literary Society and a Lavender Certificate for Excellent First Work from the Alice B Awards. In addition, my book was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Society Award, Best Mystery, and an excerpt received a Pushcart Prize nomination.