“Like all writers, he measured the achievements of others by what they had accomplished, asking of them that they measure him by what he envisaged or planned.”
Jorge Luis Borges

The San Francisco Writers Workshop provides a forum for writers in any genre to share their work-in-progress and receive constructive critiques from other writers. The workshop was founded in 1946 and met for many years at the San Francisco Public Library. Since 2014, Alley Cat Books (3036 24th St) has generously given space to the workshop for its weekly meetings. Currently moderated by Kurt Wallace Martin, Judy Viertel, James Warner, and Olga Zilberbourg, the Workshop meets every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Please arrive a little before 7.

Attendance is free
and open to all interested writers.


– 6 double-spaced pages max
– don’t bring the same work twice (even after editing)
– bringing copies to share helps participants to follow along and provide insightful critique
– you can’t talk back when you’re being critiqued

Events featuring some of our writers

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 8 pm, the workshop is hosting a reading as a part of San Francisco's Lit Crawl. The reading will be held at Cafe La Boheme (3318 24th St) and will feature current readings by our own -- Conrad Bishop, Robin Bullard, Hannah Custis, Cynthia Gómez, Tatyana Sundeyeva, Tony Tepper. Judy Viertel will host! Join us to hear the stories and meet the regulars. Click here to see our flier.

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