Grotto Classes are only ever taught by a published writer in that specific genre.

Only published novelists teach our novel-writing classes. Only published memoirists teach our memoir classes. And only working journalists teach our non-fiction classes.

That’s why San Francisco Magazine voted Grotto Classes Best of the Bay Area.


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The students in all of our classes get the opportunity to read their writing at our 3-Minute Reading Series at Book Passage at the SF Ferry Building. More than 100 people attend this event. Check the upcoming classes page for the most current dates and times.


Registration for our Summer Session is now open!

Click on upcoming classes to see what we’ve got in store for you.


Session Dates for 2014:

Fall: September 14 through November 21




Gerry Jones (Finding the Story)


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