Joining the Grotto

Rachels-DoorAs the most established creative workplace in the San Francisco Bay Area, our membership is typically filled to capacity. But when vacancies arise, how do we find new Grottoites? Well, there’s no set procedure–no place to request an application, no waiting list. This is by design: the lack of a formalized process helps us meet the challenges posed by each particular vacancy. Sometimes it makes sense to add a poet to the mix, sometimes a financial reporter; the right person at that particular time is a variable. We consider our current balance and blend of disciplines, then extend an invitation.

But while we’re selective, we’re not an elite. Our primary criterion is professionalism–not in the sense of worldly achievement, but in the sense of dedication and application. Our membership includes award-winning novelists, for instance, but also (as yet) unpublished novelists whose work in progress is clearly professional-level. We all draw on the energy of being surrounded by others working hard at a perpetually difficult craft.

If the Grotto intrigues you, we suggest you subscribe to our newsletters, and attend some of our classes and public events. Another method is by applying for our Grotto Fellows program, providing temporary residencies for emerging writers.

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