A creative community. An inspiring environment.

A reading celebrating our Grotto Fellows.

The Grotto is a workplace community where practitioners of the narrative arts—writers, filmmakers, new media creators and others—enjoy the support of their peers, and connect with the greater San Francisco Bay Area community through classes and events.

Since our founding in 1994, Grotto members have written numerous bestsellers, feature films and television series, and have won or been finalists for every major award in American literature and journalism.

Kick your writing career into high gear. Study with us.

Ready to commit to taking your work to the next level? Come study at the Bay Area’s longest-established and highest-rated writing center. Grotto teachers are exclusively working professional authors: only published novelists teach novel writing, and only published memoirists teach the memoir. As seasoned pros, we emphasize giving you the tools you’ll need to take your own leap from dreams to action. Browse our Class Calendar or our Upcoming Classes  page.

Julia Scheeres: Memoir in a Nutshell

Grotto Reporters & Editors: Six-Week Journalism Lab

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