About

The Writers Grotto: Where Working Writers Connect.

Mission Statement​:

The Writers Grotto is a community of working writers and narrative artists who connect in physical and virtual space, pooling our talents to support each other, mentor and teach others, and engage the wider world. The Grotto fosters a literary culture that is generous in spirit and deeply inclusive, elevating writers of all backgrounds.

Vision Statement​:

The Writers Grotto will expand the audience for meaningful storytelling—from poetry to journalism—and
amplify seldom-heard voices. Our support for daring work will embolden and inspire those within our community and beyond.

About the Writers Grotto:

The Writers Grotto is a workplace — and a place in the mind. We nurture a community of working writers and narrative artists who connect in physical and virtual space, pooling our talents, supporting each other, engaging the wider world, and creating beautiful work.

Founded in 1994, we have a roster of more than one hundred professional writers, including journalists and novelists, podcasters and poets, comedians and filmmakers, playwrights and publishers. Since our founding in 1994, members have written New York Times bestsellers, feature films, and television series, and have won everything from Pushcarts to Pulitzers.

We often host conversations with editors, agents, publicists, and prominent authors. We also invite media professionals to share their skills and expertise with us in special seminars.

We offer an affordable co-working space in the South Park neighborhood of San Francisco, and foster a literary culture that is generous in spirit and deeply inclusive. When you connect with The Writers Grotto—whether by taking a class, attending a party, or joining in creative collaboration—you help us amplify seldom-heard voices and expand the audience for meaningful storytelling.

If you’d like to know more about our founding and growth through the years, please read our history. For information about becoming a member, please see Joining.