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
Alley Cat

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 James Warner, Kurt Wallace Martin, Judy Viertel, 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.

Due to coronavirus concerns, we are currently holding our meetings on Zoom. Please contact bowlga [at] gmail [dot] com for more info.

Update from April 2022: We’re continuing to meet on Zoom (and are investigating options for returning in-person).


– 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

To contact SFWW, email: bowlga [at] gmail [dot] com