Benefit for Alley Cat Bookstore

San Francisco Writers Workshop hosts its annual benefit and potluck for Alley Cat Books. Let’s support Alley Cat books that has been such a wonderful venue for the workshop these last few years.  
The event is free of charge, but book purchase is encouraged. 


Tamim Ansary directed the SF Writers Workshop for 22 years. As a writer he takes pride in tackling small, unambitious projects. His upcoming book THE INVENTION OF YESTERDAY, due to hit bookstore shelves in October, is a cross between a history of the world and a theory of everything. 

L. A. Jackson, a native San Franciscan, received her BA in English from Mt. St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently working on a collection of short stories entitled THE RELIGION OF SLAVES. 

SF native Timothy Kay is the author of the massive interlinked web story, READ IF THEY GET ME, and the goofy zombie novel THE BRAIN INGREDIENT. Currently, he’s working on a new science fiction novel, making little web games and playing the air guitar. Find his work at

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST, (Dzanc Books, July 2019), and the SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW, the 2017 Indies Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. She is the founder and director of WTAW Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary books, and of Why There Are Words, the national literary reading series she founded in Sausalito in 2010. She is a member of the SF Writers Grotto. 

Corinne Peitso Selvin was born in San Jose and now lives in San Francisco. She likes to travel, play with any cat or dog she can find, and spend entire weekends reading YA novels about gritty heroines. By day, she makes maps and by night, she is writing her first novel about her own magical heroes. 

Nell Sweeney is a New Jersey native who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a major in English and a concentration in creative writing. When she isn’t buried in her day job, she can typically be found wearing all black at her local cafe, hard at work on her noir novel.