San Francisco Writers Workshop

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The San Francisco Writers Workshop is one of the oldest continuously running writing critique groups in the United States, meeting every Tuesday night, except for major holidays, since 1946. Successful published authors who first workshopped their books in the group include Khaled Hosseini,[1] David Henry Sterry, Aaron Hamburger, Joe Quirk, Michelle Gagnon, Kemble Scott, Tamim Ansary, Erika Mailman, Zarina Zabrisky, and Ransom Stephens.

Tamim Ansary has moderated the workshop for twenty-two years until his retirement in 2015. Currently, the workshop is moderated by Robin Bullard, Kurt Wallace Martin, Judy Viertel, and Olga Zilberbourg. The workshop is free and open to all interested writers and genres, providing a forum to share work-in-progress and receive constructive critiques from other writers. The group meets at the Alley Cat Books, near San Francisco's Mission district.

Sessions are uniquely structured so participants share, aloud, up to six double-spaced pages of their work at a time. Writers are not allowed to speak or respond while the group critiques their work.

San Francisco Writers Workshop Alumni[edit]

Some of the published authors who have emerged from the workshop:

Note: Partial List - Updates Requested

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