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BIPOC writers from greater San Francisco Bay area gather for writersworkshop hosted by WriteNow! SF Bay
BIPOC poets and writers critique their works at a workshop hosted by WriteNow! SF Bay
ShizueSeigel, Director of WriteNow! SF Bay facilitates workshop

Photos by Leon Sun

Coming in 2024:



Bay area writers of color gather online during recent pandemic to discuss their writing



Safe, supportive spaces for self-identified writers of color to explore race, class, culture, gender and identity. We welcome all ages and all levels of writing, from beginning to seasoned professionals, working in any genre.

FREE. Follow us on EVENTBRITE to register for workshops

THE BIPOC HATCHERY Creative Writing Workshop 
Every 2nd TUESDAY of the month on Zoom, 6-8pm. (Dates may vary in 2024)

Discover your voice and style, build skills, and create community with a diverse group of BIPOC writers. Expect a wonderful and unpredictable mix of prose writers, poets and other artists — from beginning writers to published prizewinners from around the Bay Area and beyond. If you have nothing to share, come listen and get acquainted with other BIPOC writers. 

WRITE NOW! 3RD SATURDAYS Creative Writing Workshop

Every 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am-noon.

This long-running group has served over 200 writers of color since 2015.
It draws a wonderful  mix of prose writers, poets and other artists at every level, genre, and background—from beginning writers. to published prizewinners. Regulars have included Andre Le Mont Wilson, Lorraine Bonner, Norm Mattox, Kimi Sugioka and Janice Hom. Space is limited, so reserve a spot now for 15-20  minutes each to read  up to 1000-2000 words and receive supportive feedback. (Listeners also welcome).

On hold: HIDDEN HISTORIES OF THE CENTRAL COAST.  Every 4th Monday of the month, 6-8pm.

This new multicultural writing workshop will meet monthly for the next two years as a key component of a California Civil Liberties Public Education project that gives voice to the unsung workers of color that are the backbone of California's coastal economy, and to their allies.

We welcome writers of poetry, memoir, essay, fiction, storytelling—writers at every level, genre, and background—from beginning writers to published authors. Bring writing or art to share, free write to prompts or just come listen and get acquainted with other local BIPOC creatives.

Facilitator Shizue Seigel's family was part of SLO County's Japanese American farming community prior to WWII incarceration. They lost everything in the incarceration and sharecropped strawberries for Driscoll's for ten years to save money to buy ten acres of their own. 

We are seeking family photos, oral histories and narratives of Japanese, Filipinx, Latinx, and African Americans with connections to San Luis Obispo County and the Santa Maria Valley.

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