Left Margin LIT is a creative writing center offering classes, camaraderie,

and mentorship to East Bay writers of all backgrounds and experience levels.

We aim to promote storytelling and poetry as vital elements of a healthy city: enriching dialogue, building community, and supporting a culture of creativity.

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This is a course on revising fiction and creative nonfiction, but it is also, and must be, a course that considers how this moment of crisis has changed our relationship to our work, and how writers in the past grew to...

Begins on May 21st

Revising Your Prose in

a Changed World

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In this four-week workshop, we’ll read poems that move us toward a feeling of connection, tenderness, and deeper peace. We’ll think about them analytically, identifying the recipes that poets use to give the reader...

Begins on June 3rd

Writing the Poem

of Comfort

Lauren Markham

The literary essay often conjures a long piece of writing, something dense or sprawling that explores central questions or ideas. But what about the essay in very short form? The short essay can...

Begins on June 15th

Reading & Writing

the Very Short Essay

Left Margin Testimonials

"I came to David when I needed help applying to MFA programs. Some writers will try to shape your work into a style like their own, but David was able to recognize my voice and polish it rather than mold it. Throughout the application process, David responded to every one of my concerns with reassurance and insight. He helped me navigate the painful purgatory of the waitlist, resulting in my acceptance. Without his feedback, advice, and encouragement, I wouldn't be attending my dream school."


MFA student, University of Michigan

—  Name, Title

Private Writing Consultations


Work with an excellent coach or editor to push your writing forward. 

Crowd Gathering


Come party with us! We host literary events here in the East Bay.



Come write with us and reach your goals in the Left Margin LIT space!



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College Campus


We offer financial aid and merit awards to low-income writers.

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Get in touch! We love to hear from writers, readers, and word enthusiasts.

1543 Shattuck Avenue, Suite B

Berkeley, CA 94709


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