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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In this workshop, we’ll use Janet Burroway’s four methods of character presentation to guide our time together. Each class session will revolve around one of the four methods: appearance, action...

Begins on July 6th

Building Compelling Characters:

Fiction/Memoir Camp

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We are living an historic moment filled with beauty and pain that begs us to pick up the pen. Not only does writing help us process thoughts and emotions, but by documenting the stories, both big and small...

Begins on July 20th

Pick up Your Pen:

Memoir and Nonfiction Camp

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The language of poetry allows us to venture into places we might not otherwise have entered, to know things we might never have known. In this virtual workshop, we’ll explore the landscape of the poem...

Begins on July 20th

Inviting Wildness

and Wonder:

Poetry Camp (Teens) 

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!



Catch our news and learn more about what we're into. 

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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