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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Begins on October 6th

Music of the Mind:

Poetry Workshop

Poetry nourishes, delights, and comforts us in times of need. It's the one place where people can speak their original human mind," according to Allen Ginsberg. In that spirit, come speak your mind by joining...

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Begins on October 12th

More with Less:

Fiction Workshop

The short story accomplishes a feat that feels impossible--it gives us deep insight into characters and emotional resonance in the space of only a few pages. In this course, we will closely read a range of contemporary...

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Begins on October 15th

The Memoir of Childhood:

Memoir Workshop 

We understand the sheer power of our respective childhood and adolescent memories. But how can we harness this power to propel a narrative as well as capture a reader’s attention? In this workshop... 

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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