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.


Begins on Janary 19th

Writing Through Grief:

Nonfiction Workshop

In this course, participants will experience a safe space in which to write through their grief towards healing. We will look at and respond to a variety of writers who have claimed their life journeys on the page...

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Begins on January 19th

With Hope & Gratitude:

Poetry Workshop

Has there ever been such a collective desire for a new year to begin? We think not. So let’s take a deep breath together, and let’s put 2020 behind us in order to look forward to hope, community, and literary goals that surely await...

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Begins on January 28th

The Building Blocks

of Memoir

Do you want to write a memoir but aren’t sure where to start? Or have you already started a memoir but aren’t sure how to keep it going? This class will give you some solid ground from which to jump into the mysteries of memoir writing...

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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