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 February 25th

A Chapbook Primer

Between chapbooks, micro-chaps, and digital chapbooks, there are more opportunities for publishing shorter (and sometimes very short) collections of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction now than ever before... 

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Begins on March 2nd

Writing the Everyday: 

Artful Observation

This will be an engaging, generative poetry class that draws inspiration from everyday life and the natural world. We will experiment with low-stakes observational practices like sketching, color studies, and...


Begins on March 11th

The Memoir

of Childhood 

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 four-week extensive 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.