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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Do you have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to go about writing and selling it? Or have you written a book but are stalled trying to get the attention of agents and publishers...

Begins on April 7th

How to Get Your First (Great) Book Deal

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 be...

Begins on April 15th

Reading & Writing

the Very Short Essay

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In a dynamic and supportive online community, students in this course will explore the natural world through writing, whether poetry or prose. During class we'll read and discuss brief excerpts of literary...

Begins on April 16th

Responding to Nature

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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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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