Where are you located? How do I get there?
1543 Shattuck in North Berkeley. Our office is next to Jotmahal Indian restaurant.
Parking: Two hour off-street and metered parking is available on the blocks around our office, but even metered parking is available for free during the evenings, when most of our classes meet.
Public transportation: Many AC Transit bus lines stop within feet of our office. The closest BART station is Downtown Berkeley, about a 10 minute walk.
In which of your classes should I enroll?
Our classes are designed for all skill levels, from beginners approaching the craft for the first time to more experienced writers revising manuscripts for publication. As we grow, we will also offer some workshops tailored to beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
How many students are in a class?
5-12 students in workshops. We want to guarantee that your work gets the attention it deserves. For lecture-style classes, we may admit up to 16, depending on the instructor's teaching method and goals for the class.
How does the application process work? Why can't I just enroll directly?
For short term classes, you can directly enroll: admission is first come, first served. Our longer workshops require a brief application to ensure the integrity of the group. You can find the application at the class page, or here. Our program director reads every application carefully and consults with Left Margin’s instructors to find the best fit for each applicant and his/her work. If you are accepted into a class, the director will notify you with instructions for enrollment and payment.
How do I pay for my course?
We prefer payment via Paypal on our website, though personal checks are also accepted. (Email us if you want to pay by check.)
What is your refund policy?
We can't offer refunds once a class has begun. We operate on a small budget, and course fees pay our instructors. If you find that you can't take a class for which you registered, you may request a refund, less a $50 administrative fee, at least 48 hours prior to the start of the first class session. If a class doesn't reach its minimum enrollment, it will be cancelled, and all students will receive full refunds.
What will happen after I apply for one of your classes?
Within a couple of days, you’ll receive an email from us with an admissions decision. If you're in, congratulations! Now, to hold your place, you will need to confirm enrollment and pay the class fee. Approximately one week prior to the beginning of the course, you will receive an email from your instructor welcoming you to the class and providing instructions and materials.