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.

Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Begins on March 2nd

Writing the Everyday

 Poetry Workshop

In today’s frenetic, media-saturated world, what does it mean to slow down? To cultivate a “living relationship with the present,” as psychotherapist and gardener Sue Stuart-Smith says in A Well-Gardened Mind? How can we reclaim...

Jason Bayani

Begins on March 21st

Building Your Poetry Foundations

Poetry Workshop

This craft course is geared towards developing and emerging poets (and those wanting a bit of a refresher). We will examine the concept of voice and how we find it within our work. What are the questions we keep returning to? What are we searching... for?

Kathleen J. Woods

Begins on March 22nd

Writing the Erotic

Fiction and Poetry Class

In this fiction and poetry course, writers will be invited to explore the relationship between sensory experience, sexual imagination, and creative expression. Through weekly readings, discussions, and exercises, we will interrogate shame and articulate...

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

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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.