MIL-SFWC Classes All Year Long!

In partnership with the Mechanics Institute Library, we will be presenting educational (and entertaining)
SFWC-MIL classes with prices that are writer-friendly—including a few FREE classes too!
The classes will all be held at the Mechanics’ Institute
57 Post Street – San Francisco, CA 94104 –

Check out the upcoming SFWC-MIL CLASSES below. 
Click on the Class Titles below for more details and online registration.

Be sure to check the Mechanics’ Institute EVENTS page to see all the events for writers.
While some are only open to Mechanics Institute members, but many are open to the general public.   Take note of the Writers’ Lunches where you bring your bag lunch and join in with a group of fellow writers and speakers.  Writers’ lunches are FREE!
For details  CLICK HERE

Saturday, April 13, 2019 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

Nailing the 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction – Talk and Q&A  $49;  MI Members $39

C. S. Lakin will give this 2-hour slide talk and discussion will go deep into your concept with a kicker, protagonist with a goal, conflict with high stakes, and theme with a heart.

Workshop Your 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction   $79; MI Members $69

In this afternoon session, we’ll dig deep into your four pillars, helping you brainstorm your ideas in small group critique sessions along with instructor feedback.
Both of these C.S. Lakin classes will be held at Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – 6:30pm

Rising Writers Series: The Boatbuilder Author Daniel Gumbiner in conversation with writer Kevin Smokler

Cosponsored by McSweeney’s:   Daniel Gumbiner’s novel, long-listed for the 2018 National Book Award, deals with a young man coping with addiction and finding a new path.

FREE to All at  Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Friday, April 19, 2019 – 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Writers Lunch    The Truth of Historical Fiction: Join historical fiction author and speaker, Ona Russell, in exploring this timely and entertaining subject.

MIL Members & Public FREE   Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Friday, April 26, 2019 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Stay Creative, Corporate Writer!

LD Kirshenbaum wants you to spend one lunch hour a month to maintaining your muse along with your career in copywriting or corporate communications. This lightning workshop packs in a useful discussion as well as writing time. Bring your lunch and preferred writing utensils.

Members and Public Free   Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10:30 am. to 1:00 p.m.

How to Write Stunning Sentences with Nina Schuyler  $75; MIL Members $60

What sentences do you craft to capture anxiety? Thought? A reminiscent narrator? What kind of sentence creates a feeling of euphoria? Of exhaustion? By the end of this class, you will have mastered the art of writing sentences that do more than move the story along.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 10:30am to 1:30pm

Writing for Children – “It’s a Bunny Eat Bunny World”   $70; MI Members $59

Join Penny Warner for an exciting class on children’s writing!

These are just a sampling of the classes, activities and stimulating talks offered at Mechanics’ Institute.  Many (but not all) are open to the general public.  CLICK HERE for the event listings.

About the Mechanics’ Institute

The Mechanics’ Institute is a general interest independent library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco. Founded in 1854 to serve the educational and social needs of mechanics—artisans, craftsmen, and inventors—and their families, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker in search of a place for literary pursuits, thinking, research, and study.

Consider becoming a member. Membership provides access to our library, chess activities, free admission to most of our events, and discounted rates for our writing classes! Membership is open to the public and starts at $120 a year. Please see for further details and benefits.

Take a tour! The institute has a long history and many exciting services. Tours take place every Wednesday at noon or by appointment.

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

You missed it? Here is a recording of the Free Preview of the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference

Writing a book is arguably the easy part. Getting it polished, published and then having the world take notice … that takes industry knowledge and well-placed connections.  Attending a writers conference can give your writing career a huge boost. Luckily one of the best conferences in the country takes place in San Francisco this February. Come to this free preview session to meet the people behind the scenes at the San Francisco Writers Conference … and hear how it can help you be a better writer.

Open to the Public.  FREE       Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, San Francisco

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All of the SFWC-MIL classes will be held at the Mechanics’ Institute –
57 Post Street – San Francisco, CA 94104 –