Upcoming and recurring GWC events:

Recurring: The Writing Groove
Virtual cafe-style write-ins

Take Place on Oct. 7

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6:30pm

WHERE: Online

WHAT: Join Take Place, an SFSU student-run reading series, on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6:30pm for our first reading and open mic of Fall 2021! Ryan Jones and Laurie Olson will open the event reading from their original work. Then we will offer the floor to attendees to read from their own work.

RSVP for Zoom link.

Submissions Party! – Sat. Oct. 16

Join other students as we tackle the submissions process! We’ll spend the first half hour sharing resources and knowledge about where and how to submit. Then we’ll start submitting! The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to open discussion, debriefing and anything else people want to share. All CW students – graduate, undergraduate and alumni – welcome!


Feel free to drop in and out as you need.

  • 30 minutes – Intros, answering questions, sharing resources, building collective knowledge
  • 60 minutes – Submitting! Every time you submit, come off of mute and caterwaul with pride!
  • 30 minutes – Debrief, hang out, unwind, discuss, whatever

Recurring: The Writing Groove

We have expanded our Write-in sessions and now have a total of five weekly sessions. Here’s info and links about them; please drop in for as many as you would like. They’re informal ways to support each other as we work on assignments and creative projects. We spend most of our time writing, and afterwards we discuss Important Writerly Things, like “omg whyyyyy won’t my characters behave?” and “wait what’s that GIA/GTA thing again?” and “ack I’m about to graduate now what?”

The structure for each session is like so:
15 min: check in; share what you’ll be working on
90 min: writing (video on, mic off)
15 – 30 min: check back in; chat

  • Mondays, 6 – 8pm
    • Open to all writers in and around the SFSU community.
    • Link
    • Questions? Contact Zac (

The Writing Zooms below are only open to SFSU CW Graduate Students

Same Link for all Zooms below.

  • Tuesdays, 9 – 11am
    • Questions? Contact Gretchen (
  • Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 – 11am 
    • Questions? Contact Glenn ( 
  • Sundays, 6 – 8pm
    • Questions? Contact Julia (

Grad Gathering: Date TBD

The Grad Gathering is our end-of-semester, grad-students-only check-in. We’ll talk about how this semester went for you, and how we can make the next one even better. We’ll listen to your concerns related to the department and the program, and update you with what we know. At the end, we’ll have time to just hang out together, and dream a bit about the summer. We’ll send out a survey in advance, and use your responses to inform our discussion.  

  • Checking in on your quality of life and writing during the Pandemic,
  • Hearing your suggestions for improving the program, 
  • Sharing our writing goals for the summer,
  • Updating you on the department’s efforts around diversity, and
  • Having a little social time together before we break for the summer.

Questions? Contact Julia:

Past Events

April 13, 2021, 6pm: “What’s Next?”

(Missed the “What’s Next?” Panel held on April 13? No worries. Watch the recording here.)

This event is for all writers, regardless of where you are in the CW program (Undergrad, MA, MFA), who are interested in pursuing writing after you complete your degree/s. We’ve gathered writers at various stages of their creative journey to talk about some of the options for writers with Creative Writing degrees. Each writer will share their personal journey post-graduation, followed by a panel discussion about how they used their degree to move forward in their lives as writers, and a Q&A where you can ask them questions directly.