Events

Upcoming and recurring GWC events:

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

Submissions Party! – Sat. Dec. 4

4pm to 6pm

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

Zoom link to join: https://bit.ly/3wM39bB

GWC End of Semester Mixer on Dec. 11

WHEN: Saturday, December 11 from 2pm to 7pm

WHERE: Palo Alto, CA at Cyril Sebastian’s home. We’ll send you the address after you RSVP.

WHAT: Come hang out in person and celebrate the end of the Fall semester with your classmates.

RSVP here by Dec. 9

QUESTIONS? Contact Cyril at csebastian@mail.sfsu.edu or Julia at jshackel@mail.sfsu.edu

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 (zrussi@mail.sfsu.edu)

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

Same Link for all Zooms below.

  • Tuesdays, 9 – 11am
    • Questions? Contact Gretchen (gcion@mail.sfsu.edu)
  • Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 – 11am 
    • Questions? Contact Glenn (gwohltmann@mail.sfsu.edu) 
  • Sundays, 6 – 8pm
    • Questions? Contact Julia (jshackel@mail.sfsu.edu)

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: jshackel@mail.sfsu.edu


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.

Submissions Party! – Sat. Oct. 16 / Nov. 13

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

GWC East Bay Grad Student Mixer on Oct. 22

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 22 from 1pm to 5pm

WHERE: LOCATION CHANGED TO PRIVATE RESIDENCE DUE TO RAIN. Email jshackel@mail.sfsu.edu for details.

WHAT: Come mix and mingle in-person with fellow grad students in the East Bay! We’ll have name tags and get to know each other games. Bring your own mask, hand sanitizer and snacks!

GWC San Francisco Grad Student Mixer on Oct. 30

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 1pm to 5pm

WHERE: Contact Neha for details.

WHAT: Come hang out in person! BYO everything to keep it simple. Bring masks and jackets.

CONTACT: Neha Bagchi for more info. nbagchi@sfsu.edu