Local Creative Writing Groups Starting Soon (Oakland, CA)

Looking for a local writer’s group in Oakland, CA?

Check out these upcoming workshops by local writing teacher and novelist, Shelley Wagner.

UPDATED LOCATION: Owl Bookshop, 3941 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, California

  • Mondays 1:00 to 4:00 pm for five weeks April 22, 29, May 6, May 13, 20
  • Tuesdays 11:30 to 2:30pm for five weeks April 23, 30, May 7, May 14, 21

Wait, There’s More!

Shelley just added an evening group to be held at a Piedmont Avenue Bookshop, the name of which is yet to be confirmed. This workshop will also be 5 weeks and will be scheduled on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00pm — 10 hours of writing together for $120.00

So, if you work during the day and prefer a particular time for the evening group, let Shelley know. She’s in the process of setting up the day and time.

If you’re interested in the above workshops, email Shelley Wagner at thinkenglish@gmail.com with your name and phone # if you’re interested or have questions.



Shelley Wagner of The Write Workshops is a Writer, English Teacher, Language Coach, and Creative Writing Workshop Leader who uses tried, tested and proven methods to generate new writing.

Storytelling is instinctive, she explains, and while our inborn nature to create is reflected in the stories we tell, our themes and characters are unique. By using memory, imagination, and the storytelling instinct we can delve deep inside ourselves, reach for our stories, and bring them into the light.

Shelley has hosted the 16 Eyes critique group in Oakland, and facilitated the Rose Street Writers in Berkeley for the past three years. She participates in a group for novella
writers affiliated with the UC Berkeley Extension Certificate Program in Writing.

She is a fiction writer who dabbles in Haiku, Six Word Stories, and is currently at work on Saulies’ Big River, a novella about family, and saving the Redwoods, set in a logging community on the Northwest California coast.

Shelley taught writing as an adjunct professor for California State University East Bay, The American Language Program at CSUEB, Ohlone College, and Alameda Unified School District. She has worked as a language coach for Upwardly Global, and at the English Language School in San Francisco. Alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists method, has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, and a Master’s in English with a teaching emphasis.