Alexandra Kostoulas, Instructor

We want to connect with the world. We want to share the life that is inside us. We want to write poetry and prose that speaks the truth and moves the reader. But where do we start?

There’s a voice within all of us wanting to find its place in the world. The concepts and techniques in the Jack Grapes METHOD WRITING Program will lead you step by step, show you how to create compelling moments and scenes, how to move your reader with writing that jumps off the page and grabs them by the heart.

In this workshop, we will focus on stripping away the artifice of writing, the baggage that keeps us from the most essential building block of any writing: the Deep Voice. We’ll turn journal entries into poems and stories, and by the end of the class, you’ll produce a “chapbook” of your work, turning process into product. This class focuses on weekly journal writing using the techniques and concepts of Method Writing. Suitable for both poets and prose writers, beginners and advanced, this class will help you find your deep voice and use it to create clear and compelling written work.

As someone who studied with Jack Grapes for many years, I am especially qualified to guide the student through these unique and powerful concepts that will make your writing voice authentic and your scenes and images compelling. We’ll be using Grapes’ textbook, METHOD WRITING: THE FIRST FOUR CONCEPTS. Continuing students can begin Level 2: The Four Voices and beyond.

Classes are offered in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. San Francisco classes run three times per year.  Check out our schedule below for classes starting in Winter 2015.

Upcoming Classes Winter 2018


Jack Grapes Method Writing Program

All Levels (For both new and returning students)

Thursdays * 8 sessions

January 25-March 15, 2018 * 6:00-9:00 pm

Wework Golden Gate* 25 Taylor St. * San Francisco

Cost: $425

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Past Classes Spring 2017


Jack Grapes Method Writing Program

Section #1:  Advanced 

(for returning students)
Thursdays  *  8 sessions

April 27-June 15, 2017 * 6:00-9:00pm

WeWork Golden Gate * 25 Taylor St. *San Francisco*

Cost: $425

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Method Writing in San Francisco will be on hiatus in Summer 2017. Check out our other classes. For a COMPLETE list of our upcoming classes visit the SF Creative Writing Institute here.

 Fall 2017

Jack Grapes Method Writing Program

Section #1: Intro

(for beginning & returning students)

Tuesdays  *  8 sessions

October 24-December 19, 2017 * 6:00-9:00pm

WeWork Golden Gate * 25 Taylor St. *San Francisco*

Tuesdays * 8 Sessions

Cost: $425

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