San Francisco Deep Writing Workshop

San Francisco

San Francisco

Don’t miss Deep Writing in San Francisco!

There are currently no 2015 San Francisco Deep Writing dates set. Please email Dr. Maisel at for information on 2015 San Francisco Deep Writing dates. Thank you!

Come to everyone’s favorite city for a Deep Writing workshop. The workshop venue is historic Ft. Mason Center in the Marina District of San Francisco right on San Francisco Bay. In the venue (Ft. Mason Center Building C) are a museum gift shop, a bookstore and a café; and just a few steps away is the world-famous vegetarian restaurant Greens with its awesome Bay views.

Deep writing workshops are simple in structure and powerful in effect. During the workshop you relearn how much writing means to you and make real progress on your chosen project. A genuinely safe environment is created because participants’ writing is neither shared nor critiqued. Rather, the group receives permission to spend significant time connecting with and falling back in love with their own writing.

Each writing session begins with an important lesson. You explore the unique challenges that writers face and have the opportunity to resolve longstanding issues around committing, planning and doing, generating mental energy, achieving a centered presence, mastering anxiety, completing projects, and maintaining a writing life.

There is an optional session on publishing for those interested in learning effective strategies for selling fiction and nonfiction and learning about the important differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing. There is also an optional get-acquainted get-together on the Sunday evening before the workshop commences.

Workshop hours: Monday, 9:15 am – 1 pm; Tuesday, 9:15 am – 1 pm; Wednesday, 9:15 am – 1 pm; optional publishing session, Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 3 pm; Thursday, 9:15 am – 1 pm; Friday, 9:15 am – 12 noon.

The Deep Writing Workshop is ideal for writers of every level of experience, from published authors to writers who have yet to begin writing. It is likewise ideal for writers who want to discover what they want to write, who are hoping to get back to a beloved project, and who are immersed in a current project.

Give yourself the gift of a week in the embrace of your own writing.


Cost: $475 (tuition only)

Deposit: $100. The deposit holds your place and is fully refundable until September 1, 2014, after which it can be applied to another workshop or training.

Location: Historic Fort Mason Center in the Marina District of San Francisco.

To register please visit here


“I began my novel in one of Eric’s Deep Writing workshops, finished it in another, quickly sold it for a lovely advance, and now it’s appeared! Eric and his writing workshops have made all the difference in my writing life.” –Eva Weaver, The Puppet Boy of Warsaw


“I wrote more in Eric’s workshop that I ever have in the several dozen other writing workshops I have done. This wasn’t merely a consequence of the extensive periods assigned to writing, but was also the result of using the tools and techniques taught by Eric. I appreciated his humor and the practicality of his suggestions.” – Bill H.


“What a wonderful, enriching experience! So many writing workshops use almost the entire time to talk about writing. Eric Maisel’s Deep Writing workshop gave me time to write. After months of just thinking about my novel, I finally started writing again. I’m leaving Eric’s class with renewed enthusiasm and excitement about my writing. And thanks to Eric, I’m confident I have new skills and knowledge to continue writing. I couldn’t ask for more!” – Terri S.


“This workshop was not what I expected. I expected ‘exercises in writing.’ What I received was a guide to my own creative process and a new-found respect for the process. It wasn’t just a good experience; it was transformative. Thanks, Eric, you’re a gem.” – Cathryn R.


“I came to this class in a post-MFA rut. My writing was stalled by anxiety and I had started doubting my ability to ‘be a writer.’ Dr. Maisel is an outstanding teacher. He has a calming presence and a very original and succinct distillation of principles. I filled my notebook and in essence solved my novel. I leave with clear goals, confidence, and a strong sense of purpose. I fell back in love with my novel.” – J. Haley C.


“This week in London represented a wonderful luxury and a truly safe haven in which to write. For whatever reason, I was able to work with minimal anxiety throughout. Having the writing not compete with the usual demands at home has made a big difference. And having time left each day to explore London made for a perfect week!”–Jennifer T.


“Rather than being a challenging, grueling week of hard work it has been a week of flow and relief that I can do this writing thing and that my story is good. I’ve fallen in love with my book and with discovering my characters and I had a blast. Thank you, Eric, for holding the energy so well!” – Ruth P.


“I’ve learned this week that anything that interferes with sitting down and writing is a ‘distraction’ and can be dealt with or addressed. Doing our own writing allowed us to witness our process and learn how to address distractions, all made possible by Eric’s even, non-attached, but-always-ready-to-laugh voice and presence. A brilliant experience.” – Amanda L.


“This was a great workshop. I really enjoyed it and looked forward to each day. This workshop has helped to kick start my novel, which had only been in my head until this week. Thanks so much!”– Ralph M.


“I found the workshop very useful as it actually got me writing—and got me back into the thrill of writing. I will most probably finish both the projects I reconnected with this week. At least it feels like it’s going to be easy now! Thanks for helping me focus. You are an inspiration.”– Sophie L.


“The workshop was direct, sobering, steady, safe, open, and respectful. It does not get much better than this.”– Bob C.


“This was a great, focused experience and you gave very solid, positive direction – and your presence was the main thing, the way you supported the group and each of us so quietly, steadily, and with so much good will.” – Judy S.


“I loved your Zen-like style and the fact that there was lots of time to write and keep writing so as to go deeper. It was a great reminder to myself that this is like meditation, that the real work is to keep sitting and noticing and writing, and I felt a big shift in the direction of finally embracing the process. I got everything that I came here for.”– Claudette V.


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