June 18 - 22, 2018 | 9 am to 3 pm « Back

IMG_0883Find out how words can create images, engage the senses, inspire emotions, and invite us on journeys to new places. We’ll spend the week exploring different genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction, to exercise  the old adage, “Show, don’t tell.” It has been said that writing is a muscle. Throughout the week we will flex our writing muscles with collaborative exercises, readings, prompts and journaling. Whether you are working on a research paper, high school or college admissions essay, writing an email to a teacher, or adding a new post to your blog, the value of good writing skills is endless.

Writers will find inspiration in the world around them with daily trips to local destinations such as the San Francisco Botanical Gardens and the De Young Museum. We’ll chronicle our daily adventures and favorite pieces in an online literary journal, and we will end the week with an open mic-style reading.


  • $325 by the “Early Bird” deadline of April 19, 2018
  • $375 after April 19, 2018

Ages: Students entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grades in the fall of 2018

Lunch is included!IMG_0805

Instructor: Clarissa Mendiola

Mendiola, Clarissa

Clarissa Mendiola joined SHC in 2013 as the Communications & Marketing Content Specialist. She has a BA in Marketing from the University of San Francisco and an MFA in Writing with a focus in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry from California College of the Arts. She was a 2011 Hedgebrook Writer in Residence and her work can be seen in various journals including As/Us, OmniVerse, Literary Hub, MicroAnthology and The Offending Adam. She enjoys reading, writing, yoga and exploring the City with her husband and two sons.