Creative Writing

June 10 - 14, 2019 | 9 am to 3 pm

Find 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 22, 2019
  • $375 after April 22, 2019
Ages: Students entering 7th-9th grades in the fall of 2019 

Lunch is included!

Instructor: Clarissa Mendiola
Clarissa Mendiola joined SHC in 2013 and serves as the Communications & Marketing Content Manager. 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, The Offending Adam, and the Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia Anthology from the University of Hawai'i Press. She enjoys reading, writing, yoga and exploring the City with her husband and two sons.

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