Jack Grapes Method Writing Program

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 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.

Location of classes:

The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street, San Francisco, CA

In the heart of North Beach—San Francisco's Most Famous Literary Neighborhood

Sessions: 8

Course Fee:$395
Each course is limited to 12 seats.
Space in the class is held with a non-refundable $100 deposit.

Class 1:Tuesday nights, 6:30pm – 9pm
Sept 17 – Nov 12, 2013
*We skip the week of Oct 15 for Litquake

Class 2:Wednesday nights, 6:30pm – 9pm
Sept 18 – Nov 13, 2013
*We skip the week of Oct 16 for Litquake

Instructor Bio:

Alexandra Kostoulas is an award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, and journalism. She received her MFA in English & Creative Writing from Mills College, and a BA in Literature & Creative Writing from College of Creative Studies at UCSB.  She was a longtime student of Jack Grapes' Method Writing Program and one of the selected few authorized by Grapes to teach his technique.

Email Alexandra to sign up:  alexandra@methodwritingsf.com