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The California Genealogical Society and Library is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that seeks to aid, educate and encourage research in family history. CGS was founded February 12, 1898 in San Francisco, and is presently located in Oakland,... more
The 101-year-old California Writers Club (CWC) hosts a number of programs and events throughout the state. The CWC, Berkeley Branch, is the founding branch.  It offers meetings, critique/Support groups, and special events in... more
A most radical brick and mortar comic book store!  Cape & Cowl Comics is your comic book store in downtown Oakland. Located in Downtown Oakland, near Frank Ogawa Plaza and the 19th street BART station. more
Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make Believe is Oakland's only youth writing center fronted by the world's only magical bureaucracy. We provide free in-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, and publishing opportunities for K-12 students in Oak... more
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We are a high-quality independent neighborhood bookstores celebrating a California urban aesthetic and a cosmopolitan gathering point for those who love good writing. We used to be DIESEL, A Bookstore. Now, as East Bay Booksellers, we continue the lo... more
Make space in your life for what really matters: passion, beauty, finding some way to articulate the whole terrible, amazing journey of life on earth. "We must insist while there is still time." — Jack Gilbert. Take your poetry to the next leve... more
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LAKESHORE WRITERS offers Creative Writing Workshops designed to motivate, inspire and support writers in all genres. Workshops and classes are offered throughout the year -- Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall -- in eight week sessions. Manuscript... more
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Named after the famous civil rights leader, this bookstore is dedicated to the education, history, and future of African Americans. The store features children's books, for storytelling and educational books used in school, and also literary books th... more
Our Fruitvale, Oakland, location—home of the original Nomadic Press Salon—is now open for co-working! Our sun, book, and plant-filled workspace will offer you just the right mix of peace, quiet, and warmth to get your work done in a comfy... more
Rockridge Branch has approximately 75,000 books, compact disks, DVDs, audio books, video games, and magazines and newspapers for all ages. Circulating materials are largely of popular interest, with a strong emphasis on practical how-to topics and fi... more
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The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. We also offer many other special services for residents of Oakland. The Golden Gate branch has a collection of approximately 35,000 items... more
Located between downtown and Lake Merritt, Oakland's Main Library is one of the largest public library facilities in the Bay Area. In addition to large collections of over 350,000 reference and circulating non-fiction and fiction books, the Main Libr... more
The Octopus is a literary salon of the 21st Century encouraging the social interaction of readers, writers, & performers of all ages. more
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This workshop uses Pat Schneider's approach (the Amherst Writers & Artists method) to create a safe, supportive and healthy writing community for people of all ages, backgrounds, genre interests and skill levels. We meet and write together onc... more
This group is for emerging and established writers who focus on themes of femininity.  We meet once a week.  This is a new group with aspirations of becoming a monthly, home-based, reading series. more
  Powerful writing comes naturally when the mind is energized and experimental, when it can take risks and follow the unexpected wherever it leads. The Opening is a place for writing that e... more
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In The Head Doctor show, we derive pleasure from the feel good effects of positive words and public displays of affection. This is a love show unlike any in contemporary entertainment. You will become an active insider in this experime... more
THE WORD PARTY is a resource for writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, journal-keepers, poets, dramatists, songwriters, comedians--anyone who enjoys writing and creativity.  Loosely based on the work of Julia Cameron (“The Artis... more
A bookstore, event space, small press, and community arts hub in downtown Oakland. more
At the intersection of trauma and desire -- writing workshops with facilitator Jen Cross.  Writing Ourselves Whole writing groups encourage risk-taking, the expression of joy, and the manifestation of artistic vision, which in turn support indi... more
Writing Ourselves Whole groups use transformative writing practice in community to restore individual trauma experience and reconnect those parts of ourselves we are trained to hide. Through writing together and offering one another deep generosit... more