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The Grotto is a working community for writers and other creators of contemporary narrative media. We also teach classes and hold special events.
We began in 1994, when writers Po Bronson, Ethan Canin and Ethan Watters rented a six-room flat in a rundown Victorian on San Francisco's upper Market Street, to use exclusively as a workspace. "The rent was intimidating," Po recalls, "and we were on the hook for the whole nugget if we couldn't find some creative types to occupy the other three rooms." They recruited filmmaker David Munro, monologist Josh Kornbluth and freelance writer Tessa Souter, dubbing the space the Grotto in homage to the writing room Po had previously maintained in his basement (a "grotto" being a small cave).
A private workspace without a receptionist.
Except during announced public events, visits are by invitation only.