Bonnie Tsui & other Writers Grotto members

host an interactive party/workshop inaugurating a new series for writers: LIT STARTS. Writing Action is the focus of this evening, with Foreword author Bonnie Tsui reading and guiding a prompt-and-response session.

To reserve your seat, please purchase any of the four LIT STARTS books listed below by speaking to a bookseller or clicking on the covers below. Bring a writing instrument and your creative juices!

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Writing Action kicks off with a foreword by award-winning author and journalist Bonnie Tsui, who offers pointers for creating page-turning prose. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to explore how both high-stakes and low-key moments can be action-packed. Among other ideas, you'll be asked to write an account of:

  • a highly competitive game of hopscotch 

  • an orange being peeled as if it were the last one on earth 

  • a car ride with an overly confident student driver 

  • a meal prepared by a cook who is really depressed 

  • the step-by-step process of opening a long-awaited piece of mail 

Perfectly sized to take to a café, on vacation, or on your morning commute, this book is designed for practicing your creative writing a little bit at a time.

The San Francisco-based Writers Grotto is comprised of more than one hundred professional writers, including journalists and novelists, podcasters and poets, comedians and filmmakers, playwrights and publishers. Since its founding in 1994, members have written New York Times bestsellers, feature films, and television series, and have won everything from Pushcarts to Pulitzers. Bonnie Tsui is a longtime contributor to the New York Times and the author of American Chinatown. Visit her at

Event address: 
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
Writing Action (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts By San Francisco Writers' Grotto, Bonnie Tsui (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419738302
Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019

Writing Humor (Lit Starts): A Book of Writing Prompts By San Francisco Writers' Grotto, Chris Colin (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419738333
Availability: Backordered
Published: Abrams Noterie - September 10th, 2019