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Classes
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

SFDebate: An open forum for discussing the issues of the day

The American Revolution was morally unjustified

Learn the ancient art of rhetoric and verbally explore the issues that are shaping our world with SFDebate, a privately organized, bi-monthly event open to the Mechanics' Institute community.

Members Free
Public $5
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Knit Happens

Last Tuesdays of the Month

Are you a crafty member of the Mechanics’ Institute? Knit happens, but we’d love to see your crochet too!  Bring a project and get to know your fellow Mechanics’ Institute members and staff. Lia, our cataloging librarian and a veteran knitter, will be on hand to help with any difficult projects.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:30pm

Palimpsest: A Man’s Life in San Francisco (Balangero Books)

With author Charles A. Fracchia

In this "coming of age" novel, an older man looks back on his earlier years and yearns for the vitality of that time.

Mechanics' Institute Members FREE
San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Members FREE
California Historical Society Members FREE
Public $15

Classes
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

Become an AUTHORpreneur: Turn Your Book into a Paying Business

with Sam Horn

It's one thing to write a book. It's another thing to turn it into a full or part-time career where you're earning a good living getting paid to do work you love. In this highly interactive workshop, you 'll learn exactly what to do to.

Members $149
Public $189

Classes
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Friday, July 06, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons

Authors and photographers Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan shed new light on the backdrop and the history of the city’s neon signs, with their book, San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons.

Members and Public Free

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 06, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Under the Stars

A circle of resolutely single friends start marrying, in this wonderfully witty and insightful British ensemble comedy.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, July 07, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, July 09, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Kill-Off

by Jim Thompson

Luane Devore's days are numbered. All her neighbors in the declining seaside resort town of Manduwoc want her dead...

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Noises Off...

Under the Stars

Michael Frayne’s fast-paced backstage farce, about a group of actors rehearsing, preparing and performing a bedroom comedy, boasts a star-studded cast.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Elements of the Book Proposal with Andy Ross

In this class we will discuss how to make a compelling proposal.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Siege of Krishnapur

by J. G. Farrell

India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Stumbling Stone: Writing and Publishing a Novel Based on Real Life

Authors Rudi Raab and Julie Freestone will discuss the 25-year journey that led to the publication of their novel Stumbling Stone.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Cameraman (1928)

Under the Stars

Besotted with an office worker at MGM, a photographer seeks to win her heart by becoming a newsreel cameraman.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Charles Bagby Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Making Your Writing Unforgettable: Finding the Literary Voice That Makes Your Readers Keep Turning the Pages with Connie Hale

Connie will explain the idea of literary voice and show you how your own experiments with vocabulary, tone, point of view, and sentence length will make your writing so distinctive that readers have to keep reading.

Members $89
Public $109

Classes
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Comfort Lit - Litquake - On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness with author Roman Muradov

Talk with author Roman Muradov

On July 24, author Roman Muradov will talk about his book, On Doing Nothing: Finding Inspiration in Idleness examines the need for doing less to achieve creativity and happiness. 

Members & Public Free

Activities
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:30pm

Blockchain 101: Cryptocurrencies, Smart contracts and Beyond - All you need to Know! An interactive talk and presentation with MI member ProfessorJohn Villasenor, UCLA

This presentation will provide an overview of the blockchain, including a high-level explanation of how transactions are verified using the collective processing power of a distributed network of computers. 

Members Free
Public $15

CinemaLit Films
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Waiting for Guffman (1996)

Under the Stars

This inspired mockumentary depicts the efforts of a delusional off-off-off-Broadway director to stage an amateur theater production in a Missouri town.

Besotted with an office worker at MGM, a photographer seeks to win her heart by becoming a newsreel cameraman.

Members Free
Public $10 (suggested donation)

Classes
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:00pm

“Everyday Celebrity”: A Personal Branding Workshop

Discover exactly how to unleash your innate star quality and shine. Learn the best marketing secrets from the entertainment world so you can powerfully present yourself like a seasoned celebrity in interviews, networking events, pitches, video presentations, and more. Find the words and the courage to communicate your irresistible offer to publishers, the press, and other key influencers who will help you build your personal brand—and acquire the success you deserve.

Members $149
Public $189

Classes
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

The Siege of Krishnapur

by J. G. Farrell

India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell’s The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, August 04, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 05, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, August 09, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 09, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

How to Become a Competitive Creative: Building a Full-Time Career as a Writer in the Digital Age with Jane Friedman

Before the arrival of the Internet, writers had few options for making a living that didn’t involve working with a publisher or selling more books. Today, there are so many potential paths that most writers are confused about what direction to take.

Members $249
Public $289

Classes
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bloodmoney

by David Ignatius

Someone in Pakistan is killing the members of a new CIA unit trying to buy peace with America’s enemies. It falls to Sophie Marx, a young officer with a big chip on her shoulder, to figure out who’s doing the killing and why.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Wise Blood

by Flannery O’Connor

Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's astonishing first novel, is a classic of twentieth-century literature.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

A Theatrical Evening with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation

Visit from Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes and actors from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation/ Tao House

Join this evening with Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes and actors from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation/ Tao House


Activities
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch -- Epic Reads: Secrets to Crafting Historical Fiction

Panel discussion with the Women's National Book Association and moderated by Brenda Knight

The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter is thrilled to present member writers who have authored highly successful historical (and prehistorical!) novels that readers and reviewers rave about. Learn what role research plays and how to make your scenes, settings, and characters realistic and compulsively readable. Epic Reads will be moderated by WNBA-SF President Brenda Knight. There will be Q&A followed by book signings; bring your notebooks and plenty of questions!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

13th Bernardo Smith Memorial Under 2200

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Litquake Writing Class

Writing Nonfiction Like a Novel with T.J. Stiles

Researching that sprawling nonfiction book project, but finding yourself bogged down in the narrative?

Members $100
Public $105

Classes
Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 02, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 06, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, September 08, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Howard Donnelly Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, September 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 09, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Book Group Meetings - Brown Bag Mystery Readers
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Man Who Liked to Look at Himself

by K.C. Constantine

Mario Balzic and Lt. Harry Minyon of the state police are hunting pheasant at the Rocksburg Rod and Gun Club when, after Minyon's dog bites Balzic, the dog uncovers a piece of human bone that shows signs of having been hacked apart.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Technology Office Hours

Second Thursdays of the Month

If you're looking for one-on-one help with a device, software, email, or a similar tech- or internet-related issue, librarians are happy to help! Reserve a 30-minute appointment to work with a librarian regarding devices and ebook readers, how to make the best use of the Library's online features, how to safely manage social media accounts, and more.

Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Mastering the Emotion-Driven Story with Eric Witchey

Emotion-driven Story is a high-energy seminar class that presents hands-on techniques for touching every reader’s heart. 

Members $169
Public $199

Classes
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

Night Tour of the Mechanics' Institute

If you are a new, long-time, or prospective member the Tour of the Institute will orient you to our building, include an overview of our history and mission, and outline our current services and the benefits of membership.

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
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Classes
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Library Downloads Workshop: eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, eAudiobooks

Third Wednesdays of the Month

The Mechanics' Institute offers thousands of digital titles that you can download to your computer, tablet, or smartphone from anywhere there's an internet connection. Bring your device to this hands-on workshop where you'll set up an account, have your questions answered, and get started downloading eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, and eAudiobooks.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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Activities
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers Lunch: Sasha Pour One More! The adventures of a freelance foreign correspondent

with Brigitte Schulze Pilibosian

Join freelance correspondent turned author Brigitte Schulze Piliboisan for a rousing discussion of the adventures of a journalist in Eastern Europe and starting a publishing house.

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Literary Career with Lyzette Wanzer

It's one thing to write a book. It's another thing to turn it into a full or part-time career where you're earning a good living getting paid to do work you love. In this highly interactive workshop, you 'll learn exactly what to do to.

Members $49
Public $59

Classes
Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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Classes
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

South Asians in the South Bay: The Privileged Immigrants with Jeevan Zutshi

IACF founder Jeevan Zutshi will talk about the South Asian community that has developed in Fremont, San Jose, Palo Alto, and other South Bay towns over the past 30 thirty years.

Members and Public Free
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Classes
Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
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No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th J.J. Dolan Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, October 06, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 07, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

The Journey from Poet to Author

A Workshop with Diane Frank

The theme of this workshop is transforming your poems into a book – the issues, the obstacles, and the joy.

Members $99
Public $119

Classes
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Finding and Working with a Literary Agent

With Andy Ross

This class will lead you through the process of finding the right agent for you.

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Drafting the Perfect Query: A Workshop with Andy Ross

In this class, we will discuss the elements of a good query letter, how to write one that will grab the attention of the agent. 

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Nailing the 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction – Talk and Q&A

With C. S. Lakin

This 2-hour slide talk and discussion will go deep into your concept with a kicker, protagonist with a goal, conflict with high stakes, and theme with a heart. 

Members $39
Public $49

Classes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Workshop Your 4 Essential Pillars of Novel Construction

With C. S. Lakin

In this afternoon session, we’ll dig deep into your four pillars, helping you brainstorm your ideas in small group critique sessions along with instructor feedback.

Members $99
Public $119

Classes
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

47th Carroll Capps Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 04, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Pierre St. Amant Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Teacherless Writing

A member-led writing group

Using the guidelines described in Writing Without Teachers, join this member-led "come as you are" writing group.

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th Guthrie McClain Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, December 01, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 02, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, December 08, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Women

Taught by Ewelina Krubnik

Do you play chess? Do you wish you played chess? Have you played a few times but have been intimidated about playing more? If any of these things apply to you, come to the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco for our free women-only chess classes!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Activities
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Indie Publishing Working Group

The Indie Publishers' Working Group was started by author and editor C J Verburg in response to the rapidly changing landscape of publishing and the diverse needs of Mechanics' Institute member writers. If you're working on a book project and you're curious about independent publishing, or publishing in general, you're welcome to attend.

Members Only - Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, December 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Chess Class for Beginners and Intermediate Players

Taught by International Master Elliott Winslow

Interested in learning the basics of chess? Planning to play in your first tournament? Looking for new opponents, or just want to get back into the game your dad taught you long ago? Then come on down to the Mechanics' Institute, the oldest chess club in the country and sharpen your skills!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.