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Activities
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

[CANCELLED] SAVE IT! How to collect and organize family and community life stories

with Basya Petnick

As our elders age and the pace of life in the 21st century quickens, using oral history to preserve family and community memories is more vital than ever. This one-day workshop will help jumpstart your project by focusing on the two most important aspects of oral history projects: the art of the interview and the art and technology of presentation. 

 

MI Members $100
CA Genealogical Society $100
Public $125

Classes
Saturday, May 26, 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, May 27, 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, May 29, 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, May 31, 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, June 02, 2018 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

55th Arthur Stamer Memorial

6 Round Swiss

Members $45
Public $50

Classes
Saturday, June 02, 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 03, 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, June 05, 2018 - 12:00pm

Comfort Lit -- Litquake -- Chasing Mercury: A Novel (Cove International Publishers)

Author September Williams

September Williams’ debut novel is a romance-suspense-memoir that connects human rights, environmental justice and romance.

Members & Public Free

Book Group Meetings - World Literature
Wednesday, June 06, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain.

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

Activities
Thursday, June 07, 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 07, 2018 - 6:30pm

Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Author Richard A. Walker in conversation with journalist Walter Thompson

Walker’s timely book examines San Francisco’s exploding inequality; its millions of underpaid workers; a boiling housing crisis, mass displacement, a delusional tech elite and complicity with the worst in American politics.

Members of Mechanics' Institute Free
Members of California Historical Society Free
Public $15

Activities
Friday, June 08, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Walking San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive

a talk about the book

It's the 80th anniversary of San Francisco's 49 Mile Scenic Drive. Join the authors of this fascinating guidebook for an inspiring program filled with famous sites and the quirky stories they uncovered while walking the entire route. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Members and Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Classes
Saturday, June 09, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

"Aboutness"-- A Workshop for Novelists and Narrative Memoirists

with Sandra Scofield

You can write a narrative all the way to the end and still not be able to say what it is about. Uh-oh. Learn how to capture the essence of a story in a few clear sentences. That analysis becomes a North Star for your character and plot development. It is your way into drafting or revising a story, and it's your way into convincing someone they really should read it.

Members $129
Public $159

Classes
Saturday, June 09, 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 10, 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, June 11, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Devotion of Suspect X

by Keiko Higashino

Yasuko Hanaoka is a divorced, single mother who thought she had finally escaped her abusive ex-husband Togashi. When he shows up one day to extort money from her, threatening both her and her teenaged daughter Misato, the situation quickly escalates into violence...

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

Activities
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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

Topic: TBD

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.

Classes
Thursday, June 14, 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.

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

Activities
Thursday, June 14, 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, June 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Writers' Lunch with David Colin Carr

Begin Your Book at the End: Writing the Back Cover Copy

Stay on course and speed your writing process!

Members & Public Free
More information
No registration required.

Chess Tournaments
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

18th William Addison Memorial

5 Round Swiss — One Day G/40,d5

Members $30
Public $35

Classes
Saturday, June 16, 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.

Activities
Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Annual Bloomsday Celebration

Music, Readings, and Cuisine!

Eat, Drink, Read and Walk on the Wild Side of Dublin right here in our local pub!

Members & Public $10

Classes
Sunday, June 17, 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 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Monsters and Magic in Victorian England

a librarian-led discussion group

Victorian society firmly believed in science and rationalism. Meanwhile, the popular imagination and the arts became obsessed with monsters and magic – things that weren't real.  

...Or were they?

Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free

Activities
Tuesday, June 19, 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, June 20, 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.

Classes
Wednesday, June 20, 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, June 20, 2018 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Like Death

by Guy De Maupassant

Newly returned to Paris after her education is complete, Annette de Guilleroy's parents have put together an excellent match for her. Everything is as it should be — or is it?

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

Activities
Thursday, June 21, 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
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Mergent Intellect

electronic resources at the MI

Discover the breadth of information that can be retrieved using this powerful upgrade of Hoover's basic database offering.

Members Only; Free

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 $169
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.

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.

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.

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
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
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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.

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
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
More information
No registration required.

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
More information
No registration required.

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
More information
No registration required.

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
More information
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.

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
More information
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.