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Photograph of the staircase
Activities
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
Activities
Monday, June 25, 2018 - 7:00pm
The American Revolution was morally unjustified
Members Free , Public $5
Activities
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 5:30pm
Last Tuesdays of the Month
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of Charles Fracchia
Meet the Author(s)
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:30pm
With author Charles A. Fracchia
Mechanics' Institute Members FREE, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Members FREE, California Historical Society Members FREE, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-charles-a-fracchia-registration-46126817553
Activities
Thursday, July 05, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of the authors
Meet the Author(s)
Friday, July 06, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members and Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-francisco-neon-survivors-and-lost-icons-registration-46951487162
Activities
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of the authors
Activities
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members & Public Free
Roman Muradov at work
Meet the Author(s)
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 12:00pm
Talk with author Roman Muradov
Members & Public Free
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comfort-lit-litquake-on-doing-nothing-finding-inspiration-in-idleness-with-author-roman-muradov-registration-47274722969
Activities
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Blockchain presentation
Activities
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:30pm
Members Free, Public $15
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grandmaster-hou-yifan-womens-world-chess-champion-registration-46162497272
Activities
Thursday, August 02, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, August 09, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Eric Fraisher Hayes
Activities
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 6:30pm
Visit from Artistic Director Eric Fraisher Hayes and actors from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation/ Tao House
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-charles-a-fracchia-registration-46126817553
Activities
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 12:00pm
Panel discussion with the Women's National Book Association and moderated by Brenda Knight
Members & Public Free
Activities
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, September 06, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of the staircase
Activities
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
Members & Public Free
Activities
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Photograph of a typewriter
Activities
Friday, September 21, 2018 - 12:00pm
with Brigitte Schulze Pilibosian
Members & Public Free
Activities
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Friday, September 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
Members and Public Free
Activities
Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 01, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 08, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
Activities
Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:00am
A member-led writing group
Mechanics' Institute Members Only; Free
Activities
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Members Only - Free
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
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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.