About Us

What is the Escapery?

The Escapery is your friendly Bay Area Art and Writing Unschool. We offer adventures for writers and artists at all levels in the spirit of art and play: a friendly place to write, a place to study the structure and craft of stories/poems/novels, a place to build community around the work of writing and art making.

Our Mission

In this melting ice cap we call our artistic home, we are committed to staying here and keeping San Francisco/ Oakland here. For us, that means more writers, more stories, more poems, more people making art. More celebrating one another’s victories and storming the gates together. For now, we offer workshops, but we have schemes and dreams and sunshiney beams. Our first public reading was in Oakland in early November 2015. And we can’t wait to bring more. We stand in solidarity with the USC Dropout class of 2015 and their call for ideas, not for the creation of new institutions, but for “devising new spaces for collective weirdness and joy.” This is ours. Welcome!


Our Workshop Facilitators

Selp portrait wiht skullCarson Beker is a San Francisco-based writer, playwright, storyteller, and actor with an MFA and MA from SFSU. She has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, 826 Valencia, and around San Francisco. She is the former Fiction Editor of Fourteen Hills and was co-founder of Wayward Writers and The Escapery. Her work has appeared in Foglifter, Gigantic SequinsSparkle + Blink, Transfer Magazine, Bourbon Penn, and the anthology By The Bay. She is proud to have told stories at Radar’s Hella Close, Red Light Lit, and Quiet Lightning. Her play Sunflower Suicide Moon, a Jim Highsmith second-place awardee, was performed at Z-Space in 2015. Her play Brizo was performed at the Olympians Festival in November 2015. Her workshops have been known to include crayolas, acting, maps, field trips, Dracula, and a whole lot of writing. She is a 2016 Lamdba Literary Resident in Fiction and is a recipient of a 2016 Tin House workshop scholarship.


Nancy Au.head shotNancy Au is an Oakland-based writer. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, and has an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University (SFSU). She taught creative writing at SFSU, and teaches creative writing (in the biology department!) at California State University Stanislaus, and is co-founder of The Escapery. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Mary: A Journal of New Writing, FRiGG, Gone Lawn, Tahoma Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, Pithead Chapel, The Pinch, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Beloit Fiction JournalThe Forge Literary Magazine, Typehouse Literary MagazineFlapperhouse, Midnight BreakfastFoglifter JournalLiminal StoriesSmokeLong QuarterlyThe Journal of Compressed Creative ArtsNecessary FictionFiction SoutheastWord Riot, Identity Theory, Prick of the Spindle,  and elsewhere. Three of her stories are nominated for the Best Small Fictions and Best of the Net anthologies.


Kat PictureKathryn Kruse received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She holds a BA in English with a certificate in Creative Writing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at UNLV she taught writing, ran collaborative art project, acted as the coordinator for the writing program, and founded and curated the NeonLit reading series. She believes deeply that writers need communities and artistic partnership to succeed. Her work is published, among other places, in Indiana ReviewThe Manchester Review, I Hope You’re Feeling Better Collaborative Exhibition and The Adirondack Review.


Haldane King.pngHaldane C. King is the curator, emcee, and coordinator for a new literary reading series hosted in Oakland’s fabulous Octopus Literary Salon. He earned his Master of the Fine Arts degree in Writing and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012.  Since then he has been presenting his fantasy and science fiction tales at local readings while working on a collection of short stories. He currently works as a data analyst and helps bring literature to the people with the Why There Are Words Literary organization.



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Diane Glazman is an award-winning photographer and writer, as well as a successful developmental editor. Her written work — both fiction and nonfiction — has appeared in numerous publications including VICE LGBTQ, Calyx Journal, the NonBinary Review, Blood + Milk, and sparkle and blink. She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State University. While at SFSU, she was a Student Artist-in-Residence at Recology (aka: the San Francisco Dump), for which she created a gallery show of visual and text-based artwork constructed from recycled and repurposed items brought to the dump’s public disposal area. As a freelance writer, she has written on an eclectic range of topics including LGBTQ issues, sexuality, finance, travel, health, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Holocaust survivors, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository. In her editing work, she combines a unique skill set as a writer, editor and creative writing teacher. Her clients include New York Times bestsellers and Amazon top sellers. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a volunteer with the National Park Service’s Mounted Patrol in the Marin Headlands.