About Us

What is the Escapery?

The Escapery is your friendly Bay Area Writing Unschool. We offer adventures for writers 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.

If you are looking for Wayward Writers, welcome! The Escapery continues in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wayward Writers has sailed to San Diego and beyond, we love what they’re doing out there, go say hi!

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 FRiGG, Gone LawnTahoma 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. Two of her flash fiction stories were nominated for the Braddock Avenue Books 2017 Best Small Fictions anthology.

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.

Ploi PhotoPloi Pirapokin is featured in the Apogee Journal, Tor.com, the Bellingham Review, Fiction InternationalGriffith Review, HYPHEN Magazine, Asia Literary Review, the Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong, and Transfer Magazine. Winner of the 2014 Leo Litwak award in fiction, a 2015 Finalist for the Summer Literary Seminar Unified Literary contest, she has also received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center, Brush Creek Foundation, Kundiman, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Willapa Bay AIR, and Writers on Writing Workshop at Tomales Bay. She has been a writer-in-residence at Hambidge, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. She holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from the University of San Diego and a Masters of Fine Arts in fiction from San Francisco State University where she taught creative writing as an adjunct professor, and at the Emerging Writers Institute at Brown University. She is a recipient of a 2017 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Grant.

JezebelJezebel Delilah X is a queer, lush-bodied, Black, femme performance artist, writer, actress, filmmaker, educator, facilitator, orator and Faerie Queen Mermaid Gangsta for The Revolution. She loves to flirt, laugh, perform, crack corny jokes, and insert Octavia Butler references into every conversation. She is a Co-Managing Editor for Everyday Feminism; co-host of the queer/feminist Open Mic, Culture Fuck; Artistic Director of queer, Black, multi-disciplinary performance troupe, Congregation of Liberation (recently produced play Black Don’t Crack); and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She has performed in a wide variety of Queer and Queer People Of Color theatre projects and cabarets, and has been a featured reader at literary events all over the Bay Area. She uses a combination of memoir, poetry, theatre, and feminist storytelling to advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, community accountability, critical reflection, love, healing, and liberation. She has an MFA in Creative Writing.

celeste-chanCeleste Chan is a queer artist, activist, writer, and filmmaker, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. Chan’s work has appeared in AWAY, Citron Review, cream city review, Feminist Wire, Hyphen, and The Rumpus. She has work in the anthologies, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBT Voices, and Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy. She’s received fellowships and residencies from Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary, VONA, LIMINAL, SAFEHouse, and SF Writer’s Grotto. Her films have screened in festivals including CAAMFest, OUTSider, MIX NYC, Entzaubert, Queeristan, Korea Queer Film Festival, Imperfectu, and beyond. In addition to her own practice, Chan curates, collaborates, and creates platforms to amplify fellow artists. Alongside KB Boyce, she directs Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. She’s a contributing editor to Foglifter, a new literary journal of queer form & content. Current projects include: Writing Rainbow: A QTPOC FREE SCHOOL with Queer Rebels (2016-17), DIY  Art School (The Artists Formerly Known as DIY MFA), and ART Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl, a feature documentary with collaborator Elliat Graney-Saucke.