Mary Rakow imparts to her students a rare view of the world and the sacredness of language in it. She sets a level of excellence, in both life and writing, that is extraordinary. To participate in a class in which she is the instructor is a privilege.
–Dianne R.


Novelist Mary Rakow, Ph.D. runs every creative writing workshop, conducts each one-to-one session and personally does every step of the editing for publication or self-publication. Her approach is personal, thoughtful, rigorous and encouraging. She is a beloved creative writing teacher. An active, published and award-winning author, she comes to fiction from theology, with an interest in life’s big questions. Established in Los Angeles and brought to San Francisco, her new home, in 2011, she is on the look-out for that serious writer, whether beginning or advanced, whose work she believes holds high literary promise.