We started in the Castro in 2005 in a ramshackle old house on Sanchez Street, transformed into a shared workspace by founder Doug Wilkins. He was inspired by the famed San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, which had pioneered the concept of a co-working space for writers in the city in 1994.
Doug called this new “grotto” the Sanchez Annex, and over the years it has thrived as a creative hub for dozens of writers. Our work includes literary and commercial novels, local and national journalism, screenplays, young adult fiction, memoirs, travel reporting, and non-fiction books that tackle some of the most compelling issues of the day. Books have become local and national bestsellers, won prestigious national honors, and one author, albeit briefly, was worshipped as the messiah.
There was no divine intervention, however, when San Francisco’s economy boomed and the Sanchez Street location was turned back into much-needed housing. After working in temporary offices, a new location was established on Castro Street in 2014 and renamed The Castro Writers Cooperative, The Coop, founded by Scott James and Shana Mahaffey, two of the original writers from Sanchez Street.
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