COLLAGE offers creative, hands-on workshops for adults. Please contact us for schedule information.

Workshop instructors: Valerie Coulton & Ed Smallfield

A two-hour workshop in which you’ll explore a selection of exercises to generate new writing. All writers welcome, all forms and genres encouraged.
Upcoming dates:  November 17th & December 15th. 

Most writing workshops focus on critiquing existing work. We’re excited about offering an on-going workshop that focuses on an earlier step in the process—generating new work. We’ll do a workshop once each month and in each workshop we’ll offer a variety of exercises to generate new writing. We don’t expect a commitment from participants—Collage will send an email each month confirming the date. Participants can use the workshop as kind of on-going practice if that works for them or simply come by once to generate some work. All writers welcome, all forms and all genres encouraged. Max. 6 participants.

VALERIE COULTON is the author of open book, The Cellar Dreamer, passing world pictures, and the lily book. Her work has appeared in Barcelona INK, Front Porch, kadar koli, New American Writing, Parthenon West Review, and e-poema, among other periodicals. Her chapbook small bed & field guide is forthcoming from above/ground press. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and has taught creative writing workshops since 2005.

EDWARD SMALLFIELD is the author of The Pleasures of C and equinox, and the co-author of several collaborative projects, One Hundred Views of Edo (with Doug MacPherson),locate (with Miriam Pirone), and lirio and anonymous (both with Valerie Coulton). His poems have appeared in alice blue, Barcelona INK, bird dog, Calibanonline,, New American Writing, Five Fingers Review, Páginas Rojas, Parthenon West Review, Spotlight, 26, Wicked Alice, and many other magazines and websites. He’s been teaching creative writing for over twenty years, at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and privately.

Workshops will run from 4:00 – 6:00pm, and the fee is 20€ per session. Reservation is required.

with Rafaela Diógenes
11 April – 13 June
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30pm
10 sessions, 180 euros
This 10-week workshop is an introduction to theatre and body expression based on different theater and physical theater techniques. It’s open to adults who want to explore their creativity and expression through theatre games. Anyone who wants to be introduced to this artistic language or who wants to keep practicing some aspects of it in a playful, English-speaking environment is welcome to join this dynamic group!

The classes will consist of creative physical exercises, as well as voice, improvisation and theater games, inspired by different stage techniques.

The participants will have the opportunity to work on a stage composition which will be publicly performed at a final performance at the conclusion of the workshop.


10 April – 29 May
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
8 sessions, 180 euros
Reading for workshop participants: Friday, June 1st, 2018, 9pm
Taught by C. Adán Cabrera 

Students enrolled in this eight-session creative writing workshop will begin by briefly reviewing the craft of writing in the three major genres (poetry, fiction, and nonfiction). The workshop’s main focus will be on student writing, but students will also be encouraged to explore their own creative process and progress by way of optional readings. Our course will be structured using writing exercises and in-depth discussions of student writing. Students will learn how to talk about writing, sharpen their craft, practice active reading, and produce and workshop at least two full-length pieces in whatever genre(s) they choose. Moreover, students will also have the opportunity to publicly read their work at a special COLLAGE reading at the course’s conclusion. This intimate, two-hour workshop is geared toward both beginning writers as well as more experienced writers who want to jumpstart their writing.

12 April – 17 May
Thursdays, 7:15 – 9:15pm
6 sessions, 135 euros
Reading for workshop participants: Friday, June 1st, 2018, 9pm
Taught by C. Adán Cabrera

This workshop is designed for students with experience in creative writing and who ideally have a project in progress (e.g., novel, collection of short stories, chapbook of poetry). Participants will learn how to identify the problematic segments in individual stories/chapters or poems, as well as the book as a whole, and then learn how to revise their work effectively. Students will be asked to submit work on a weekly basis that we will then discuss in great detail, focusing not only on what works in the piece, but also providing feedback on what might be improved or what opportunities were missed. This workshop’s focus is based entirely on student work (with some supplementary readings), and its aim is to analyze, hone, revise and polish original writing. Students should be familiar with the basics of creative writing, but no workshop experience is necessary: this course is a traditional writing workshop for experienced writers. Participants will also have the opportunity to publicly read their work at a special COLLAGE reading at the course’s conclusion.

C. ADÁN CABRERA is the author of the upcoming book of short stories called Books Can Only Take You So Far (Editorial Trance, 2018). Among other publication credits, his writing has appeared in Kweli,BorderSenses,The Acentos Review, Switchback, Being Latino, and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. A 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow, Carlos holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, both with distinction. Originally from Los Angeles, he currently lives and works in Barcelona and is hard at work editing his next collection of short stories, The Last Day of Summer. Visit him online at

8 week workshop, 160€
Two groups:
Mondays, 7:30m-9:30pm: 25 April – 13 June
Thursdays, 11:00am-1:00pm: 28 April – 16 June

What better time of year than Spring to dust off those cameras and open up those eyes big and wide and sign up for a Photography workshop! We are very much looking forward to having Adiva back in Collage to teach another workshop. Adiva Koenigsberg is a professional photographer from NYC ( and her 8-week workshop entitled, Exploring Your Vision+Style will begin at the end of April.

Vision+Style is intended for participants looking to explore their style and vision as a photographer and improve their technical skills. This workshop will be comprised of weekly assignments based on classroom discussions, critiques, and journal writing. The course will culminate with a presentation of participants’ work. This course is intended for students with ANY type of camera, both analog and digital cameras are welcome. Sign up now, space is limited!