Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts

Join us at CCLA located across from the Art Bar & Cafe at the Tannery Arts Center, home to over 100 artists and 38 artist studios. Enjoy the cozy, creative environment of CCLA while participating in workshops led by local writers, artists, poets, and more! Explore new artistic forms, revitalize old pieces, and work with fellow creatives in a personal, nurturing setting, guided by knowledgeable instructors.

The Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts offers a variety of course topics and lengths. Weekend workshops will be held in the mornings or afternoons during one-time three or six hour sessions. For a more in-depth workshop experience, CCLA also hosts four and eight week classes that meet once a week for two hour sessions. All meetings are held at the Tannery Arts Center, 1050 River St, studio #118 in Santa Cruz.

About Our Classes

"How often do you get to hang out with a great artist who will walk you through making your own first work? Especially an artist who's so happy to share their experience and help you along without being too critical."       -Participant at Sam Amico's Typesetting & Cognitive Writing Workshop

CCLA offers workshops for writers and artists at all levels. Whether you're halfway through the next great American novel or have yet to pick up a pen, the Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts has workshops to help you improve your craft and connect you with others who share your passion.

4 Weeks, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
A four week series is $175 for subscribers / $195 for non-subscribers,


For more information on our courses email your questions to


Classes are offered in the spring and fall.

Registration for our Fall 2018

classes will open in August