Community Updates: 


  • CLA is pleased to co-present San José Story Map, a project that will create a digital map showcasing the rich histories and vibrant cultures found in our beloved City of San José. Put your story on the map by registering for a free online workshop.

  • Shoutout and congrats are in order for  Gary Singh author of Silicon Alleys: Selected Metro Columns, 2005-2020. The book hits shelves on Nov. 16. Pre-order today!

  • Check out SJSU Professor Dr. Keenan Norris's interview series "Confinement Chronicles" in which he interviewed scholars about writers (including Tupac Shakur and Ethridge Knight among others) who've experienced confinement and have gone on to write inspiring work. 


The CLA’s mission is to spread the influence of, and interest in, literature throughout the South Bay and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding in the region’s ethnically diverse population through the appreciation of works of literature.

The Center for Literary Arts Craft Lecture Series, now in its first year, brings distinguished writers to SJSU for original talks on craft.

Take some time for your writing while you Shelter in Place.

CLA Writers Workshops challenge writers to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability.