Janis Cooke Newman had taught writing in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than fifteen years. She has been on staff at the Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, the Lit Camp writers conference, and at the Book Passage Travel Writers Conference. She has taught at Book Passage and at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Currently, she teaches private classes by invitation only.

Janis Cooke Newman is the founder of Grotto Classes, the writing class program at the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Grotto Classes began under her leadership in late 2008 with four classes. It has grown into a program that includes more than fifteen classes/week, plus weekend workshops. Janis expanded the program to include public readings for the Grotto Classes students at the end of each of the four sessions at Book Passage.