To Live and Write is a writers support group based on the small island city of Alameda, CA, but we’re open to writers from far and wide. FOR THE DURATION, while the world shelters-in-place, members of the  To Live and Write in Alameda Facebook group are embracing opportunities to meet online several times a day. All times are PST. Zoom meeting IDs are …

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Join us for an evening of journaling in the company of others doing the same. Journaling separately together can be a surprisingly comforting and reassuring situation, and we invite you along for the experience. Pen to Page is a popular first step on the writing journey and a wonderful way to begin reconnecting with creativity. The inspiration that has been dormant and elusive …

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I have this t-shirt. If you can relate, you might want to try my new workshop, Choice Within Change. Life in 2020 keeps changing at a rapid pace, handing us circumstances no one asked for. February was normal, March was not. April was a new normal, May has been about moving out of that new normal. What the hemk is June going to …

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Write Alongs. They’re like meet-ups, only better, because you get to get some writing done, stay connected, and practice social distancing! 7 to 10 p.m. PST Tuesdays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST every other day Write Alongs are for those among us who like to write in the company of other people but are serious about getting some work done. The …

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From Idea to Launch and Beyond This group is made up of people just like you; we have brilliant ideas, an excellent plan, a handful of rough drafts and/or content that’s ready to go, and some kind of block preventing us from just launching already. That’s where we begin: identifying personal blocks and moving them aside so we can make this blog thing …

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Part I: Writing non-fiction (truth) | Part II: Writing fiction (lie) Attendance required for both parts | It’s like a mini-retreat online “Two Truths and a Lie is an exercise in improvisation. It starts when the clock starts ticking and ends up who knows where. Finding one’s truth or a fable along the way is the reward… It’s quick, more fun than expected …

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Join us for Proof of Write / Proof of Life, where you tell us what you got up to during the day on the To Live side of things and then read what you got up to on the and Write side. Up to 4 minutes of your raw work, shared with a group of people in a Zoom meeting who are there to applaud your efforts …

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Who else needs a coping mechanism right now? Who else needs to feel productive? Who else needs a place to vent?? Thank goodness for Daily Pages, our old friend! How’s your writing habit going? Has it fallen away? Become stronger? Not a thing yet? Daily Pages is a wonderful, helpful journaling process that has served many writers and creatives at all different levels …

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Join us for a lively discussion about writing and the writing life. We talk about what it feels like to be a writer on a good day, what it feels like on a bad day, and what it feels like to hang out with people who get it. We explore writer’s block, the illusive muse, and the challenges of carving time out of a busy day …

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It’s July. Have you established your daily writing habit yet? Yes? Then you’re going to love the easy-breezy-ness of this challenge. No? Then you’re going to love this gentle, life-affirming, structured return to regular writing.  Daily Pages is our loose, loose, very loose interpretation of Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages from The Artist’s Way. The principles are the same: Write three pages by hand every …

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Welcome to The Month of Extraordinary Goals in August, 2020. But what the hekk is this MEG thing? Inspiration. Motivation. Accountability. People who care. In a nutshell, The MEG (Month of Extraordinary Goals) is a small, interactive group of writers who come together to focus on individual projects with 4-week deadlines. Throw in a writing and creativity coach (hey! that’s me!) and six …

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Welcome to The Month of Extraordinary Goals in July, 2020. Special focus: Staying focused on a specific goal or intention while we adjust to reopening the world. But what the hemk is it? Inspiration. Motivation. Accountability. People who care. In a nutshell, The MEG (Month of Extraordinary Goals) is a small, interactive group of writers who come together to focus on individual projects …

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June Challenge: Flash Lit EDIT Hello writers, poets, and storytellers! Welcome to Flash Lit June. Three times a year, in February, June, and October, we get a little competitive around here. Across the month, I post a prompt and give you three days to write the story, poem, narrative non-fiction — whatever floats your boat. You work your magic in up to 500 …

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Welcome to The Month of Extraordinary Goals in June, 2020. Special focus: Staying focused on a specific goal or intention while we adjust to reopening the world. But what the hemk is it?Inspiration. Motivation. Accountability. People who care. In a nutshell, The MEG (Month of Extraordinary Goals) involves a small group of writers focused on individual projects with 4-week deadlines. Throw in a …

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Join us for a fun hour of online improvisation! *** Improv for Writers will help you:• Think on your feet and add spontaneity to your writing (no editing!)• Stretch your imagination (make stuff up!)• Learn to make and love mistakes (it’s ok!)• Sharpen your performance skills (calm those nerves for public readings!)• Have fun! (so much fun!)• Yes! And! (you’ll get it!) You …

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