Join us for a quick and dirty dive into the pleasure pool of hiding personal narratives in fiction. First we write our personal truth, twice, in narrative non-fiction form. We pull true-to-memory thoughts, feelings, and experiences from real life and put them on paper. Then we dig around to uncover the larger human truths within. Once the two truths have been identified, we …

Using Ancient Story Structure To Crack Bestselling Genres. We’ve all heard about the Hero’s Journey, but how often do we hear about the Heroine’s Journey? It’s not about the gender of the protagonist, but about the tropes and archetypes that form the foundation of your story. Take control of your craft by delving behind the scenes for hidden messages. Learn hacks and tips …

Day 1: Writing narrative non-fiction | Day 2: Writing fiction Attendance required both days of each lab. We dare you to tell the truth with us, to gently explore the complex ideas and simple stories that make up your self, and to visit or revisit what is truly interesting and maybe a little daring about you. Saturday morning is all about narrative non-fiction …

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. Our objective is to build a sustainable community of writers and kindred spirits who actively support and encourage each other through the ups and downs of chasing the muse and honing our craft. We are able …

The prompt: Signs of Life. The deadline: Midnight Thursday, Feb 21. The word count: 500 max. How to submit your lit: You’re going to need a blog for this. If you don’t have one already, throw one up on WordPress or wherever and drop your link in the comments or join To Live and Write in Alameda on Facebook and drop it there. It …

May 2-5. Get away with us to enjoy spring in Columbia, one of the very cool towns nestled into the California side of the Sierra Nevada foothills. This expedition to the Mother Lode is intended for serious writing, so bring your laptop, your notebooks, and your productive intentions. How often to you fantasize about going off for a weekend to knock out a …

The prompt: Footprints in the Sand. The deadline: Midnight Monday, Feb 18. The word count: 500 max. How to submit your lit: You’re going to need a blog for this. If you don’t have one already, throw one up on WordPress or wherever and drop your link in the comments or join To Live and Write in Alameda on Facebook and drop it there. …

The prompt: The Hidden Message. The deadline: Midnight Friday, Feb 15. The word count: 500 max. How to submit your lit: You’re going to need a blog for this. If you don’t have one already, throw one up on WordPress or wherever and drop your link in the comments or join To Live and Write in Alameda on Facebook and drop it there. It …

The prompt: The Abandoned Chore. The deadline: Midnight Tuesday, Feb 12. The word count: 500 max. How to submit your lit: You’re going to need a blog for this. If you don’t have one already, throw one up on WordPress or wherever and drop your link in the comments or join To Live and Write in Alameda on Facebook and drop it there. It …

The prompt: The Empty Vessel. The deadline: Midnight Saturday, Feb 9. The word count: 500 max. How to submit your lit: You’re going to need a blog for this. If you don’t have one already, throw one up on WordPress or wherever and drop your link in the comments or join To Live and Write in Alameda on Facebook and drop it there. It …

The prompt: The Corner Park. The go time: 12:01 a.m. Monday, Feb 4The deadline: Midnight Wednesday, Feb 6. The word count: 500 max. The stories: Heidi Benson Stagg Roberta Anne Robertson Philip Dangler Sam DeLaune Paul Corman-Roberts Olivia Brannan Flash Lit Feb is all about quick storytelling with minimum editing. Be it poetry, prose, stream of consciousness, or cartoons, just have fun with the …

The prompt: In A Tight SpotThe go time: 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb 1The deadline: Midnight Sunday, Feb 3The word count: 500 max The stories: : Ruth Gewing Sam DeLaune Roberta Anne Robertson Heidi Benson Stagg Paul Corman-Roberts Olivia Brannan Flash Lit Feb is all about quick storytelling with minimum editing. Be it poetry, prose, stream of consciousness, or cartoons, just have fun with the …

Join us for an evening of journaling in the company of others doing the same. It can be a surprisingly comforting and reassuring situation, and we invite you along for the experience. Newbies and life-long journalers welcome. I’ll be on hand to guide those who want it with prompts, direction, and a little structure. Or, you can pop the earbuds in, tune me …

For lovers, strangers, and best friends: A fun night of clever card making just in time for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, that awesome person’s birthday, unforgettable anniversaries, and the upcoming wedding season. Craft Party by Hank provides the supplies, inspiration, and guidance. To Live & Write provides the writing portion of the evening. By the end of this very cool workshop, you will …

March 15-18. Imagine yourself on the upper level of Amtrak’s California Zephyr as she winds her way across the Sierra Nevadas, snow covered mountains and majestic pines parading past your window. You’re in the company of other writers who are equally intent, equally invested in their writing, and happy to share the ride and the snacks. Our skills and experience vary, as do …

Days 1 & 2: Narrative Non-Fiction | Day 3: Fiction We dare you to tell the truth with us, to gently explore the complex ideas and simple stories that make up your self, and to visit or revisit what is truly interesting and maybe a little daring about you. This is the narrative non-fiction part of the game. Then we dare you to take what is real and make it …