~ VOTING IS OPEN THROUGH MIDNIGHT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 ~ Flash Lit October was all about quick storytelling with minimum editing. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words. It’s harder than it looks, and those who rose to the challenge pulled off some delightfully entertaining stories. Now we need your help finding winning stories. The following members of To …

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 …

Welcome to The MEG. Kick off a year of self-determination and strong writing with 31 days of write-ins, check ins, solid support, friendly competition, and heart-felt celebration — all designed with you and your efforts in mind.  It’s one thing to tell yourself and/or the Universe that you want to make something specific happen with your writing by the end of January. It’s …

Wine. Nibbles. Neighbors. It’s a story time for grown ups! Join us on the third Thursday of every month, January through October, for an evening of storytelling in a popular book store in a bustling downtown, presented by members of To Live and Write in Alameda. This monthly showcase of our literary endeavors has a little something for everyone: Tears, laughter, introspection, inspiration, …

These workshops are open to members and non-members. To Live And Write has a very strong goal setting and tracking component, and since one of the most popular hands-on activities designed to bring your dreams into focus is creating a vision board, we have scheduled several vision board workshops again this year. Glue, paper, scissors — why does anyone need a workshop for this? Because transforming dreams …

In this cross-creativity workshop, we mix writing exercises with mosaics, and, of course, our signature wine, nibbles, and neighbors.   Alameda Art Lab provides the art supplies, I provide the writing prompts, and you bring your notebook, a favorite pen, and your creative spirit.   I’m excited to see what happens when a dash of imagination stimulation meets a splash of good wine …

~We’re gone and back. We had such a great time in such a great house with such a great view that we’ll be doing it again next year. Please join us!~ How does a long weekend in a house within walking distance of the ocean feel, where someone else takes care of the chores and the cooking while you daydream, write, and build …

~Been there, done that, and totally excited to do it again next year. It was awesome! Can you do it?~ Join 10 other writers for a writing retreat in Pollock Pines.  You have a writer in your soul. Do you feed her regularly, or tease her with broken promises? Do you crave time and structure to organize your outline, bridge scenes, develop characters, …

Whether writing is your hobby, your career, or something in between, being part of a group with similar goals and interests is one of the best gifts you can give your writer soul. Each group is designed to be a safe space where you will be encouraged to share your needs and priorities so that together we can set, track, and workshop how …

The Artist’s Way workshops, as presented by To Live and Write in Alameda, stretch across an entire season and are designed to help you reconnect with your creativity. We use Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way Workbook to guide us through her process of returning to that which often gets pushed aside or left behind in our busy lives. $250. Includes The Artist’s Way, …

It’s an open mic without an amplification permit! Come on down to The Local in Alameda on the first Thursday of every month, sign up to read your work, choose from the box of mic-like props, and let loose with your 3-minute take on the theme for January 3: This Thing I Wrote Last Year. Who: Hosted and produced by Bronwyn Emery and a …

Check out the calendar for details. Write-ins. They’re like meet-ups, only better, because you get to get some writing done! Write-Ins are for those among us who like to write in the company of other people but are serious about getting some work done. The rules are: Get your beverage, open to your page, and save the talking for later. We encourage you to …

Join us every Tuesday morning at Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden for a lively discussion about writing (10 a.m. to noon). 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. In winter, join us every Tuesday night …