Imagine yourself on the upper level of Amtrak’s California Zephyr as she winds her way across the Sierra Nevadas to Reno, November snow dusting the mountain tops and majestic pines parading past your window as you compose the opening scenes of your NaNoWriMo novel. Doesn’t it sound like a dream to your writer soul? Last year, a group of writers just like you …

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 …

Your prompt: The Approaching Crowd. Your deadline: midnight, Oct 24. You get 500 words. If you can’t do this one, wait three days. You can join in any time. But we’re getting close to the finish line here; wait too long and you might miss out. Every three days, I post a new prompt and you write the story. Or poem. Or blog …

Your prompt: Fort Awsome (sic). Your deadline: midnight, Oct 21. You get 500 words.  If you can’t do this one, wait three days. You can join in any time. But we’re getting close to the finish line here; wait too long and you might miss out.  Every three days, I post a new prompt and you write the story. Or poem. Or blog …

Your prompt: Memorial Bench. Your deadline: midnight, Oct 18. You get 500 words. ~ CLOSED ~ Are you ready to play along yet? If you can’t do this one, wait three days. or scroll through the home page for the next prompt. You can join in any time.  Every three days, I post a new prompt and you write the story. Or poem. …

Your prompt: Behind the Gate. Your deadline: midnight, Oct 15. You get 500 words. ~ CLOSED ~ Itching to write your Flash Lit? Scroll through the home page for the next prompt. You can join in any time.  Every three days, I post a new prompt and you write the story. Or poem. Or blog post or narrative non-fiction piece — the choice …

Your prompt: Found on the Street. Your deadline: midnight, Oct 12. You get 500 words. ~ CLOSED ~ We’re four prompts in to Flash Lit October and stacking up some fun, twisted, sexy tales. Got any of your own to share?  Every three days, I post a new prompt and you write the story. Or poem. Or blog post or narrative non-fiction piece …

Your prompt: New Neighbor. Your deadline: midnight, Oct 9. You get 500 words. ~ CLOSED ~ It’s Flash Lit October and we’re waiting for you to jump in. I post the prompt and word count, you write the story. At the end of the month, members of To Live and Write in Alameda vote for their favorites. Of course we have awards and prizes! You …

Your prompt: Spider in the Shower. Your deadline: midnight, Oct 6. You get 500 words. ~ CLOSED ~ Did you miss your second chance to play along? There’s still time. It’s Flash Lit October and we’ve got more themes coming up. I post the prompt and word count, you write the story. At the end of the month, members of To Live and Write …

Your prompt: That Ain’t Right. Your deadline: Midnight, October 3. You get 500 words.  ~ CLOSED ~ Welcome to Flash Lit October! I post the prompt and word count, you write the story. At the end of the month, members of To Live and Write in Alameda vote for their favorites. Of course we have awards and prizes!You know you want to try your …

~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 November: A Thing I Wrote Last Month. Who: Hosted and produced by Bronwyn Emery and a …

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, …