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 to achieve this by offering a variety of opportunities to engage with fellow members online and in real life, including workshops, story slams, discussion groups, field trips, and writing challenges.

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July 27 – 29: Join 10 other writers for a 3-day 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, or focus on weaving threads of thought into a complete story, but can’t quite make it happen on your own? Do three days in a house without chores and family …

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 to meet your goals while we work to strengthen and enhance your writing. We …

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. Spring series: $250. Includes The Artist’s Way, The Artist’s Way Workbook, 13 meetings, and membership in a private Facebook …

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 May: Things I’m Blind To. Who: Hosted and produced by Bronwyn Emery and a selected member of To Live And Write In Alameda. This month’s emcee is TBD. What: Open …

(Formerly Story Slams) Wine. Nibbles. Neighbors. 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, and even snort laughter. Adult content; leave the kiddies at home. Interested in sharing your work at a …

In this 4-hour workshop, led by Robin Heyden and Marise Phillips, you will learn the basics of successful blogging. From the start, you will roll up your sleeves to write, edit, and publish your first blog post on a commercial platform. In the process of creation we will discuss the related issues of design, content management, editing, permissions, schedule, and building a community around your blog.   This workshop is appropriate for anyone who is interested in starting …

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 the classic vision board, we have scheduled several vision board workshops for adults and one for teens. Glue, paper, scissors — why does anyone need a workshop for this? Because transforming dreams into reality requires a bit more than cut and paste. We chat about …

What’s your teen doing this summer? Binging on Netflix and YouTube? Wearing out the game console? Or just plain sleeping in until right before you get home from work? Give them something better to do. Teens have their own tender and terrifying imaginations–how about letting them figure out how to play with their own stories, instead of following along to someone else’s for a change? To Live and Write WTF labs are interactive workshops where participation, feedback, and the sharing …

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 socialize before and after we write, because that’s how the verbal exchange of moral …

It’s a mini-retreat for writers! Join us for a Late Night Write in your PJs, elbow-to-elbow with other writers, in a safe, comfy, cozy space. Let the writing prompts inspire you, or ignore them completely. Compete in word-sprints, or take your own damn time. This is your chance to get away from the obligations of the real world to escape into the glorious worlds of your imagination — and get that story out of your head.   Late …