Currently in full-swing in To Live and Write in Alameda on Facebook within our community of writers, or you can play along on Twitter and Instagram by searching #2LWA for daily word count goals. Once you find the day’s word count goals, pick your lane (you don’t have to stay in it): Easy, Steady, or Crazy. Write that many words or more, then …

The prompt: Young Love.The go time: 12 a.m. Thursday, Feb 28. The deadline: Midnight Thursday, Feb 28. You read that right; you only get 24 hours this time. You got this.The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you …

The prompt: Young Love.The go time: 12 a.m. Monday, Feb 25.The deadline: Midnight Wednesday, Feb 27. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, and polish …

The prompt: The Straight and Narrow.The go time: 12 a.m. Friday, Feb 22.The deadline: Midnight Sunday, Feb 24. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, …

The prompt: Signs of Life. The go time: 12 a.m. Tuesday, Feb 19.The deadline: Midnight Thursday, Feb 21. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, and …

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 go time: 12 a.m. Saturday, Feb 16.The deadline: Midnight Monday, Feb 18. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, …

The prompt: The Hidden Message. The go time: 12 a.m. Wednesday, Feb 13.The deadline: Midnight Friday, Feb 15. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give writers three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, and …

The prompt: The Abandoned Chore. The go time: 12 a.m. Sunday, Feb 10.The deadline: Midnight Tuesday, Feb 12. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, and …

The prompt: The Empty Vessel. The go time: 12 a.m. Thursday, Feb 7.The deadline: Midnight Saturday, Feb 9. The word count: 500 max. Beginning, middle, end, and maybe a twist, all in 500 words or less. It’s harder than it looks, and a good exercise for the creative mind. We give you three days to think about it, sketch out a rough draft, and polish …

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 …

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 …

In step with The Artist’s Way 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 …