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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

March 28: 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 …

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 …

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 …