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 April’s theme: Things I Broke. Who: Hosted and produced by Bronwyn Emery and a selected member of To Live And Write In Alameda. Our May MC is Robin Heyden. 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 …

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 …

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. …

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 at The Local for an after dark discussion–same topic, different group of writers …

  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 …