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 …

(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 …

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 …