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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. FOR THE DURATION, while the world shelters-in-place, members of the  To Live and Write … Wherever You Are Facebook group are embracing opportunities to meet online several times a day–although we have cut back now that …

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Hashtag: Micro Writing Retreats

Friday mornings through the end of 2020 (except on holidays), you can do good while you write bad for an hour. Come bitch in writing about what’s trending this week in the news and across social media. Some examples: The pandemic. Distance learning. Distance teaching. Schools reopening. Schools reclosing. People who go the wrong way in the grocery store. The Kardashians going off …

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ONLINE Mini Retreats

Every third Saturday of the month: Join us for a day focused on you, your creativity, and making significant progress on your wanna-get-it-done project. Why give up a Saturday for this? Because it works and you are worth it. It feels sooooo good to spend the day immersed in writing and creating. It feels sooooo good to wrap up the day having occupied …

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Pen to Page: Guided Journaling

Returning in December: Join a small group of people who gather online to indulge in the self-care art of journaling. Once, twice, three, or all four sessions a month, journaling separately together can be surprisingly comforting, life-affirming, and reassuring – even online – and we invite you along for the experience. Pen to Page is a popular first step on your writing journey …

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ONLINE WORKSHOP Choice Within Change

I have this t-shirt. If you can relate, you might want to try my new workshop, Choice Within Change. Life in 2020 keeps changing at a rapid pace, handing us circumstances no one asked for. February was normal, March was not. April was a new normal, May has been about moving out of that new normal. What the hemk is June going to …

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ONLINE ACTIVITY NaNoWriMo-Focused Write Alongs

Are you trying your hand at writing a novel in November? So are quite a few of the members of our writing community, To Live & Write … Wherever You Are. To help facilitate time, space, and energy for us to write 50,000 words in 30 days, we have added NaNoWriMo-focused Write Alongs to our schedule of regular Write Alongs. What’s the difference? …

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FRIDAY GROUP FORMING NOW — ONLINE WORKSHOP — Launch Your Blog in 3, 2, 1 …

From Idea to Launch and Beyond This group is made up of people just like you; we have brilliant ideas, an excellent plan, a handful of rough drafts and/or content that’s ready to go, and some kind of block preventing us from just launching already. That’s where we begin: identifying personal blocks and moving them aside so we can make this blog thing …

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ONLINE WORKSHOP Two Truths & A Lie ~Writing Lab~

Part I: Writing non-fiction (truth) | Part II: Writing fiction (lie) Attendance required for both parts | Exclusively online for the duration “Two Truths and a Lie is an exercise in improvisation. It starts when the clock starts ticking and ends up who knows where. Finding one’s truth or a fable along the way is the reward… It’s quick, more fun than expected …

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ONLINE ACTIVITY Proof Of Write

Join us for Proof of Write / Proof of Life, where you tell us what you got up to during the day on the To Live side of things and then read what you got up to on the and Write side. Up to 4 minutes of your raw work, shared with a group of people in a Zoom meeting who are there to applaud your efforts …

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WRITING PRACTICE Daily Pages

Who else needs a coping mechanism right now? Who else needs to feel productive? Who else needs a place to vent?? Thank goodness for Daily Pages, our old friend! How’s your writing habit going? Has it fallen away? Become stronger? Not a thing yet? Daily Pages is a wonderful, helpful journaling process that has served many writers and creatives at all different levels …

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ONLINE ACTIVITY Discussion Group

Join us for a lively discussion about writing and the writing life. 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. We explore writer’s block, the illusive muse, and the challenges of carving time out of a busy day …

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JULY CHALLENGE: Daily Pages

It’s July. Have you established your daily writing habit yet? Yes? Then you’re going to love the easy-breezy-ness of this challenge. No? Then you’re going to love this gentle, life-affirming, structured return to regular writing.  Daily Pages is our loose, loose, very loose interpretation of Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages from The Artist’s Way. The principles are the same: Write three pages by hand every …

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ONLINE GOAL SETTERS: The MEG

Welcome to The Month of Extraordinary Goals, new groups forming every month through the end of 2020. The Month of Extraordinary Goals, or The MEG (as we call it in To Live & Write), is an opportunity to prioritize one project or intention in your life and make serious progress. I take you from someday to today, from I will to I am, …

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ONLINE WORKSHOP Improv for Writers

Join us for a fun hour of online improvisation! *** Improv for Writers will help you:• Think on your feet and add spontaneity to your writing (no editing!)• Stretch your imagination (make stuff up!)• Learn to make and love mistakes (it’s ok!)• Sharpen your performance skills (calm those nerves for public readings!)• Have fun! (so much fun!)• Yes! And! (you’ll get it!) You …

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ONLINE LIT NIGHT Alameda Shorts

Wine. Nibbles. Neighbors in video windows. It’s a story time for grown ups! FOR THE DURATION of Shelter-In-Place, Alameda Shorts will be presented online in private Zoom meetings. Please send an RSVP email to info@toliveandwrite.org for the password or join To Live and Write … Wherever You Are on Facebook. Join us for an evening if curated stories written and presented by members of …

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