Have you been searching for a place to be yourself,
tell your stories, and know you belong?

Guess what?!?

There’s room for you in To Live & Write … Wherever You Are.

In 2014, I created a new writing community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

All these years later, we’re still going strong. Thanks to the challenges of 2020, we now include members from all over, includingwherever you are.

I thought I was just putting together a small group of local writers I could meet up with in person and keep up with on Facebook. I was happy to begin with three people — two introverts and me. Skip ahead six years and as I write this in my little group’s birthday month, we hover at just under 650 members. We are indeed a growing, thriving community. We touch base in the Facebook group To Live and Write … Wherever You Are and meet in person or online frequently to write together, share our work, and/or discuss the writing life with people who speak our language.

Join the Facebook group to connect with other writers at a weekday Write Along, Tuesday Discussion Group, and Proof of Write three times a week.

To accommodate lurkers as well as writers who engage openly, just about every month I invite members to participate in a challenge designed to establish and reinforce regular writing habits, push productivity, and spark playful creativity. The rotation includes Daily Pages, Flash Lit, Imagine March, Imagine August, and Double Dubs.

Every month also presents an opportunity to share your polished work with an audience. Local Voices is our open mic, Alameda Shorts is our curated lit night, and Lend Me Your Voice is a fun event where we read each others’ work to find out how different readers experience our writing voices.

Want more? How about genre writing groups, like Myths & Magic for writers of fantasy and the paranormal and Memoir for writers of memoir and personal narrative. 

Membership in To Live & Write is free and there’s room for you.

If you believe you have to lead a life worth living to have anything worth writing about, and that you need to write to have a life worth living, you’re one of us.

If you believe honing your craft is a lifetime endeavor and the very thought of all that work sends tingles up and down your spine, we see you.

Whether you have impostor syndrome or you’re proud of your work, or you’re some of both, none of either, and everywhere in between, you’ll fit right in.

In this community, we focus on a shared love of story, celebrate the magic of intercommunication between imaginations, and embrace our growing diversity.

Our intention is to continue to build and sustain a community of writers who identify and acknowledge each others’ challenges and achievements when shared, lend an ear or words of wisdom when needed, and show up for each other when asked.

What sets us apart? We provide each other with old-fashioned moral support in a modern, high-tech world. We keep in Facebook and Zoom, and celebrate each other across social media. We also make sure we have plenty of opportunities to get together in real life to strengthen our connections, build lasting and important friendships, and draft off each others’ creative energy–when it’s safe. We have put real world gatherings on hold for the pandemic and are excited to return to our time together in person when it’s safe.

Look for The Week Ahead posted every weekend in the Facebook group or sign up for the newsletter, Writing Stuff so you, too, can have access to our list of events and activities, which include Discussion Groups, Write Alongs, and many opportunities to share your work.

Happy writing and I hope to see you there!

Are you looking for a place to write in the company of other writers, chat about the writing life and the writing process, share your stories when you’re ready, and develop your creative identity in a supportive, encouraging environment?

If you’ve been looking for a place that features all of the above and happens to be a consistent source of inspiration, motivation, and accountability wrapped up in a pretty chill vibe, guess what!

You have come to the right place! RSVP to let us know you’re going to join us. We look forward to seeing you!

This is where you RSVP for events & activities within the To Live & Write community.

~  August 2021 ~

Elevenses are in-person gatherings to discuss writing and the writing life. Myths & Magic meetings are hybrid discussion/writing sessions for writers of fantasy and the paranormal. Memoir meetings are hybrid discussion/writing sessions for writers of memoir, creative non-fiction, and personal narrative. Elevenses: Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden, Alameda. Zoom meeting ID: 510 205 6986
Write Alongs are for writing in the company of other writers online. Zoom meeting ID: 510 205 6986
Write Alongs are for writing in the company of other writers online. Proof of Writes are for sharing your work for positive feedback. Zoom meeting ID: 510 205 6986
Write Alongs are for writing in the company of other writers online. Zoom meeting ID: 510 205 6986
Write Alongs are for writing in the company of other writers online. Proof of Writes are for sharing your work for positive feedback. Self-Pub Club is for discussing self-publishing options. Lend Me Your Voice is for hearing your work read by another writer and then paying the favor forward for yet another writer. Zoom meeting ID: 510 205 6986
A Writing Retreat is a 4-day getaway to gather in a location far from home to work on your writing project; you provide your own hotel room, transportation, and meals. A Mini-Retreat is a 1-day online gathering to focus on making significant progress on one or more projects of your choice. Zoom meeting ID: 510 205 6986

Membership is free
and there’s room for you!

One thing is certain, I would not be where I am with my writing if I’d not joined To Live & Write. … tonight in Proof of Write, all three participants said my words convey my unique voice! I’m gonna test that theory at Lend Me Your Voice … The point here is that I credit this group with giving me the structure and accountability to find said voice. So thank you again … When the student is ready, the teacher appears. And you have been a godsend.

Libra Kaplan