Sudden Writing!

Wanting to write but lacking ideas? Are you experiencing writer’s block and just need something to get you jumpstarted again? Do you like a challenge, the thrill of writing spontaneously? If so, this meetup is for you.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Once the meetup is underway, the host will have someone choose a prompt blindly from several prompts being offered. This prompt will be read aloud to the group and placed somewhere within easy reach for reference.
  • Participants will then write as directed or suggested by the prompt for one hour.
  • Once the hour is up, interested participants may read their work if they’d like to. This is completely voluntary, however you may experience a little gentle peer pressure. :)

That’s it! From there you can do with it what you will: file it away for later, develop it into a full-blown story, take it in a direction not suggested by the prompt, and of course maybe submit it to one of the writing workshops (hint, hint!).

Curious about what the prompts might be? I’ve included the one from our first Sudden Writing meetup below, although the format of each prompt may vary in its direction.

Prompt: You return to your hometown after more than a decade and learn that the house you grew up in has been condemned as the result of a violent murder.

If you have an idea for a prompt, please send it to the host for inclusion in the ‘bag’ of prompts we randomly select from. The host reserves the right to tweak your prompt idea.

One final note:
If you RSVP Yes and then find you can’t attend prior to the meetup, please take the time to change your RSVP to No, or contact the host privately or through the comments section to express your regrets. This is to ensure people who are automatically waitlisted can attend and it helps the host in gathering enough tables and chairs to seat everyone who RSVPed Yes. This meetup occurs in a freely and kindly provided public space that isn’t reserved to us exclusively, so please be respectful of your host, the venue and their other customers who might be looking for a seat by being thoughtful in letting the host know if you can’t attend as you’d hoped to.

Also, please be aware that the host cannot guarantee electrical outlets, or enough of them, will be nearby to where the meetup occurs. Please plan ahead and/or consider ‘kicking it old school’ and bringing a pen and paper to write with, even as a back-up.

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  • gia c.

    So fun...
    I think doing shorter ones is even more fun- like 15 minutes.

    August 5, 2013

  • Timothy M.

    Had a great gathering (small groups show up in the summer, please change RSVPs!), very insightful and interesting pieces. As usual, everyone took the prompt and wrote in very different directions--always my favorite event! Everyone today was great, thanks for coming!

    August 4, 2013

  • Jackie

    Wound up in a slightly expensive parking deck the last time. Does anyone have a suggestion for parking near Crema?

    July 29, 2013

    • elizabeth

      you can find a spot on the street, where parking is free on sundays. try over near the ocean gateway terminal/ india & commercial st intersection area.

      July 29, 2013

    • Jackie


      July 29, 2013

  • Susan D.

    just joined. Attended one meeting at Books A Million in the Portland Mall. Interesting discussion. Like to have more.

    July 17, 2013

  • Susan D.

    Is there any reason to think the corpse is tied in some way to the history of your family?

    July 17, 2013

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