What we're about

Please consider joining us for one of our face-to-face or online writing events. We have regular gatherings to write together, both at the Cathedral City library and online via Zoom. In both the face-to-face and the online sessions, we do short timed writings together from writing prompts (or from words drawn from the magic word pouch!). We read our impromptu work out loud and receive good, specific feedback from the group, words or phrases that strike people, images, feelings the work evokes. (There is no critique, no advice for strengthening the writing, because this is spontaneous writing, not polished work.)

You don't need to be a writer in order to join us for these events. I am a big believer in Brenda Ueland's claim that "everyone is talented, original and has something important to say" (If You Want to Write, Graywolf Press). If you are already a fan of Peter Elbow's "freewriting" or Natalie Goldberg's "writing practice," you may delight in the chance to do this in community. I believe there is a kind of alchemy that happens when we write together like this. I believe it can change us, as writers, as humans.

In addition to these ongoing writing session, we hold other meetings and workshops periodically, both online and on the ground. Upcoming events include a 3-day writing retreat in Joshua Tree (https://499words.org/retreat/) (November 22nd--24th) and workshops on various aspects of both the process and the craft of writing. Please check the events page here (https://www.meetup.com/Desert-People-Writing-Together/events/) for upcoming offerings. (All events offer a chance to write together, as well.)

If you are interested, do please sign up here for my email mailing list. (This feels especially important now when the future of a Meetup that remains free for members seems a bit precarious.)
https://499words.org/email-form/

All good wishes,

Riba

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Riba Taylor
Desert Writing Group
https://499words.org/workshops/
https://noholdsbarred.blog/

Upcoming events (5)

Sheltering in Place

Online event

Let's write and visit together via Zoom for solace and camaraderie during this tumultuous time. We'll do short, timed writings from prompts or with words drawn from a pouch. The focus will be on our own experiences, thoughts, personal stories. Then we'll read our impromptu pieces and hear from others about what resonates with them. (No critique, only specific feedback about what we like or what a piece evokes for us, such as specific words or phrases, a feeling, image or thought the piece sparks.) Please RSVP and plan to write with pen and paper (unless, of course, a disability prevents this). The meeting itself may lock, too, once we've begun, so please arrive on time! (And please be conscientious about changing your RSVP to "no" if needed. Thanks.)

Spontaneous writing group

Online event

WE'RE GOING TO ZOOM TODAY! 11am to 1pm Online Come write with us via Zoom! Be sure to "arrive" by 11am. Please RSVP. We do short, timed writings together from writing prompts (or from words drawn from the magic word pouch!). We read our impromptu work out loud and receive good, specific feedback from the group, words or phrases that strike people, images, feelings the work evokes. (There is no critique, no advice for strengthening the writing, because this is spontaneous writing, not polished work.) Please plan to write with paper and pen or pencil instead of writing on a laptop or a phone unless, of course, you have a disability that prevents you from writing by hand. Thanks! This is a great chance to encourage agile writer's minds, to stretch, to bypass our critic and censor, practice sharing our impromptu work, grow larger in ourselves, connect. Please RSVP, and please be conscientious about changing your RSVP to "no" if you are unable to attend. Thanks very much. (Note, the meeting may lock once we begin, so do please arrive on time. This group generally skips the 4th Monday each month though occasionally doesn't meet on other days. It used to meet at Cathedral City Library but is now online.)

Sheltering in Place

Online event

Let's write and visit together via Zoom for solace and camaraderie during this tumultuous time. We'll do short, timed writings from prompts or with words drawn from a pouch. The focus will be on our own experiences, thoughts, personal stories. Then we'll read our impromptu pieces and hear from others about what resonates with them. (No critique, only specific feedback about what we like or what a piece evokes for us, such as specific words or phrases, a feeling, image or thought the piece sparks.) Please RSVP and plan to write with pen and paper (unless, of course, a disability prevents this). The meeting itself may lock, too, once we've begun, so please arrive on time! (And please be conscientious about changing your RSVP to "no" if needed. Thanks.)

Spontaneous writing group

Cathedral City Branch Library

Come write with us at the library! We do short, timed writings together from writing prompts (or from words drawn from the magic word pouch!). We read our impromptu work out loud and receive good, specific feedback from the group, words or phrases that strike people, images, feelings the work evokes. (There is no critique, no advice for strengthening the writing, because this is spontaneous writing, not polished work.) We meet most Mondays from 10:15am to 12:15pm (generally skips the 4th Monday each month) Cathedral City Library Please bring paper and pen or pencil instead of planning to write on a laptop or a phone unless you have a disability that prevents you from writing by hand. Thanks! This is a great chance to encourage agile writer's minds, to stretch, to bypass our critic and censor, practice sharing our impromptu work, grow larger in ourselves, connect. Where our room is When you walk into the library, you'll immediately turn right and walk to the big meeting room just past the tables of free books. Please plan to come early. (Late arrivals are disruptive.) Dress in layers to avoid being too cold or too warm. ;-) Please RSVP, and please be conscientious about changing your RSVP to "no" if you are unable to attend. Thanks very much.

Past events (143)

Sheltering in Place

Online event

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