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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.)

All good wishes,



Riba Taylor
Desert Writing Group

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Hi everyone.

I see I told you I would write in January, and now it's almost March. I'm afraid as eager and hopeful as I was about all my possible "offerings" for the coming year, it looks like I will not be ready to solidify anything just now.

I have taken a "hiatus" from my college work, likely until fall of this year though possibly longer depending on how life unfolds. It looks like I will need to continue to not ask more of myself right now overall, so as much as I would like to be working together again, I won't be able to do so until later. Maybe in the fall, as well?

In the meantime, I am sending you my good wishes for writing and for life!

Take good care.



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