Jack Remick and Bob Ray have for more than two decades now been the anchors of this twice-weekly writing group at Louisa's Bakery and Cafe. There's no charge and it's not necessary to rsvp; drop-ins are welcome.
People usually begin gathering a few minutes beforehand to socialize a bit and settle in. We begin writing promptly at 2:30 pm and finish by 3:45.
Please support Louisa's, which allows us to meet there for free, by ordering lunch or a cup of coffee or tea. Tip generously.
"Writing Practice" is based on the approach of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) of putting pen to paper without stopping for a certain number of minutes -- the idea being that by writing continuously, you outrace the brain's Critic and mysteriously drop into some deeper places in yourself.
Some of us choose to do a full 45-minute writing practice, others may choose to sit with a few fellow writers doing shorter timed writings of 5, 10, 15, and 5 minutes each, prompted by suggested start lines (E.g. "Today I'm writing about Breakfast."). Whichever group you choose to write with on any given day is up to you.
Either way, after we finish our timed writing(s) we share what we've written with the two or three writers seated around us. Not for critiques, just to be heard.
It's a supportive, convivial atmosphere for novices and published writers alike. Novelists, short story writers, creative non-fiction writers, memoirists, screenwriters, poets... all are welcome.
Louisa’s Bakery and Café
2379 Eastlake Ave East (south of the University Bridge near the Roanoke Exit of I-5, at the intersection of Eastlake Ave and Louisa Street).
Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm.
Buses run along Eastlake. There's street parking on Eastlake and in the neighborhood around there. Be careful if you park on the east side of Eastlake to move your car before 4 pm. They tow. (You're fine if you're on the west side of the street.)