What we're about

Want to inspire yourself to write even more?

Want to work past writing blocks?

Want to get outside your writing comfort zone?

When asked how an artist may best connect with her muse, Alice Walker said:

โ€œEarth was meant for Joy. As an artist, connect with that Joy and you will forever be fed by it.โ€

~Alice Walker, Q&A/ โ€˜Beauty In Truthโ€™ world premier at โ€˜Women Of the Worldโ€™ Festival 2013, http://youtu.be/UadveROnHHk

The Natural Muse Meetup is an opportunity for writers to connect with Earth's Joy and work with the muse of Nature in the company of other writers on a regular basis. We will meet in a variety of natural locations around Los Angeles in order to engage with the Natural Muse. The atmosphere is collaborative, supportive and creative. This is, above all, an opportunity to engage with the page, and to write, write, write. It is not a forum for editing, critiquing or offering unsolicited advice, but a safe and nurturing place to converse with your Natural Muse.

Upcoming events (4+)

Writing in Brand Park

Brand Park

Brand Park is a 31-acre park in Glendale featuring hiking trails, a Japanese tea garden, and the Brand Library, a unique public library that focuses on visual arts and music. Built in 1904, it was inspired by the East Indian Pavilion built for the 1893 Columbian World Exposition held in Chicago.

What wonders will we discover to write about here?

Point your GPS to Brand Library & Art Center. Free parking. We will meet at the grassy area with benches behind the library where we write. See the photo below of the grassy hillside directly BEHIND the library building.
If you arrive late or just can't find us, call JP at[masked] to get the location.

Natural Muse: Evening Edition


Let's meet up for an actual conversation! After all the hours we've toiled away over our writing, it's time for some in-person FUN.

We will gather OUTDOORS (dress appropriately) at a member's home to get to know one another better, share some food & drink and have the opportunity to share some of our work (this is completely optional). This is also a fundraiser to cover the cost of the organizer fees ($98/six months).

Encouragement only, no critiques.

RSVP required. We will send you the event address via your Meetup Messages so be sure to check there for the location.


  • $5-$20 (pay what you can). No one turned away for lack of funds. Cash, Zelle, Venmo, PayPal accepted.
  • Something to read (IF you care to read, 3-5 minutes max)
  • Contributions of snacks and/or beverages (adult or otherwise) appreciated.
  • Whatever you need to be comfortable outdoors in the evening

Writing at Arlington Garden

Arlington Garden

Once the site of a mansion, then a laydown yard for freeway construction, Arlington Garden is now natural gem. See below for more info.

We will meet on the sidewalk on Arlington Drive. If you arrive late or don't find the entrance, call or text Cheryl at[masked]. Free street parking is available on Arlington Drive.

๐™‰๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ค๐™ข ๐™›๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ง๐™ .

Can't find us? Call/text Cheryl at[masked].

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Meetup WILL be cancelled in event of a downpour . . . we soldier on in a heavy mist. CHECK THIS EVENT PAGE before heading out, in case of any last-minute changes.

"There is simply no place else like Arlington Garden in Pasadena, or elsewhere in the San Gabriel Valley. Its Italian style olive allee, numerous succulent and cactus gardens, an Arroyo Seco like pathway flanked by sycamores leading to a vernal pool, orange grove laid out in grids like historical California orange groves, paths and benches set throughout plant communities, and its โ€œsurprises around every corner,โ€ make Arlington Garden an indescribable Pasadena landmark which has to be visited if it is to be appreciated."


Writing at the Starlight Bowl / Stough Canyon

Starlight Bowl

Sweeping views, shady respites, picnic tables and benches, easy parking, clean restrooms, this park has it all. Let's be inspired by the views while our skies are clear.

๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š: park in the lot for the Starlight Bowl, which is a a gravel lot on the south side of Lockheed View Drive (the lot will be on your left if you're coming from Walnut Avenue). This parking lot is just BEFORE you see the park on the right. See the map image below.

We will meet in the drive the near the sign for the Starlight Bowl (see photo). If you arrive late or don't see us, call or text Cheryl at[masked].

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ: Meetup WILL be cancelled in event of rain. CHECK THIS EVENT PAGE before heading out, in case of any last-minute changes.

Past events (637)

Writing at the Starlight Bowl / Stough Canyon

Starlight Bowl