Overwhelmed writers unite – updated for 2021!

Happy New Year!

One of the happiest parts of my 2020 was the Saturday writing group I began during lockdown as a way to motivate myself—and, I hoped, a few others—to write more frequently. It became one of the highlights of my week. It got me writing more regularly than ever, and I met so amazing people from around the globe. During our sessions, they wrote everything from educators’ rubrics to academic pieces to op-ed columns to novels to family histories. It was amazing just to hear about the breadth of everyone’s creative endeavors.

The group is one remnant of 2020 that I am happy to be bringing with me into 2021. And you’re invited! If you struggle to carve out time to write—but the LAST thing you need is another thing people are expecting you to do, or to face another round of anxiety-inducing introductions on another Zoom call—then my Zero-Commitment Overwhelmed Writers’ League might be right for you. Here’s how it works:

1. Anyone who’d like to spend a quiet half-hour writing can hop on our recurring Zoom call at 11 am Costa Rica time (that’s 12 pm ET during Daylight Savings, 1 pm ET without). The Zoom link is here, with full Zoom information at the bottom of this post: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83764531032 (Meeting ID: 837 6453 1032).

2. You can also email me at kstan.cr@gmail.com to be added to our recurring GCal invite; anyone on the invite can also add others.

3. We don’t do introductions or anything elaborate. I simply set a timer for 30 minutes and we write in companionable silence (you can turn your mic and video on or off, as you choose). When the timer goes off, you can hop offline to keep writing or do whatever you need to do, or you can stick around to chat for a few.

4. I started a group Google Doc to keep a running list of the incredible ideas and resources shared by participants in the chat each week after our writing time, from pieces they’ve written, to writing course they’re doing, to Random Cool Things. You can see it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QBmjZcGf6w5Bkp9LgBY5PPnXoEl3pDa9eiHAREQ20xA/edit

That’s it! Remember, it’s Zero-Commitment: no need to RSVP or excuse yourself when you can’t come. If you sign up and never, ever come, you’re still doing me a big favor, because the expectation that someone might be waiting for me on the call gets me there to write every week. (I know, I’m weird, and a full-fledged Gretchen Rubin Obliger.) 

That’s all, folks! Hope to see you one of these Saturdays for a half-hour of our own.


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