Overwhelmed writers unite – updated, MID-2021!

UPDATED IN JUNE 2021 with news about SUMMER HIATUS!

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 “meh, work stuff” to family histories. It was amazing just to hear about the breadth of everyone’s creative endeavors. At the time of this writing in June 2021, we’re coming up on one year of the Zero-Commitment Overwhelmed Writers’ League: weekly half-hour weekend writing sessions, followed by intriguing conversations.

The group is “zero-commitment” Because you can sign up and come once in a blue moon, or every week, no excuses or RSVPs necessary, ever. You can write a massive novel or Post-Its in your agenda. When the Zoom call starts, we don’t do introductions or anything elaborate: I simply set a timer for 30 minutes and we write in companionable silence (everyone muted, videos on or off as people 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.

As the group approaches its one-year anniversary, we’re taking a SUMMER HIATUS to rest and recharge. I plan to resume our weekly sessions on Saturday, August 14th, 2021. In the meantime, here’s how you can get involved or remain in the loop:

  1. We’ve made a Google Group where regular members exchange ideas, resources, and sometimes even drafts for feedback from other group members. Just write me at kstan.cr@gmail.com to be added.
  2. If you’d like to be added to our recurring GCal invite so that you’ll be notified when we start back up in August, again, just write me at kstan.cr@gmail.com. Anyone on the invite can also invite others.
  3. You can follow me (@katherinestanleyobando on FB and IG) where I post updates and reminders about the group.
  4. Or just mark your calendar and drop into our Saturday Zoom calls whenever you like, starting up again on August 14th, 2021. We meet 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).

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


Topic: Overwhelmed Writers’ League (O.W.L.) Weekly Session
Time: This is a recurring meeting

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