Overwhelmed writers unite – updated for 2022!

We’re now in year THREE of the Zero-Commitment Overwhelmed Writers’ League: weekly half-hour weekend writing sessions, followed by conversation for those who’d like to chat. The group is not another commitment you have to fulfill. Just drop in whenever you need some quiet writing time. Here’s how to get in the loop:

  1. We meet at 9 am Costa Rica time (that’s 11 am ET during Daylight Savings, 10 am ET during the winter months). The Zoom link is here, with full Zoom information at the bottom of this post. PASSCODE: owlpower. Meeting ID: 813 5633 8066.
  2. If you’d like to be added to our recurring GCal invite, just write me at kstan.cr@gmail.com. Anyone on the invite can also invite others.
  3. We’ve made a Google Group where regular members can exchange ideas, resources, and sometimes even drafts for feedback from other group members. Just write me at kstan.cr@gmail.com to be added.
  4. You can follow me (@katherinestanleyobando on FB and IG) where I post updates and reminders about the group.

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. 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.

I started the group during COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 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 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. We’ve also helped each other find homes for finished pieces and brainstorm ways to get a project out of “stuck” mode.

Hope to see you one of these Saturdays!



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