In November of 2019, Sisters in Crime/LA organized several meet-ups for authors to get together and work on their individual manuscripts in a supportive atmosphere. These write-ins took place in a variety of locations. Here are a few examples:
I organized one of these at the Toasted Bun in Van Nuys, CA, on November 16, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The owners and staff of the location were friendly and supportive to the eight of us who showed up, purchased food from them, and actually took the time to learn more about us and what we were doing. Personally, I loved the experience and would be happy to try it again in any venue or format. Not only did I feel support from the people I worked with, I learned more about the other authors I spent time with.
Sisters in Crime/LA, for the first time ever, offers “write-ins” throughout November to help support other authors who want to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or work on their own projects in a group setting. Here’s a list of all the “write-ins” offered for November 2019.
If you attend a “write-in,” we’d love to hear your feedback in the Community.
Please note these events are in no way directly affiliated with National Novel Writing Month, but happen to occur in this time frame as a source of potential support.
National Novel Writing Month is an annual challenge to write the first draft (50K words) of a book in one month. In November every year, writers get together to support each other on this tremendous quest.
This year, Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles is getting into the act. And you don’t even have to be participating in NaNoWriMo to join in the fun.
Different members will be hosting “write-ins,” where fellow SinC members and other writers can get together and write together for an hour or two. Diners, wine bars, coffee shops — all are the perfect venue for sustenance, fellowship, and Words, Words, Words!
Here’s what it will look like:
* At the time and place of the write-in, people will show up. No RSVP needed.
* Everyone introduces themselves with their name and what genre they write in.
* Start writing!
One great way to keep focus is to set a phone timer for 20 minutes. Turns out that 20 minutes is a good chunk of time for the human brain to focus intently, and then you get a little break to stretch, chat, and maybe refill your coffee (or wine). Rinse, repeat.
Bring pens, paper, laptops, whatever you need to get your muse on. Invite friends and fellow writers. When we all write together, we all make it to The End!
We’ll keep an updated list of dates and venues here on the website and also on our Facebook Page. If you want to host a write in, it could not be easier: just pick a public location near you that has snacks and a bathroom, pick a date and time that works for you, and e-mail Laura at [email protected] to get out the word.
So join your fellow writers! Invite your friends! There is no wrong way to write!
LIST OF WRITE-INS (AS OF OCTOBER 31ST, 2019)
Where: Copper Still Grill (SinC-LA has the restaurant’s loft space reserved)
610 S. Myrtle Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
Free public parking is available on Myrtle Avenue and on the side streets and its adjoining lots.
When: Saturday, November 2 (DAY 2 of NaNoWriMo), 11am to 2pm