Sit & Write meets most Saturdays from 11:00 am-2:00 pm ET via Zoom. Since 2019, S&W has offered designated time and space for writing/writing-related activities and the opportunity to connect with other writers. We typically have 5-15 attendees, depending on the day. Participants are diverse in background, preferred genre, and level of literary "experience." We use a drop-in format, which means you can show up late and/or leave early if you want. Sit & Write is a part of Collective Lit.
Q: How do I access the Zoom meetings? A: Updates about and links to the meeting are published in my weekly newsletter. This is the only way to get links to our events. Q: How can I add an event to your newsletter? A: You can submit a literary event or opportunity for consideration here.
Q: How is Sit & Write structured? A: Our schedule is as follows:
11:00 am-11:15 am ET: Check-in (15 min)
11:15 am-1:45 pm ET: Silent writing time (2.5 hrs)
1:45 pm-2:00 pm ET: Office hours (15-ish min, as needed)
Q: What are office hours? A: Office hours are unstructured conversations about writing, mostly. It is not a workshop or a time to read one’s own writing to the group. If you connect with someone and want to exchange writings for feedback at a later time, that is totally fine.
Q: What does it cost? Do I need to pre-register? A: There is no cost to participate, nor is there any commitment. You can come once, or join every week, if you like. You can stay for all 3 hours, or you can drop in and out at your leisure. No registration is required.
Q: What if I'm late, or if I need to leave early? A: I don't care at all. Your time is your own. Just keep your mic off during silent writing time.
Q: Why is it free? Is there some sort of catch? A: No catch! Sit & Write is free because these meetings are an important part of my own writing practice. While I do welcome "tips" via Venmo or Paypal, there is absolutely no expectation or obligation to do so.
Q: What are the rules? A: Be kind to others, behave “appropriately” when on camera/microphone, and keep your mic off during silent writing time (11:15 am-1:45 pm ET) as to not distract other participants. Sit & Write is not a writing workshop.
Q: Do I have to write? Could I work on other stuff, like math homework? A: I am not going to monitor or control what you work on. However, this group centers creative writing, and our discussions will focus on that topic.
Q: Will I feel comfortable participating as a marginalized person? A: I strive to create an environment that is welcoming to those who have been historically excluded from the U.S. publishing industry, including but not limited to: people of color, Indigenous people, queer and transgender people, women (trans and cisgender), disabled people, immigrants, low-income individuals, and those at the intersections of these identities and experiences. I sincerely welcome feedback about how to better serve and center these demographics.
Simultaneously, I encourage participants from backgrounds that have long been centered in publishing (white/male, etc.) to be mindful of this exclusionary history when participating in group discussions. I will try my best to do the same.