Writing Buddies: Accountability, Support, and Time to Write!

Writing Buddies returns for a 10-week fall session on Zoom!

Calling all writers—of any level of experience: Are you ready to make a weekly commitment to yourself? Join Writing Buddies! This ONLINE writing group is intended to be friendly, flexible, affordable, and encouraging.

Writing Buddies will meet every Sunday afternoon for ninety minutes, from September 24-November 26. The schedule will follow this general structure:

3:00-3:15: Checking in and stating intentions

3:15-4:15: Quiet writing time, with optional writing prompts offered on your screen

4:15-4:30: Reporting back in small breakout rooms and sharing work, as time allows

Writing Buddies will be moderated by Bookends University programming director Freda Love Smith and Bookends & Beginnings events manager Kate Harding. Please email Freda with any questions: freda@bookendsandbeginnings.com

Tuition for the entirety of the ten weeks course is $45 .


Besides their instructional value, Bookends University workshops are intended to create connections among customers, bring visibility to authors, and support visiting and purchasing books from the bookstore. Since this workshop does not require the purchase of a textbook, your ticket includes a 20% discount code for a list of suggested books, which you will receive after enrolling.

Freda Love Smith is a writer, educator, bookseller, and retired rock drummer living in Evanston, Illinois. She is the author of Red Velvet Underground: A rock memoir, with recipes (2015), I Quit Everything (September 19, 2023), and Angel of the Angels (forthcoming, 2025).

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture and the editor, with Samhita Mukhopadhyay, of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America. She’s taught creative writing at StoryStudio Chicago, The Loft Literary Center, the Northwestern Summer Writers’ Conference, and Cornell College, where she was Distinguished Visiting Writer. She holds an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a PhD in narrative nonfiction from Bath Spa University.

Event date: 
Sunday, September 24, 2023 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Event address: 
Evanston, IL 60201