A Writer’s Life Offerings & Links 2022-2023

Monthly Membership                                    $120.00                         


Winter Gathering 12/21/22                                                  

Weekly Prompts & Mediations                                                                      

Tuesday Women of Color Group                                                              

Wednesday Writing Group                                                  

Individual Writing Practice                                 

Radical Creative Womanist                              

Workshopping Solo &in Community

8:00 – 11:30 am session & 

1:00 – 4:30 pm session in Rio Vista

RCWWIC 2023 Dates

January 7th & 21st 2023

February 11th & 25th 2023

March 11th and 25th 2923

April 8th & 22nd  2023

May 6th & 20th 2023

Summer Away Camp                                        Planning in Progress for Summer 2023


Tuesday Women of Color Writer’s Group                                 10-11:30 am PST            1:00 2:30 EST


Wednesday AWL Women’s Writers Group                                1-2:30 pm PST               4-5:30 pm PST


AWL 2022 Winter Gathering     December 21, 2022                     4:00 pm PST                  7:00 pm EST


In Joy,


Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

1004 Diamante – Rio, Vista, Ca. 94571




Pay Here with PayPal         or         Venmo  @Andrea-Canaan-1

A Writer’s Life Meditation–Prompt

“Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

– L. R. Knost

I say, please be dismayed. Allow your heart to break and bleed. It’s in this unfortunate place where paradoxically we are grandly moved because we have to feel. Feel it. Feel it all. No bypassing. And choose that unconditional love. Which is your light and truth. It’s just YOU. There can be no other than you and what you bring and offer. It’s unique and very much needed. And the “we”needs it.

– M. Lorenzana

Morning Coffee

Pour water into the kettle and set it to boil as night softens into morning through the kitchen 

windows and patio doors

Place the enamel filter in the top of the blue and white speckled French coffee pot 

Fill coffee and chicory into the enamel chamber

Place the perforated lid in the chamber 

Place the coffee pot in a small pan half filled with water

Turn the flame on low to keep the coffee pot warm  

At the kettle’s first whisper, pour the hot water over the perforated lid slowly until the middle 

chamber is full 

I continue to pour until the pot is two-thirds full

Place the freckle blue top on the pot

While the coffee is dripping slide open the patio door

Breathe in the cool morning scents of lemon tree, ornamental pear tree, freshly mown grass

In the still rising morning sun, place a heavy cotton mint green place mat and napkin on the glass table

On the place mat set  a blue and white weeping willow patterned china demitasse cup, saucer  

and spoon

Place a jar of condensed milk next to the saucer 

Return to the kitchen

Remove the coffee pot from the pan 

Bring the pot to the patio.



Cherish the black brown liquid 

Spoon a dollop of condensed milk from the jar 

Stir and stir the brown-blackness and watch as it lightens to cocoa brown, dark tan, dark 

bronze, to liquid toffee 

Lift the cup to your lips 

Breathe in wisps of steam and deliciousness


As the morning continues to brighten into day, revel in the tastes of roasted beans, chicory, chocolate, and caramel

Linger in the ardent sweetness at the bottom of the cup. 

The Last A Writer’s Life Summer 2022 Day Series

Exquisite Creative Self Care for Women Writers and Creators in Community  

Be held in imagining, creating, implementing, rejuvenating, and maintaining wholistic-exquisite-creative self-care for our minds, bodies, and souls with abundant resourcing for ourselves, alone, within our immediate and extended families, and in our creative community(s). Bring you journal, sketch pad, colored pencils, brushes and paints as well as your computer and writing pad.  Maximum Participants: 5

Sunday, September 18, 2022  10 am-3 pm PST

Trilogy at Rio Vista is a gated community: I will provide your name for entry at front gate for entry when you register. 

Travel: Please enter Trilogy Rio Vista via Highway 12 & Summerset Road. Your GPS may direct you to Airport Road which is accessible to residents only. From San Francisco and Oakland is approximately 1 hour, from the North Bay, not more than 1.5 hours. 

ArrivalPlease arrive 30 minutes to get settled, meet your writing partners for the day and to enjoy filtered water, coffee, tea & fresh fruit offerings. , and late morning vegan and vegetarian friendly food offerings. 

Food: Offerings of fresh ruit & the fixings for a hearty vegan and vegetarian friendly salad will be available at Noon.

*Note the time our day will end from 4-3 pm in order for our writing community to attend the memorial services for the son of a writing community member

Remuneration: AWL Member $85.00    Non-Member: $100.00

In Joy,

Trilogy, Rio Vista

Andrea Canaan, MSW, MFA

1004 Diamante

Rio Vista, Ca. 94105



Pay Here with PayPal    or          Venmo  @Andrea-Canaan-1

A Writer’s Life Saturday Morning Workshopping

10-12 pm PST       1-3 pm EST

September 10, 2022

September 17, 2022

September 24, 2022

October 8, 2022

October 22, 2022

December 3, 2022

December 13, 2022

December 17, 2022   

Join Zoom Meeting

Member                 Non–Member

Saturday Morning Workshopping                  No Fee                         $50.00 per session

Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA

1004 Diamante – Rio, Vista, Ca. 94571




Pay Here with PayPal         or         Venmo  @Andrea-Canaan-1