What’s an Accountability Group and Why Join?

The name says it all! An accountability group exists for writers to support other writers to generate words and meet goals and deadlines. This group is hosted by Brooke Warner (publisher, memoir teacher, author –see full bio) because Brooke, too, is writing her own memoir—and she will be writing alongside you in every session.

The first Show Up & Write ran from September through February. You can now join Session 2 (March-August 2024). Join any time. Come as often as you can!

Brooke has a long history of making public her writing process. She’s written six books, but this is her first memoir—so this group will be about coming together to honor our commitment to ourselves and to each other to put words on the page. One of the original mottoes of She Writes is “writers don’t let writers write alone.” As a fellow memoirist wanting to generate content, Brooke invites you to *not* write alone. Brooke and any writer who registers to join will show up on Zoom to write two days a week, Thursdays and Sundays (see schedule below). Your registration will take you through February (regardless of when you register) and you show up as often or as infrequently as you want or need to, though the more often the better. After six months we, as a group, will evaluate how it’s going and whether to continue. 

What Do You Get By Joining This Group?

This group is born from a desire to carve out time to write, and to make a space among other memoirists for accountability. At the start of every session, Brooke will set an intention, offer a writing prompt, or offer a short talk or inspirational story. As part of this group, you will also have access to: (1) a Private Facebook Group to connect to other writers in the group, (2) Brooke’s recorded video archives of the 5-minute craft/process lessons from Session 1 (Sept 2023-Feb 2024), and (3) a built-in community of other memoirists with whom to make connections for the purposes of swapping writing, beta reading, and more.

How Will the Sessions Go?

Sessions will start on time. At the top of the hour, Brooke will gather the group and offer a short share of some sort. We will write (and only write) until the end of the 2-hour mark. Cameras can be off or on. Brooke will also be writing, so these writing sessions will not be moderated, and questions in the chat will not be answered during the writing sessions. All chat threads will be saved, however, and as things come up, we can save them for the final Sunday of each month where instead of writing, we will hold a process and sharing session. During this time, there will be no writing, only sharing. Writers will be invited to share struggles, breakthroughs, and insights, to explore structural questions, or even to share and discuss other memoirs we’re reading. Please note, you come to the sessions you’re able to and want to attend. There will be no roll-taking. You’re embraced if and when you show up, and never shamed if you can’t or don’t make it. This space is for us, and we’ll make use of it as the time serves us!

When Do You Get Access?

Access to the Zoom link and to the Facebook group is provided upon registration. Since this group is set up to be accessible, cost-wise, we’re operating on a honor system in which you’re trusted not to share links.

What’s the Cost?

This accountability group is set up to be very low cost: $99. Since Brooke is writing, too, this is about holding the space and supporting one another with our goals. The cost represents a commitment to show up when you can. Regardless of when you join us, the cost is still $99. So writers who join in September pay $99, as do writers who join in February.

Why Does Show Up & Write Exist?

As a writing coach and publisher, Brooke knows intimately how valuable accountability is. She knows firsthand that it’s oftentimesTHEthing that pushes writers over the finish line. We all need support to make space in our busy lives to show up for the things we really want to do, and memoir writing comes with all kinds of resistance and fears and doubts. This is all normal! Brooke has been coaching and teaching memoir for fifteen years, and students constantly query about groups, accountability partners, share circles, and more. This is the first longer-term group Brooke has ever offered, in no small part inspired by her own desire to write in community. If you want to write and throw down words, this structure guarantees you will. When you show up and write in community, words will appear on the page—because that’s all you’re showing up to do. Whatever magic happens inside and outside the group is just the gravy. So give it a try! Make a commitment to this group—and to yourself.

Schedule – Session 2 (March-August 2024)

MARCH:
Write: Sunday, March 3 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, March 7 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, March 10 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, March 14 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write:Sunday, March 17 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, March 21 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, March 24 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, March 28 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
NO MEETING: Sunday, March 24 – NO MEETING (Brooke in Japan)

APRIL:
Brooke Out of Town first week of April
Write: Thursday, April 11 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, April 14 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, April 18 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, April 21 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, April 25 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Share:Sunday, April 28 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET

MAY:
Write: Thursday, May 2 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, May 5 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, May 9 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, May 12 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, May 16 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, May 19 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, May 23 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Share:Sunday, May 26 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, May 30 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET

JUNE:
No Session: Sunday, June 2 – Brooke at Bay Area Book Festival all day
Write: Thursday, June 6 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, June 9 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, June 13 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, June 16 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, June 20 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, June 23 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, June 27 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Share:Sunday, June 30 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET

JULY:
NO SESSION: Thursday, July 4 – National Holiday
Write: Sunday, July 7 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, July 11 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, July 14 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, July 18 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, July 21 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, July 25 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Share:Sunday, July 28 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET

AUGUST:
Write: Thursday, August 1 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, August 4 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, August 8 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, August 11 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, August 15 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Write: Sunday, August 18 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET
Write: Thursday, August 22 – 11am-1pm PT | 2pm-4pm ET
Share:Sunday, August 25 – 2pm-4pm PT | 4-6pm ET

—We will evaluate as a group whether or not to continue/renew at the end of August—

Questions for Brooke?

She welcomes you being in touch atbrooke@warnercoaching.com.