I came to Writers At Work a bit nervous; I was new to the area (I had just moved to Atwater Village) and I had never participated in a writing workshop. As a participant in Writers At Work, I realized that the commitment involved in the project of writing is similar to the commitment of a lasting friendship. For the writing to take shape, one must first show up and be open to the possibilities of critical feedback. I learned at Writers At Work that crafting the story involves serious focus and a healthy, loving approach. Not only did I progress in my craft but I also began to build lasting friendships with socially conscious and loving people committed to the act of writing. More than 10 years from my first writing workshop, I remain friends with some of the participants of Writers At Work. I have built solid friendships through my participation. I continue to meet with three of the participants that I shared space with at my first workshop. We continue to meet often for “writing dates,” dinner, walks, and community events. We keep each other on a path of writing while sustaining a lasting friendship.