Itching to perform that powerful scene from your nascent screenplay? Need an audience to vet the intro to your great American novel? Want to summon the spirit behind Shakespeare's sonnets? Then head to Literary Night at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden (1223 Park St., Alameda), which happens every third Thursday. Pieces can be original or not, and all genres are welcome. Free; sign-ups start at 7 p.m., readings at 7:30 p.m. 510-865-2385 or JuliesTea.comfree
There are far worse ways to spend a Monday than doing some writing as meditation. Write for Your Life happens every Monday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley), with participants writing in response to a reading at the top of the session. Reading aloud to the group is optional. 9:15-11:45 a.m., free. 510-524-2858 or UUCB.orgfree
Do you suspect that poems are buried somewhere deep inside you, waiting to grow? At the Poetry Writing Workshop, which meets at the Albany Library (1247 Marin Ave.) every second Wednesday, Albany poet laureate Christina Hutchins leads exercises aimed at finding those hidden sources of inspiration and nurturing them in a supportive atmosphere. 7 p.m., free. ACLibrary.orgfree
For more than a century, the University of California has maintained extensive ties to the fossil fuel industry. A coalition of students, alumni, and climate scientists is trying to sever those bonds.