Places We’ve Met

bulletin board at Barnes & Noble on Stevens Creek
The bulletin board at B&N on Stevens Creek. We used to get many new members from the flyer here.

Write to the End started as an unnamed writing group that met on Tuesday nights at Barnes & Noble on Stevens Creek Boulevard.

Over the years, we’ve met at many locations, and before I forget some of them, I thought it would be nice to have a record.

Here are the places we’ve met, in more or less chronological order, and with a couple of comments to make the list more interesting to read. Please let me know if I’ve forgotten any!

  • Barnes & Noble on Stevens Creek 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95117
    I loved being surrounded by books. We laughed the most about the loudspeaker call for “Daryl to Cash Wrap Two,” which always seemed to happen when someone reading their scene got to the most suspenseful part.
  • Barnes & Noble in Westgate Mall 1600 Saratoga Avenue #211, San Jose, CA 95129
    We met here while some pipes were being repaired at the Stevens Creek store.
  • Barnes & Noble in The Pruneyard 1875 S. Bascom Avenue Ste 240, Campbell, CA 95008.
    This is a Sports Basement now, but I still sense the bookstore every time I shop for running shoes.
  • Starbucks 3605 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    They have a very nice large wooden table that we’d always try to get.
  • Mission City Coffee 2221 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95050
    I miss this place. They were a center for literature and culture as well as a place for coffee and food.
  • IHOP 5403 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    The staff was very kind. They let us meet in the event room, which was much colder than the rest of the restaurant. The cold kept us alert for writing! This restaurant moved to a new location on Miller, so we moved with them.
  • IHOP 1012 Miller Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
    Warmer, brand new, and still a nice place to write and eat pancakes.
  • Google Meet (online)
    We started meeting online in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members who had moved away were able to attend again, and we got a few new members in other time zones.
  • Discord (online)
    Our current meeting place! 

Your memories of these places are welcome in the comments.

2013-2019 Meeting Place – IHOP on Stevens Creek

This IHOP has closed, so I’ve altered this post to avoid confusion. For our current meeting place, see sidebar.
From October 8, 2013 to March 2019, we met at
IHOP Restaurant
5403 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 996-3393
We meet every Tuesday except the first Tuesday of the month. We begin writing at 7:00 pm, so try to arrive a little earlier so you can get settled. Hope to see you soon!
New and prospective members: We welcome all writing. Work on your latest writing project in the company of fellow writers. Members write in all different forms and genres, so come to share and learn! Please bring pen and paper or whatever you use to write. You do not need to bring completed work–just show up!
Tips for IHOP:
  1. Wear layers. The restaurant is often quite cold.
  2. Order and pay at the counter when you first arrive. It is okay to order something small, such as a drink, but please do support our host by buying something. The staff has been very accommodating and tries not to disturb us as we write. Ordering and paying when we first enter means they do not have to interrupt the group.
  3. Where we usually sit: After you enter the restaurant, walk to your right and go all the way to the back.
  4. If it is a financial burden for you to buy something every time, please contact Keiko and we will figure out a solution.

We enjoyed Snake & Butterfly

We stopped meeting at Snake & Butterfly in October 2013, so I’ve altered this post to avoid confusion. For our current meeting place, please see sidebar.
Snake & Butterfly is a lovely place, so please visit them, even though we won’t be there on Tuesday nights. It’s an owner-operated local coffee shop / gelateria / chocolate factory in downtown Campbell. There is a 3-story free parking garage right behind it (entrances on 2nd and 3rd Streets), which usually has plenty of spaces empty, and the surrounding neighborhoods are also easy to park in.