PARU Writers Club (La Jolla)

Come, sip, and write alongside other creatives in the communi-tea.

About this experience

Writers Club on Wednesday, June 22, has been canceled due to a special event. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the next writing session!

Note: All sessions have moved to our La Jolla location. There is usually plenty of free parking available along and around Girard Avenue.

Whether you’re on the nineteenth draft of your manuscript or working with a blank canvas, it’s important to keep writing (or start, in some cases). Sometimes, a change of scenery can help move the needle, which is why we’re offering a few seats in our shop for writers to work.


  • Self-service of hot teas (select teas will be available, including a few herbal options)

  • Reservation for one person

  • Access to WiFi and outlets


  • Please arrive by the start time and head straight to the seat with your name on it. You are welcome to leave at any time.

  • Please refrain from talking on the phone. We will be playing light music in the background.


  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. We will provide you with a refund.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • Wearing your face covering is highly recommended if not actively sipping.


  • Bring a jacket or blanket to stay cozy.

  • We'll have plenty of tea and a few light snacks, so please refrain from bringing outside food.

  • We recommend using files that you can access offline or using a notebook and pen.


  • 6:30 p.m.: Early arrival (Recommended for planners or those who need time to warm up and/or settle in)

  • 7:10 – 8:00 p.m.: Sprint 1

  • 8:00 – 8:10 p.m.: Stretch (optional)

  • 8:10 – 9:00 p.m.: Sprint 2

  • 9:00 – 9:10 p.m.: Wrap up and share


Do you have a restroom?

—Yes, we have a restroom that will be available to guests.

Do I have to be working on a novel?

—Not at all. You can be working on anything related to writing. You can read. You can even sit and think about writing, as long as it helps. Everyone's process is different.

Do I have to share what I’m working on?

—No pressure here. Feel free to say “skip” or “not ready to share.” However, we do encourage sharing when you are ready.

Can I attend just one session?

—You can attend as many sessions as you’d like. This is an unofficial club, after all, but we do hope you return.

What kind of seating will you be providing?

—We have wooden stools (backless, armless). Benches will also be positioned around the shop for those who need to move around a bit.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a seat for a writer in need, please send us a message at hello[@]

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Lani Gobaleza is a Filipina American writer and co-owner of PARU. She studied history at UC Berkeley and taught English in Japan with the JET Program before working in tech.

In 2015, her short story "Every Day Vanilla" was published in the anthology Sunshine/Noir II: Writing From San Diego and Tijuana by City Works Press.

Lani was born in Guam and raised in Spain and San Diego, where she now resides with her wife and two dogs.