Also known as the Ashby Avenue Writers Collective, we have been meeting to discuss our writing and other crises since 1995. Nearly 60 writers have come through the writing group. Some of us remember the house on Ashby Avenue in Berkeley where we met until it went up in flames. We had our stint at the end of Delaware and our fling in San Francisco. Most of the time we all liked each other. Novels were written. Short stories were published. Marriages began and ended. Houses were bought, sold, burgled, and burned. We have our share of MFAs, Ph.Ds, babies, and day jobs. Some of us still meet in person, the rest are far-flung correspondents. Look, it's called groop for a reason. Welcome to groop.