The first year of the Writing Urban Places: New Narratives of the European City Cost Action started in Spring 2019, and was dedicated to the implementation of the network tools, namely the definition of the Working Groups and its leaderships, planning activities and strategies, and building a network that now spreads across more than 35 countries, via its 150 participants from diverse backgrounds, scholarships, experiences, genders and generations. Unfortunately, as we are writing this editorial and preparing to launch this first Newsletter of our COST Action Writing Urban Places, the coronavirus pandemic outbreak forced us all to cancel, revise and postpone our immediate plans. It seems like we’re suddenly living inside the pages of dystopic narrative, while wishing that, in spite of its profound cultural and economic impact, it will also provide a page for a new beginnings and stories.