I Dream of A Writer’s Room

I have a vision in my head of a large room filled with writers, each with a private desk and comfortable chair, the perfect blend of privacy and camaraderie. Heads bent over laptops, fingers tapping, muses dancing in the air, stories being born. A creative haven–the Writer’s Room.

No, not the BBC-TV version.

BBC-TV, The Writer's Room

BBC-TV, The Writer’s Room

More like the New York and D.C. versions.

NY City Writer's Room

New York City Writer’s Room

DC Writer's Room

DC Writer’s Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How cool is that? A dedicated space just for writers. Published and emerging writers. Novelists, memoirists, and poets, oh my!

In this era of telecommuting, shared office spaces are springing up all over the country. Working from home sounds like nirvana until the loneliness sets in, or the laundry starts calling, or the phone won’t stop ringing with nuisance calls. It can provide a wonderful sense of freedom until you start to feel stagnant from lack of interaction with other humans that aren’t inside your head.

For these very reasons, Writer’s Rooms have existed since the 1970’s. In addition to providing a place for writers to go to get out of the house, a Writer’s Room is a community, a place where collective creative energy will invite the Muse and inspire great writing, (If more seclusion is needed, a good set of headphones can shut out distractions while you stay surrounded by community.)

Some comments from the DC Writer’s Room explain it best:

“Many writers, even writers with workspace at home, are finding that a totally distraction-free environment can do wonders for their focus and productivity.

Another often-mentioned benefit, interestingly, is the presence of other writers. Motivation and seriousness are highly contagious. Some writers also ­value the chance to talk with fellow writers in a social space like our kitchenette.” 

Writer’s Rooms generally have a tiered membership pricing schedule–a pay-as-you-go, monthly, quarterly, bi-annual, or annual fee for use of the space. For just over a year, I have tried what I call a seed experiment. For the price of coffee and breakfast, our writer’s group, Just Write, has reserved space at a local coffee shop every Monday morning for three hours. There might be as few as two or as many as ten writers on any given Monday.

 

Just Writing at Java's Brewin'

Just Writing at Java’s Brewin’

Novels have been written here, memoirs drafted, blogs posted. It is an atmosphere of focused intent and warm camaraderie. It is my dream to create a space where this atmosphere can thrive on a daily basis. My vision also includes a creativity room for brainstorming, workshops, classes, and coaching sessions.

It is a big dream, and I worry that it will remain just that–a dream. But I know that big things can happen with consistent small steps, so I will continue to put one foot in front of the other. Next steps: 1. Find a space to meet more frequently. 2. Impart the dream to more writers.

Where do you do your best writing? Do you have a writing community? Would you take advantage of a Writer’s Room if one were available in your area for a reasonable cost?

9 thoughts on “I Dream of A Writer’s Room

  1. Hi Patty,
    Lately I have become distracted by many (all) of the things that you have listed. I am retired, therefore, cost is a serious consideration. Having said that, yes, I would love to have a Writer’s Room available to me if it were not cost prohibitive. It sounds like a heaven for me and I would love to write in community setting!
    Cassandra

  2. Save me a spot. I think it’s a great idea and look forward to that day when your dream becomes reality. It’s only a matter of time!

  3. Hi Patty. A fantastic idea. I’m very interested. I completely relate to the sense of loneliness and isolation that sometimes sets in. I also relate to the nagging laundry and other chores that mischievously steal my discipline. Sending good positive energy to make this happen. Thanks for your passion for writing and writers! xo

    • Thanks, Terri. I will grab onto that positive energy and add it to mine and Cassandra’s and Rae’s, and anyone else who wants to see this happen.

  4. I’m down with it.
    I tried renting a room at the Skylight Coworking place in Phoenixville last summer and nearly went nuts from the isolation. I wish I could find the Spaulding Gray interview where he talks about a cottage he had one summer in New England where he was supposed to finish his “Monster in the Box”. He spent the entire day watching the sun move across his desk. It helps to be in the same room where other people are writing too.
    I can’t work out of my house. No door on the office, the TV from downstairs drives me insane. I have to go outside to TCB. Which means I make a circuit of coffee shops because I need a good 4 uninterrupted hours to get the job done. I don’t like to hit the same place twice in one week because people act like you’re a hobo.
    So I think the idea of a place dedicated to writing is great idea. You could have one room for writing and another for conferences where people could debate if “tool box” is one word or two. Maybe a third room for those Norman Mailer vs. Gore Vidal fights.

    • Thanks, Tim. I appreciate this feedback from a faithful attendee of the “seedling” writer’s room. We are gathering momentum and will bring it to fruition in time.

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