Notes from An Alien

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A Writer’s Room of One’s Own


I’m sitting in what’s called a studio apartment in the USA—one room about 20X30 feet that serves as living-room and bedroom, a small kitchen/entryway behind me, and a very small bathroom.

It suffices for my needs but, if my income were ever to rise, I can think of much more comfortable spaces in which to do my writing

This image is the space Virginia Woolf used for her writing. Virginia Woolf

You can find more famous writer’s spaces at the Huffington Post’s article Famous Writers’ Retreats: The Rooms Where Classics Were Created.

You may know that Virginia Woolf wrote a fiction essay called, A Room of One’s Own.

The work was “…an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled ‘Women and Fiction’, and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figural space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by patriarchy.” —Wikipedia

Of course, there are other options besides a studio apartment or the 19 varied individual writing spaces at the Huffington Post article.

A page called Spaces for Urban Writers on About.com begins with this:

“Since the Writers Room opened in 1978 to address the needs of urban writers, who don’t always have space to write at home, a number of similar writers’ rooms have opened up around the U.S. and abroad. In addition to a desk, many of the below organizations also provide kitchen and lounge spaces, a reference library, Internet access, and community.”

You can go to the page to read a bit more about a number of Urban Writer’s Spaces but I’ll also put the links here:

The Loft (Minneapolis)

The Office (Santa Monica)

Toronto Writers’ Centre

Uptown Writer’s Space (Chicago)

WriterHouse (Charlottesville, VA)

The Writers’ Room of Boston

The Writers’ Room of Hamburg

The Writers WorkSpace (Chicago)

Writers’ Rooms in New York City

On that page at About.com, if you take the link Finding a Space to Write you’ll find this description:

“Ideally we’d all enjoy Virginia Woolf’s proverbial room of one’s own, with a door to close to ensure uninterrupted writing time. However, for many of us, this just isn’t an option. But a lack of writing space should never keep you from writing. With a little determination and some creativity, you’ll always find some way to work.”

If you need to find a writing space, do go read the info at that last link—here are the topic headings:

If you can’t have an office, settle for a corner

Erect a visual boundary around your writing space

Consider working in a cafe or restaurant

Rent a writing space

Use the library

Be creative about finding a writing space

I can’t help but quote the first sentence from that last topic:

“A lack of space should never be an excuse not to write.”

Do you have a special Writing Space?

Do you know a writer who has one?

Are you looking for your own Writing Space?

Have you ever visited a famous Writing Space?
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