Writers Room DC provides quiet, comfortable, and affordable workspace to serious writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Writers who wish to use the facility may apply for three-month or six-month memberships. Workstations are available whenever a member chooses to come in, and a workstation may be used for as long as the member wishes.WRDC is located at 4000 Albemarle St. NW, directly across Albemarle from the Tenley Metro. Our top-floor suite, 510, is spacious and filled with natural light. We have fine views up Wisconsin Avenue, a kitchenette, and windows that open. Lockers are available for books and laptops. Wi-fi, coffee, a selection of teas, and printing are provided at no extra charge. Besides Metro access, there is four-hour metered parking across the street and free, on-street, two-hour parking within three blocks.
Joining WRDC generally begins with a tour of the space and a brief discussion of our membership options. Our lowest-cost membership is $140 per month—less than the cost of two lattes a day. (Initiation fees are being waived for the time being.) After an application is completed and approved, a new member can start using the space immediately.
Many cities now have facilities like ours. There are six in New York alone, some with waiting lists. The benefit most often mentioned is simply peace and quiet. You don’t hear ringing phones, doorbells, people talking, or even the sound of newspaper pages being turned. No one interrupts because they need something. 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. (Isn’t that why so many of us prefer to do our sit-ups at the gym?) Some writers also value the chance to talk with fellow writers in a social space like our kitchenette.
On a less tangible level, many members of writing rooms say that becoming a member of a writing room conveys one’s seriousness about one’s project to friends, family, and oneself.
To schedule a tour, we ask that you contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try to respond the same day.
Writers Room DC, UPDATE, June 13, 2016
The Hit Factory
As Writers Room DC nears its fourth anniversary, the story seems to have evolved. Back
in 2012, The Washington Post treated
our new co-op working space for writers as a new idea with lots of potential. It was likely, they said, to help writers. Now
there’s strong evidence it has.
Here are some Writers Room DC authors whose books have come out this year or that
are about to, plus two books from last
year, one of which has recently won a prize. By way of context, there are currently 49 members. These books were partly or completely written at WRDC. Some of these authors have gone so far as to say they couldn't have finished their books without WRDC, but all of them acknowledge that the space has been helpful to them. Maybe motivation is contagious.
At a recent celebration, a couple of people wondered aloud whether WRDC has become a
de facto center of the DC writing
scene while no one was looking. Again, these are 2016 and forthcoming books, not a complete list.
Caitriona Palmer (recent guest on the Diane Rehm Show, UK bestseller): An Affair with My Mother: A Story of Adoption, Secrecy and Love
Roger Thurow (recent guest on the Diane Rehm Show): The First Thousand Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World
Kim Stephens (front page NYT online story about her research on prodigies and her new book): The Prodigy's Cousin: The Family Link Between Autism and Extraordinary Talent
Chris Lehmann (forthcoming P and P reading, recent Sunday NYT very positive book review): The Money Cult: Capitalism, Christianity, and the Unmaking of the American Dream
Carolyn Parkhurst (just finished 4th novel, NYT bestselling author): Harmony
Herta Feely (debut novel due out in September in the U.S. and in October in the UK): Saving Phoebe Murrow
Christine Evans (faculty member at Georgetown, a novel, well-reviewed in her native Australia, where it has been published): Cloudless: A novel in verse
Alexandra Zapruder: Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film (forthcoming)
Elizabeth Flock: The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Trouble in Mumbai (forthcoming)
Eric Weiner (recent P and P reading, widely reviewed, WSJ op-eds based on the book itself, NYT bestseller): The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley
Michael Putzel (Indie Gold Medal for military non-fiction recently announced): The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War (2015)
Adrienne Hand, Co-author with John P. Keyser: Make Way for Women: Men and Women Leading Together Improve Culture and Profits (2015)
Anthony Dobranski: The Demon in Business Class (forthcoming)