Writers Room DC

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 info@writersroomdc.com. 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)

User Reviews

“All I can say is that my first trip to the Writers Room far exceeded my expectations. I’d just begun working on a memoir and I worked virtually without distraction for three hours. I got more done here than I would have at home in twice the time (or more). It’s a terrific environment. (BTW, subsequent trips have been the same.)”

 - Herta Feely, author and editor. www.chrysaliseditorial.com

“Why do I go to Writers Room DC? It is because of the distraction free zone it provides. In my space at home I have my dog and innumerable other cute distractions. At the coffee shop, pastries and the beat of the music take me away. The Writers Room is cool because it has a Zen like austerity, and coffee in the common room. It has other writers there for inspiration but not interruption. And it is open whenever I want to go, 24-7. No excuses anymore!”

 - Matteo Pistono, author of In the Shadow of the Buddha: Secret Journeys, Sacred Histories, and Spiritual Discovery in Tibet. www.matteopistono.com

“Writing at the Writers Room isn't just quiet and serene. It's a professional destination where my unconscious mind knows to get right to work as soon as I slip into a carrel. Although I have a desk at home I've written more and written better since joining the Writers Room. Bravo and many thanks Charles and Writers Room team!”

  - Tami Lewis Brown, author of Soar, Elinor! and The Map of Me. www.tamilewisbrown.com
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