I hear these advertisements on the radio for shared office space solutions. The ads are targeted to home-based businesses, mobile sales people, and freelancers who need a professional meeting room, someone to answer a phone, or the occasional place to work, free of distraction. These shared office spaces are utilitarian in nature, but they save the clients money compared to the cost and length of contract of having their own office.
There are days, writing at home, when I wish there was a low-cost option like this available for writers and other creatives. The modern library is not a quiet place to work. Going to a bookstore or coffee shop is an okay solution, sometimes, but there are other times when what I really need is a separate, quiet space where writing is the only possible outlet.
I envision a simple, but professional space, with multiple cubby-hole offices where writers can go to work. There would be a public space, too, for book clubs or writing workshops or public readings. It would be comfortable, but not fancy. We could have bookshelves where the writers could donate books and literary journals. Some of the books would be part of the permanent collection, others could make up a self-policed lending library. There could even be regularly scheduled social events to allow writers to meet and talk and encourage each other in their work.
It seems to me there should be enough of a writer’s community here in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas to support such an endeavor. I would love to be a part of something like this.
Is there anything like this where you live? If so, please share. I’d love to learn more about how to make a writer’s salon a reality.