Friday, October 05, 2012

Where to Go to Write in Washington DC? Writers Room DC

Alas, this is not for me at this time, but wow, truly, this a very welcome development in the Washington DC literary community because for those writing books, a quiet, dedicated space in which to work is a godspeed:

Dear Ms. Mayo, 
Over the past months, you and quite a few other writers have indicated an interest in having available in DC a quiet, comfortable, convenient, and affordable workspace for serious writers of fiction and non-fiction. As we recently announced, Writers Room DC is about to open just such a space. Specifically, we plan to open for business at nine o’clock on Monday morning, October 15th, eleven days from today. 
Where: Writers Room DC is to be located in suite 510 at 4000 Albemarle Street, NW, which is close to the southeast corner of Wisconsin and Albemarle and directly across Albemarle from the Tenley Metro.

What we offer: Writers Room DC will feature eighteen workstations, comfortable chairs for breaks and contemplation, a small kitchen with a couple of tables, free wi-fi, free printing, and free coffee. Besides the great Metro access, there is convenient on-street parking, a nice view northward up Wisconsin Ave., windows that open, a Whole Foods across the street, and a variety of good eating spots nearby. Members will have access to the space 24/7.

Please come to one of our upcoming Open Houses and sign up for a free trial week.

(1) The Open Houses are being held between 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday the 12th (a week from tomorrow), Saturday the 13th, and Sunday the 14th. To get into the building, hit 7777* on the small, plastic keypad to the right of the building entrance. Then take the elevator up to suite 510. We’ll welcome you with a tour and a cup of coffee or tea. 
(2) While you’re looking at the space, give us a minute or two to explain our simple membership options. Memberships will run as little as $130 per month. (That’s $4.27 a day. Two regular coffees at Starbucks and a Washington Post would set you back $4.86.) To celebrate our kick-off month, we’re waiving the initiation fee.

(3) If you like what you see, sign up on the spot for a free trial week, which is just what its name implies. Use the space for up to a week. If WRDC isn’t for you, you don’t owe us a cent. If you do want to join, we’ll begin charging you each month, but that first week will have been free in any case. (This offer will probably be discontinued once we open.)

To take advantage of the free trial week, you will be asked to fill out a one-page application. We’ll also take your credit card information. But we will tear up that information without charging a penny against your card—unless you want to join after you’ve had a chance to try the space.

Please note that there will be a new members’ welcome party on Sunday, October 28th from 6 until 8 p.m.

One last thing. We would very much appreciate it if you would tell friends who might be interested in Writers Room DC about our upcoming Open Houses, or bring them with you when you come. We will look forward to welcoming them as well.

Yours sincerely,

Charles Karelis
Alex Karelis