Monday, September 16, 2013

STL Writer's Room

Hey all! In response to last week's conversation about writing spaces, Austin Skinner, owner of the STL Writer's room, has a few paragraphs to contribute:

True. Writers can write anywhere. And they can put up with just about anything if a deadline calls for it. But really, the mark of a good space is productivity. And people require different things to find it; some need a window, some need a wall.  
But if you haven’t found your answer to Andrew’s question—if your space leaves you wanting—I’d like to suggest the STL Writers’ Room. It’s all the good things about leaving your house without any of the interruptions—music or otherwise. In fact, it’s even more than that. It’s a workspace wholly designed for writers. Imagine a quiet, inspiring building with plenty of outlets and 12-foot windows facing the St. Louis skyline. Now imagine working there alongside other writers busy in their own drafts. And let’s throw in a microbrew across the street for good measure. Do you think you could get more done in two hours there than in six hours at home? Can your space do that?
The STL Writers’ Room is a membership organization open 24/7 to writers of all stripes. With individual workstations and a collaborative space for group projects / peer review / workshops, the Writers’ Room offers a perfect balance of community and solitude.
Memberships options vary, but a full-time membership works out to $3.74 per day, which is probably less than that premium latte you’re buying at the cafĂ© just to keep the eyes off you. Oh, and coffee’s free at the Writers’ Room.
Overstuffed couches and bookcases add to the atmosphere. It’s a great place to spend a few hours—or the entire day—getting the most out of your time spent writing. Interested in writing with us? Check it out at
—Austin Skinner
The beautiful STL Writers' Room


  1. Nice blog site, Andrew! :)

    Thanks for sharing,


  2. Andrew,

    I recently read Paula Balzer's Writing and Selling Your Memoir. She covered writing spaces, and described those like STL Writer's Room. I considered such spaces, and concluded St. Louis unlikely to host any. Thank you for informing me on this issue. STL Writer's Room is a beautiful space.

    I look forward to more posts.


    1. Thanks, Khrystal! How was that book? Did you come away feeling more informed about memoir writing, or was it pretty much par for the craft?

    2. I found Writing and Selling Your Memoir very informing. I had not considered developing a platform, and other aspects covered by the book. Balzer's exercises are simple, yet effective tools. She also included many other books on the topics she covered. I am about to finish Bird by Bird that she listed regarding first drafts. I cannot speak as to par for the craft, as I am a newbie to memoir writing. Balzer's book is memoir specific. Bird by Bird speaks to general writing, and relates more to fictional writing. Perhaps the best advice I took away from Balzer is developing a schedule and goals for both writing and developing a platform.
      My past writing experience is quite technical and research oriented. I wrote onto Law Review, and wrote Motions, Briefs, Appeals, Demand Letters, and other legal writings in my legal career. Memoir writing is a new adventure.

    3. Oh, yes, those are two drastically different areas. They require entirely separate rhetoric. It will be interesting to see how much or how little of your technical approach to speech finds its way into your memoir writing. Please share it with us when you can!