If you’re a writer looking for inspiration, ideas or work space, there hardly seems a better place to live these days than near Larchmont Village. Sure, Bricks & Scones is still swamped with writers pecking out screenplays on their laptops, and your own backyard or office works pretty well. But many writers get tired of the isolation or the required cappuccino purchases, and would relish a place to gather and create, alongside other scribes to get something down on paper.
FIVE NIGHTS FIVE TARTS. Hosted by writer Devon O’Brien in her Larchmont Village home, Five Nights, Five Tarts is a weekly space for a small group of writers to shut down their phones and computers, to step out of the ordinary day and demands, and just write. Created for writers of any level, working on a project of any genre and at any stage in its development, the workshop gives participants a dedicated space and time to develop their play, poem or pilot, their novel or short story, college essay or dissertation, a love letter, screenplay or blog. The only requirement for enrollment is a desire to write.
“The secret to writing is staying in the chair: the best writer is often the one who stays in the chair the longest,” O’Brien says. Five Nights, Five Tarts is more of a writing workshop than a writing class. O’Brien reads writer’s work weekly outside of the workshop so she is familiar with writer’s ideas and projects, but gives them the focused time to sit for two hours in the comfort of her home and work away, alongside other writers.
The best part? While the writers are writing, she’s baking a fresh tart (she’s made over 100 tarts so far.) The final hour of workshop is for discussion and reading, all over a warm tart fresh out of the oven. Admission is rolling for any five-week session, gatherings happen on Wednesday evenings, from 7-10 pm. Learn more at Five Nights Five Tarts.
THE HATCHERY: A Workspace for Writers to Write. Freshly hatched in February, the Hatchery Press in North Larchmont, just off the boulevard on Clinton Ave, provides an open quiet space for writers to congregate yet still sit down to get some work done.
The Hatchery is designed with varied work environments – including a lounge, a quiet writers studio, a rooftop patio, and workstation layouts – all with fast free wi-fi, free printing and scanning, and access to a lending library. Best of all, the Hatchery offers classes and workshops weekly, including such things as a Wednesday Night Workshop, poetry classes, and screenwriters critique workshops. The price to join is $100-250/month – often less than buying a daily cappuccino at the coffee shop – and offers writers a professional place to work from.
The Hatchery is having its Grand Opening this Thursday, April 16 from 5-8 pm, open to the public and offering free drink and food. Exclusive to the grand opening, Christina McDowell will be reading from her new book, “After Perfect” her unflinching memoir called a brutally honest, cautionary tale about one family’s destruction in the wake of the Wall Street implosion. Stop in to get inspired and see the space. Get more information at The Hatchery online.