The Queens Writers Fellowship is essentially the second desk in my sunny office, here in Astoria. It’s open to any Queens-based writer or general freelancer who needs to buckle down and get sh*t done.
As I said in my first post about the fellowship, I work better when there are other people around to keep me honest–it’s the coffee shop effect. But I think it’s much better to be at home, where the coffee is basically free and people won’t steal your stuff when you go to the bathroom. Plus, why let Brooklyn writers have all the fun?
The schedule for the fellowship is, admittedly, a little erratic. I am a travel writer, after all, and that calls for me being out of town a bit. But when I’m home, I’m usually in full-bore work mode and really welcome having people around to keep me focused. I’ll announce whenever the desk is free on the blog and call for fresh applicants, but if you’re interested in general, drop me an email and let me know.
I’d love to build up a community of writers and workers-from-home in Queens so we can all keep each other on track, and off the cute-baby-animal-of-the-day websites.
Since it started in January 2011, the Winslow Place Home for Wayward Writers has taken in:
- Heather Hughes
- Kate Payne
- Sara Markel-Gonzalez
- Jeff Orlick
- Alla Katsnelson
- Naomi Major
- Annia Ciezadlo
You can read all posts about the Queens Writers Fellowship here.
[In the time since I've started this, some co-working spaces have opened. Here is a good summary. I've heard Flux Factory also rents desk space, and as of early summer 2014, Queens Writing Studio was looking to start up.]
If you can’t join me here in Queens, but still need a writing boost, try the Freelance Writers Self-esteem Generator.