Finding the Write Words

The Write Place

April 30, 2012

Tags: "Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark."

The quote from Annie Dillard writer of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, published in 1974. She was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction the following year. I read this today on The Writer's Almanac just as I was about to get on my bike and go to a mountain cafe about 5k from where I live. I love the view. I find it inspiring. Am curious to know where other artists choose to work and if the venue changes depending on the work.


  1. April 30, 2012 3:38 AM IDT
    hey wait, Anne Dillard, had a cabin in the woods and wandered those woods to write. I bet it was pretty nice. True, "Getting set up" making the perfect workspace or NOT working because you have no studio, is a time honored trick of some procrastinators. But I think especially for women who tend to put others needs before their own and don't have a room of their own to work, setting aside space and making it useable in a pleasing way= good light, comfortable chair and NOT for storage and clutter, is a way to take your self seriously and honor the professional commitment of your craft. on the other hand, I've gotten good work done in many odd places, on trains, in hotel rooms even in my car in parking garages between appointments..when the muse wants to chat you want to be there to listen. Now I carry an extra bag of art supplies and notebook in the trunk of my car and NEVER leave home with out it, just in case some time might open up when I am away from the studio. Come visit me there to see my collages and paintings and books and a spectacular view and spend the afternoon writing or drawing with me.
    - Judith Margolis

BEING ROMEO a one-act comedy of errors. PLAYS Magazine.
A short story of friendship, romance and an oncology ward. First published in Cicada Magazine, won second place in the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award Competition in 2006
This poem was first published in Cicada Magazine, June 2006 won first prize SCBWI Magazine Merit Award, 2007.
by Anna Levine, first published in Cricket Magazine, 2004. Translated into Spanish
This poem was first published in Cricket Magazine, January, 2005 1st runner up of SCBWI magazine merit award 2006
And yet another poem to share