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Philip Roth writes standing up at a lectern facing a wall. Truman Capote favored motel rooms, and preferred to work lying down. Raymond Carver could often be found scribbling away in his car. When asked in an interview, “Where’s the best place to write?” Dorothy Parker responded, “In your head.”

WriteByNight wants to know where you write. Better yet, we want to see. Send us a photo of you in your workspace to be featured on our website. Creativity is highly encouraged, as are attitude and attention to detail. Plan your photo carefully: if you wear glasses when you write, wear ‘em. If you use a lucky pen, make sure it’s prominent. If your desk is usually a disaster area, don’t tidy on our account. We want to see you, WriteByNighters, in your natural habitat.

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Indian River County winter session workshop members (and blog readers worldwide), meet Daniel H. Van Ginhoven, a.k.a. “dan van.” Read More »

For your reading (and mocking) pleasure, here are three poems from Justine’s juvenilia we could all live full lives without. 

I shouldn’t have to deal with that
      wacky faucet.
Hot to cold, cold to hot.
If it had ears, I’d tell it to
      pick a temperature. Read More »

Writers write and grow. That’s what we do. Oftentimes, it feels like that’s all we do. So, in an effort to celebrate what we’re good at, send us work from your childhood or teenage years for inclusion in our newest online series: Writings From a Past Life. We’ll post it here on our blog, and across all the major social media channels.
You know you were a prodigy. Now the world will know too.

The first installment, “The Expendable 38,” comes from WriteByNight owner Justine Tal Goldberg. Goldberg wrote this little story at the ripe age of 13. Her teenage angst was just beginning to sprout. Believe us, it got worse from there. Read More »

There just aren’t enough places outside the home where a writer can work in peace and quiet. Libraries are loud, cafes are expensive, and Starbucks coffee tastes like ass.

That’s why we at WriteByNight created Write Here. Three times a week we take a break from our writers’ services to provide a quiet space for you to write, read, meet other writers, or just kick back and dream. Coffee, snacks, Wi-Fi, writing prompts, several comfy seating areas — what more could a writer ask for? The best part: Write Here is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4 – 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Come whenever you like, and stay for all or part of the time)

WHERE: WriteByNight Headquarters, 1305 E. 6th Street, Suite 4