The Writers’ Room

Introducing The Writers’ Room

The Writers’ Room is a space dedicated to the development of writers in Thanet. Housed at Marine Studios in Margate, the Writers’ Room provides a hub for writers of all backgrounds and means. It’s a space designed to bring together writers and members of the wider creative community, supporting the local literary ecosystem to grow alongside Margate’s vibrant art scene. 

 

A collaboration born in Marine Studios 

The Writers’ Room is a partnership between Co-relate Communication CIC Kent Poetry CIC and HKD, which founded Marine Studios in 2009 as Margate’s first co-working space. 

It’s home to a mix of local literary organisations, writers and creatives. Current residents include Margate Bookie lit fest and Babeslam founder Ellie Ward

 

Making space for writers of all means and backgrounds 

The Writers’ Room includes subsidised desks for low-income writers who may not otherwise be able to access a regular work space. Offering an antidote to the often isolating experience of being a writer, the Writer’s Room is a welcoming hub where writers can be part of a community while having space to focus on their work. 

 

Going beyond co-working 

More than a desk in a co-working space, the Writers’ Room offers a poetry library, regular development and support programming, including prose and poetry critique groups. Writers have the opportunity to attend talks by and network with industry professionals as part of the monthly Marine Studio’s First Fridays. They also have access to bookable meeting rooms and peer support. 

 

Join the Writers’ Room 

Whether you want to use the libraries and meeting rooms or find a permanent desk space, contact info@marinestudios.co.uk to arrange a visit.

Writers can use the Writers’ Room desks for £5/day including tea/coffee. Please text Jess on 078 9145 8717 to check availability.

 

What’s On:

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First Friday (first Friday of the month)

See the Marine Studios events page.

Writer’s Block (second & fourth Friday of the month)

Friday 9th February & Friday 23rd February, 9.30am-12.30pm / Marine Studios

Join us at Marine Studios for another 3-hour writing sprint with sea views! Give those projects, poems and plays the time they deserve, with a focused 3 hours of peace with like-minded writers.

DM @writersblockmargate to book your space

Close Reading Poetry Club: You’re so deep! (third Friday of the month)

Friday 16th February 10am-12pm / Marine Studios

A monthly close reading group, for anyone who wants to delve deeper into verse and its nuances.

Session #1: The poetics of the everyday, facilitated by Poppy Cockburn

For this first session, we’ll be reading and reflecting on poems by David Berman, Frank O’Hara, Jesse Darling and more, in relation to how they draw from the everyday and its specificities, how it shows up and when it’s most effective.

O’Hara’s poems, so full of names and places and events, are exquisite ledgers for the tallying of reality” — The New Yorker

RSVP or questions @marinestudios_margate / info@marinestudios.co.uk

Margate Stanza Poetry Group (third Tuesday or Wednesday of the month)

Wednesday 21st February 6.30-8.30pm / Marine Studios

A friendly poetry critique group where you’re encouraged to bring and read a poem you’re working on and receive feedback from the group – giving and receiving constructive critique is a powerful way to improve your writing so please bring along drafts or poems with problems you want solved.

RSVP or questions @marinestudios_margate / info@marinestudios.co.uk

 

We want your ideas

How would you like to use the Writers’ Room? This is a resource for our community so if you have events you’d like to run or projects you’d like to do, please get in touch and we’ll see how we can help.

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