2015 Fellowship Update

IMG_2015The submission period for our Fellowship is officially closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted this year, we got a record number of entries.

We are a little blown away by the quality of scripts we’ve read so far.You all are not making this decision easy (but you are keeping us very entertained).

Check back at the end of this month to see who we’ve picked as our winner, and keep an eye on twitter for updates.

Thank you!

Matthew Weiner’s Advice to Struggling Artists

tumblr_n7ahbjN0rr1qdlbcro4_1280“While being battered always hurts, an important survival mechanism I’ve acquired over the years is to both thrive on rejection and hold on to compliments. Rejection enrages me, but that ‘I’ll show you!’ feeling is an extremely powerful motivator. I’m at a point now where I’m afraid that if I lose it I’ll stop working. On the flip side, there’s nothing like a meaningful compliment from someone you respect. In my youth I was a miserable student and rarely did my homework. My fourth grade teacher once pulled me aside and let me have it. She said, ‘Talking to you is like talking down the drain; you don’t hear anything. You think you are going to make it through the rest of your life because you are charming. You think you don’t have to do all the work—but you do.’ I remember looking up at her after this tirade and saying, ‘You think I’m charming?'”

Read the rest of his Fast Company piece here.

New Pictures of Our Space

Linda Abbott recently took some incredible pictures of theOffice. Have a look…

This one gives a great sense of the entire space.
The south wall.
He’s enjoying those Bose headphones – which we offer to all our members.
That reflection!
Natural light floods in like this in the morning.
Chattin’ on our sunny patio.
Here’s a shot of our “It Was Written Here” wall. Recognize any names?
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Come visit us on 26th St!


Maya Angelou on Who She Writes For


“It’s myself . . . and my reader. I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool—and I’m not any of those—to say that I don’t write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues. There’s a phrase in West Africa, in Ghana; it’s called “deep talk.” For instance, there’s a saying: “The trouble for the thief is not how to steal the chief’s bugle but where to blow it.” Now, on the face of it, one understands that. But when you really think about it, it takes you deeper. In West Africa they call that “deep talk.” I’d like to think I write “deep talk.” When you read me, you should be able to say, Gosh, that’s pretty. That’s lovely. That’s nice. Maybe there’s something else? Better read it again.”

From an interview in the Paris Review.