A message for our local readers

w_officebranding_2018-1487_smIf 2018 has been a tough year for your personal productivity, you are certainly not alone. The world is noisier than ever and making space for oneself in these uncertain times can feel near impossible. For self-generative careers like writing, these are especially challenging times.

That’s why theOFFICE (our physical location here in Santa Monica, CA) exists. Our primary goal is to create a buffer between you and the outside world. We’ve spent the last 15 years learning what makes the perfect workspace — a space that is quiet and distraction-free, with ergonomic seating to keep you agile during those writing marathons; a tranquil space that inspires, allowing you to drop quickly and deeply into the zone and stay there; a space full of other deep-divers just like you, taking the time for themselves, getting the words on the page.

w_officebranding_2018-1713_smWe all deserve this kind of space, even in (and I would say, especially in) noisy times like these. As I type this, there’s only about a two-week wait for membership*. The new year always get busier (with everyone’s resolutions calling) and the holidays will be decimating your productivity before you know it.

If you’re in the area and craving a space for yourself, now is the time. Let theOFFICE be your buffer from the noise.

Warm regards.
Wade
(Partner, theOFFICE)

*Wait times vary and depend on how full the roster is. Please contact us ASAP to get on the list.

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And the winner is…

Kimi Howl Lee

A huge congratulations to Kimi Howl Lee, the winner of this year’s fellowship! Kimi is getting a free 6-month Premium Membership to theOffice. She’ll have her own door code to access the space whenever she wants. Kimi is a screenwriter. She’s fairly new to LA. Her 10-page sample of Mouth left us quite intrigued. We’ll check in with Kimi once she gets settled in here, so we can learn more about the work she’s doing. Stay tuned for that.

And a hearty THANK YOU to everyone who submitted to this year’s fellowship. There were so many exciting, thoughtful entries – screenplays, plays, poems, stories and more. Our judges – Nicole LaPorte, Mark Cullen and David Scarpa – had a very challenging decision. We very much appreciate those of you who shared your talent with us. As writers ourselves, we know the courage and commitment it takes to continually put your work out there, so kudos for showing up – that’s half the battle right there!

For those of you who are local and still looking for a quiet, inspiring space to work, we do hope to offer the fellowship again next year. Please make sure you’re either subscribed to this blog, following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and/or subscribed to our newsletter (at the bottom of theOffice homepage). And don’t forget, we offer a FREE WEEK to all newcomers. Just call or email before heading over, on the day, to confirm we can accommodate you.

All the best of luck on your writing journey!

Warm regards,
Wade and Jordan

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017 Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster of A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why we started our free fellowship over 7 years ago and we’re thrilled once again to offer it to you.

Announcing the 2017 FREE 6-MONTH FELLOWSHIP TO THEOFFICE!

It works like this:

You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with a short email explaining why this fellowship is right for you. Our judges select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2700. The winner gets a private door code to access the space even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including free coffee/tea, Wifi, Aeron workstations and all the peace and quiet you need to get the job done.

theOfficeThis year’s fellowship starts September 1st and goes through February 28th, 2018. It is completely free to enter. The winner will be announced the last week of August. Open to all new/aspiring/up-and-coming writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

This year’s fellowship will be judged by 3 current members of theOffice:

Mark Cullen
A Hollywood vet and longtime member here at theOffice, Mark is the creator of numerous TV shows including Mr. Robinson (with Craig Robinson), Back in the Game (James Caan), Heist, Gary the Rat (Kelsey Grammer) and Lucky (John Corbett). He also co-wrote the feature Cop Out (with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan).

Nicole LaPorte
Nicole is a contributing writer for Fast Company magazine, where she writes about entertainment business and technology. She was formerly a Senior West Coast reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and a monthly columnist for the New York Times Sunday Business section. She’s also the author of The Men Who Would Be King: Moguls, Movies and a Company called DreamWorks.

David Scarpa
David’s screenplay All the Money in the World made the 2015 Blacklist and is currently filming with Ridley Scott at the helm, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey and Michelle Williams. Other screenwriting credits include The Day the Earth Stood Still (Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates) and The Last Castle (Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo).

Pretty cool, right? Okay, so here’s what we need from you…

  1. An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  2. In the body of the email, please briefly explain why you want this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it.
  3. A 10 page pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions please. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com by August 8th, 2017. That’s it. You’re done!


theOffice3Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. If you live across town and hate the commute, this isn’t right for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner. Serious submissions only, please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try things out before submitting, please do! We offer a FREE WEEK to all newcomers. Just be sure to call or email us first, on the day, for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The fellowship is open to ALL up-and-coming writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article, etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “up-and-coming” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For authors, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. This is for new/aspiring/struggling writers only.
  • DEADLINE TO ENTER IS AUGUST 8th, 2017. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free premium membership and is non-transferable.
  • If you have any questions, please either comment here, email theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com or ask us on Twitter: @theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship, so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with fellowship questions.
  • Current members of theOffice are not eligible.
  • Winner will be notified and announced by August 31st.

This is an opportunity to take your craft and career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to get it done, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!theOffice Exterior

*theOffice is closed to ALL members on Mondays 6PM-11PM and Saturdays 8AM-10AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.

QOTD

06subsaunders1-articleLarge-v2.jpgWhy do we love our writing teachers so much? Why, years later, do we think of them with such gratitude? I think it’s because they come along when we need them most, when we are young and vulnerable and are tentatively approaching this craft that our culture doesn’t have much respect for, but which we are beginning to love. They have so much power. They could mock us, disregard us, use us to prop themselves up. But our teachers, if they are good, instead do something almost holy, which we never forget: they take us seriously. They accept us as new members of the guild. They tolerate the under-wonderful stories we write, the dopy things we say, our shaky-legged aesthetic theories, our posturing, because they have been there themselves.

We say: I think I might be a writer.

They say: Good for you. Proceed.

George Saunders via The New Yorker

Gary Glasberg

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We are still reeling from his passing. Gary was one of our very first members here at theOffice. He wrote most of his NCIS scripts here and was a friend to so many of us. Anyone who crossed his path in this business could tell you what a kind and funny and uplifting spirit he had. His was the very first plaque on our It Was Written Here wall back in 2005 and he’s the only member who’s managed to get two plaques up there – a testament to his many years with us as well as his prolific work in television. He will be missed terribly.

We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gary Glasberg. He epitomized the word mensch and brought kindness, integrity and class to everything he did. His remarkable talent as a writer and producer was only matched by his ability to connect with people. Gary was a beloved member of our family and we are so honored that he called CBS his home for so many years. Our hearts go out to his wife, Mimi, two sons, his entire family and all those who loved him.

CBS Television Studios president David Stapf quote in The Hollywood Reporter

RIP Gary.

Word of the Day – Sonder

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“Word of the Day,” is a new type of post. One that will be sprinkled about the blog from time to time.

Although it isn’t a real word it has a beautiful and inspiring definition.

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n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

I have a story, and so do you. Keep that in mind when you rub someone’s elbow on the street, tip your valet, or see a family smiling and laughing in the park. Everyone has a story.

Quote of the Day – Aziz Ansari

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“If you don’t write your own stuff no one is going to write it for you. The chances of someone wanting to take a blind shot for you… it’s not going to happen. No one would have ever have written Master of None for me. I had to do it myself.”

Here’s another dedication to this year’s Emmy award winning shows. Aziz Ansari just won the Emmy for best written comedy. In it’s debut season, “Master of None” has made quite an impression. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely worth a watch. Check out the winning episode, “Parents.” You’ll be hooked after the intro.

More importantly, the only way you’ll get your ideas out there is if you write them down. If you’ve got an idea that your passionate about, there’s an audience out there waiting to see it. Take it from Aziz.