New Manhattan Writer’s Space: Perfect for Moms Who Need a Quiet Place

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The Village Quill, a new writer's workspace in Tribeca, provides a haven for a number of work-at-home writers with kids. For the monthly cost of a parking garage, parents can get away from the distractions of home and work more efficiently.

When Hilary Reyl, a devoted mother of twin girls, needed a few hours a day to work on her novel, she joined The Village Quill, a new writer’s work space in Tribeca.

Located in a historic loft on 106 Franklin St., The Village Quill provided Ms. Reyl with a spacious desk, high-speed Internet access, and a lounge and library.

“The Quill is a space of sanity and focus for me,” says Ms. Reyl, a resident of Tribeca. “No one turns off my computer mid-sentence or climbs on me. It’s allowed me to separate work and life with my two year-olds in a way that makes both more fulfilling.”

Since it opened in January, 2005, The Village Quill has been a haven for a number of work-at-home writers with kids, including journalists from The New York Times, published poets, and television screenwriters.

In a fast-paced city with more writers and publishers than any other in the world, Manhattan’s legendary shoe-box sized apartments and cash-strapped public libraries have often posed a challenge to a freelancer’s productivity. And for many of New York’s writers, the local Starbucks just doesn’t help their all-important need for focus.

At The Village Quill, writers can get away from the cramped walls of their apartments – or the distractions of their children – and work more efficiently in a place dedicated to the literary success of its members. And for less than the cost of Manhattan parking space!

In addition, members often meet to discuss their work with peers at The Village Quill. Whether through Quill-sponsored happy hours or informal talks in the loft’s lounge area, writers get both the solitude they need and the sense of community they crave.

To build a community of creative professionals, The Village Quill also hosts monthly art openings, regular author readings, as well as writer’s workshops for emerging authors.

For further information, go to, or call 212.226.0442.

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