My colleague, biomedical editor Anna Sharman, started an interesting discussion on the SfEP's discussion board recently about coworking and workhubs. I'm reposting here with Anna's kind permission. Of particular note is the special London-based event coming up in October (see below) – a free coworking day for writers and editors. If you're curious about what's on offer, and you're based in or near to south-west London (or you're prepared to travel), this is surely worth a visit.
Over to Anna ...
For the past year I have been using a workhub (or shared office) for most of my work. It works really well for me: I have definitely been getting more done than when I work from home, I've enjoyed having a bit of company in breaks, and I've got some great business tips from other members and from workshops run there. There aren't many workhubs around yet, but I think they are expanding in cities. Mine is Third Door, between Wandsworth and Putney in south London. Third Door is unique in that it combines a nursery with a workspace, so members with small children can get on with work while being near their kids. The workhub is surprisingly good value given that I think it has helped my income go up (I gather the nursery is very good but I don't use it myself).
Every two weeks they have a "coworking day" when it is free for anyone to come and work in the workhub for the day. I'd highly recommend anyone to try it on one of these days if they're within reach of Third Door. They are generally on the second and fourth Friday of the month.
And there is a special event coming up: a free coworking day specifically for writers and editors. There are quite a few members now who write or edit for a living, and the owners would like to attract more. It is on Friday 26th October, and you can see details at Third Door's Writers and Editors Coworking Day. It would be great if you could RSVP there but it isn't essential. You will be able to get on with your own work (bring your laptop) but there should also be a chance to talk to other editors and writers and share tips. If you would like childcare for the day it looks like this will be possible, but I don't yet know how much this will be.
Feel free to ask me more about coworking, Third Door or this event. [Contact Anna direct or leave a comment below.]
Copyright 2012 Anna Sharman
If you know of other workhubs, in the UK or further afield, which offer coworking opportunities for editorial freelancers and writers, please feel free to share the links in the Comments. It would be great to build a list of resources.
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