Tuesday, September 6, 2016

What is CoWork Space? How Does it Relate to Third Place?

One of the services we're trying to provide through Harbor House is a comfortable and productive "third place." 

The concept of the  third place is defined by Ray Oldenburg in his influential book The Great Good Place, (1989, 1991) as "the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home ('first place') and the workplace ('second place'). Examples of third places are environments such as cafes, clubs or parks. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place

For the writer these are places of both work and social interaction with peers. Coffee shops are often the catch-all go-to for such a place and they can work for some, but we all realize they aren't ideal.

Author Andy R. Bunch, writing about Harbor House, put it this way:

"This is the great white whale folks. Spoken of in guarded whispers whenever writers gather in darkened coffee shops. Dreamed of by Indies around the globe, '...what if there was a place to write that actually catered to writers and artists...what if there was a place you could meet other writers and workshop ideas without a coffee shop employee checking their watch and giving you dirty looks...what if you could get feedback from a peer on something you're not sure about without paying for a full edit...what if writers and artists could meet new, like-minded peeps casually because they had a place to go...'"

What we're talking about is a place (a shared creative space) to carry on the entire business of writing within a framework or setting that encourages and facilitates productivity. It's a model that is working across the globe--especially here in the states.

In an article for Forbes Patrick Hull writes about shared work spaces. He's not the only one to have addressed this phenomenon, but his article is a good introduction. Here's another explanation:

The concept can be even better understood by looking at one or more of the firms that offer cowork space to business people in general, such as CoLab of Port Townsend, Wash. A quick peek at their website will have you in love with the idea (but maybe not with the price).

Harbor House will provide a very similar, but "homier," experience for writers, illustrators and other artists at a fraction of the cost. Our seminars, workshops and other gatherings will also be offered at much less than most other (what we feel are overpriced) writing centers.

So, this is great news! If you're near enough to Aberdeen, Wash. to take advantage of what we have to offer. We only wish we could be everywhere.

To find out more about what we have to offer browse this website.


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