Space to Write

Do you need a quiet place to write?

Sometimes it can be hard to find a quiet space to write – away from family, internet and the distractions of home (ever noticed that nothing ever needs to be tidied until it’s time to sit down and get some writing done?). Our writing rooms are situated in Sydney in the beautiful and peaceful Garry Owen House in Callan Park, Lilyfield, and are a great place to go when you need to find that much-needed quiet and concentration.

There are two options available for members who would like to use a room in our building:

  • Casual writing rooms (short-term)
  • Shared writers’ space (long-term)

These rooms are located on the first floor and unfortunately are not wheelchair accessible. If you would like to book an accessible writing space on our ground floor, please contact us. For information about getting to Writing NSW, please visit our Location page.

Casual writing rooms

Casual use of writing rooms is a members-only service and there is no cost involved. Simply contact us to see if a room is available, book it for the day and spend time focusing on your project.

This service is only available during office hours. Bookings are essential, though casual.

Note: this service is strictly short-term and spaces may only be booked one week ahead of time.

Shared writers’ space

Writing NSW has a dedicated writers’ space for hire by up to four writers.

You will share the space with other writers in a peaceful, quiet location overlooking the greenery of Callan Park. With your own desk area available 7 days per week, this is a quiet space designed to remove you from daily distractions and to give you space to concentrate on writing.

To minimise disruptions there is no Wi-fi and we ask that mobile phones are kept on silent and calls taken outside the room.

Renting your space includes:

  • your assigned desk and chair
  • bookcase
  • pedestal drawers
  • room divider
  • 24 hour access with security code
  • access to B&W and colour printing (at very reasonable print rates)
  • meeting room hire (discounted 10% for members)
  • kitchen and bathroom facilities

Fee: $250 per month (incl. GST), payable monthly in advance.
Refundable bond and key deposit: $250

This opportunity is available for Writing NSW members only. Minimum hire period is 1 month. See the Application Form for full terms and conditions.

To apply, please complete the Application Form and follow the submission instructions.

‘Having a desk space at Writing NSW was integral for making progress with my novel. It became a sanctuary for me, with a window overlooking a Magnolia tree. Being surrounded by beautiful Callan Park was perfect for long walks to think through problems, and the Writing NSW team were always so friendly and accommodating.’ – Emily, Writing NSW member


We are grateful to the Inner West Council for their support for our casual writing spaces.

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