The Writing Hour is a writers' group based in Baltimore, MD that makes space and time for people to work on their creative projects amid busy lives and the weight of the world, and to build community among all such people pursuing this.
We are not genre based and encourage different minds; whether you're working on a novel, screenplay, thesis, poetry, journaling, writing a dissertation, blogging, writing a fantasy trilogy, nonfiction, books with art. We also love visitors from afar, so if you're in town and want to drop by, we'll be very welcoming.
As such, over the years our group has become a highly diverse collection of people, bonded, sometimes solely, by their writing. Diversity is what keeps us young :p
We now meet every Sunday. This is unstructured time to get together and write. We do not provide prompts, criticism, or guidance, but we do sometimes talk about our projects and get feedback.
- 1st and 3rd Sundays: The Creative Labs in Woodberry, from 10am-2pm
- 2nd and 4th Sundays: Baltimore Science Fiction Society near Highlandtown, from 12pm - 3pm
Writing Hour started in March 2012 in an effort to bring lonely people together. For the first year, the group of ~6 was nomadic, traveling primarily among libraries in north Baltimore and making camp behind the glass doors of study rooms that yet failed to keep out the cries of children who don't want to read and Goucher students.
By a fortuitous act of Googling, the group found an organization called Litmore in 2013 or 2014. This organization, also comprised of a small core of people and existing on a shoestring, rented an entire old house in Mt. Washington with myriad small rooms and a woefully underutilized attic, annexed to a white church sitting atop a hill overlooking Mt. Washington Pizza and Subs. This was our home for ~2 years until the house was sold by its owners and Litmore, now also homeless, relocated to the Schwing Building in Hampden. We followed.
With the breakup of Litmore less than a year later, our group also went on an indefinite hiatus. About 6 months after that, Writing Hour resurfaced like a phoenix, this time at the hostel in Mt. Vernon, HI Baltimore. I believe that of all the places we have been fortunate to call home, the hostel best embodied our own ethos; for, though we are a writers' group, or a group to come and write, we are not bound by genre or writing conventions, standards, guidelines, etc. That is not the true point. The hostel was an open and global community at a crossroads of people; we were a diverse community within a diverse community, and had the fortune to meet many interesting people in passing. There is also something synergistic about working in a place that is in line with yourself, as anyone likely understands.
Unfortunately, the hostel closed very suddenly, but after some research, we're now very lucky to be meeting in the spaces of two more great communities supporting that for which money and other support is not often given (Creative Labs, and the Baltimore Science Fiction Society).
The reason we're around is to keep up this kind of activity, activity not necessary for everyday functioning and which are the first to get cut when times are tough (and times are tough), by making a time and place that's essentially a carte blanche, and hoping it helps people to develop and grow what it just their own, funding, family, obligation, opinion aside.