Founded in 2005, Paragraph is a membership organization dedicated to providing an affordable and tranquil working environment for writers of all genres. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Paragraph was created by writers for writers, with an understanding that writers work best in a quiet, comfortable space away from the hurry and obligation of daily life.
Williamsburg Photo Credit: Julia Califano
Paragraph has two locations -- one on 14th Street close to Union Square and the other in Williamsburg close to McCarren Park. They are both loft-like spaces on the top floor with exposed brick walls and natural light through high windows and skylights.
Both spaces are divided into two areas — a writing room and a kitchen/cafe area. The writing room has partitioned desks where writers work in a quiet, focused atmosphere. Workspaces provide privacy, with sight lines blocked from other writers. They also feature couch/lounge areas to take breaks, catch up on reading or take a nap, and lots of books and periodicals and more books. We love books!
The kitchen/cafe is separated from the writing space by sound-proofed walls. The kitchen is the place where writers can be social or have a meal, make coffee or tea. It is furnished with cafe seating, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, and complimentary coffee and tea. There is a high-speed printer with unlimited printing (bring your own paper). Lockers are available to rent.
More than just a set of desks, Paragraph is a community of novelists, short story writers, journalists, editors, technical writers, memoirists, screenwriters, playwrights, and writers of all other mediums and genres imaginable at various levels of their careers.
This community can often serve as a support network that many writers find missing when they work from the confines of their bedroom or home office.
Our community is leveraged in the form of monthly events, a reading series at KGB, along with the occasional happy hour to help propel writers looking to get published for the first time, or the more experienced writer looking to expand their audience or experiment in a new medium.
Paragraph is where writers write. It is our core mission to provide a space where creativity can flourish. We are proud of the many works that have gone on to be published, produced, or awarded in many different forms and mediums. Here is a brief list of many of the works conceived, written, or edited in our space, and the varied publications that our writers have written for.
Lee Bob Black
Office Manager, Williamsburg
Office & Community Manager, Union Square
Office Assistant, Williamsburg
Office Assistant, Union Square & Williamsburg