Bus stop poetryThe hardest part about writing isn’t putting words on the page. It’s giving yourself the permission to sit down, to shut out the world, and to devote a good part of your day to words. The Downtown Writers Hack is a day set aside for writers to get together and do just that.

Before we’d even stepped foot into our coworking space, I knew we’d come to the right place. Just outside the entrance and next to the Cultural Trail was a bus stop engraved with poetry.

The Hinge is a wonderful coworking space. For $100, we rented a conference room for 4 hours, which allowed us to shut the door and write. Our room even came with a multi-plug charger that could hold 10 different chargers and multiple USB plugs.

When we needed to stretch our legs for a minute, we snuck away to Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company, which was less than a block away. And after our session ended at 1 p.m., we at lunch at ROOK Indianapolis, which serves amazing contemporary Asian cuisine

Notes from the #writershack


Lacey, Aiste, Meg, Sara, and Siara near the end of the Writers Hack at The Hinge in Indianapolis.

Lacey, Aiste, Meg, Sara, and Siara near the end of the Writers Hack at The Hinge in Indianapolis.

Writer: Meg Falat

  • Twitter: @mfalat
  • Project: Invictus story outline/ First scene

Why the Hack

I went to the Writers Hack to be amongst other writers and set myself in an atmosphere where I thought would be a great opportunity to get writing done.

I knew that placing myself along with other writers would give me the extra push I needed to propel myself forward with my Invictus story.

The Benefit

I benefitted writing in a group setting by getting feedback from others writers about my story. Hearing other writers talk to me about my writing in person was way more helpful than talking over the Internet because we were allowed to have conversations without any delays. Hearing others’ opinions in person is more touching and I personally take it to heart more.


Writer: Sara Nahrwold

Why the Hack

I am in the Invictus Writers group and my professor in charge of that put it on. I enjoy writing with other writers, asking questions of other people’s writing and answering questions people have of my own. I thought this would be a good chance to meet with Invictus Writers and others to write and collaborate. It was a great chance to have four hours of quiet focus to really write and edit.

The Benefit

The benefit I got from writing in a group setting was being able to collaborate on outlines and scenes in real time to get feedback. As a writer, it’s very important to discuss one’s work and read other people’s work to improve. I was able to help edit some other Invictus Writers outlines, answer and ask questions to help improve clarity and work on my own writing as well. It was nice to set aside a block of time like that with others. It was a very successful writers hack and I look forward to the next one!


Writer: Lacey Lord

  • Twitter: @laceygl
  • Project: Life after the English Major Blog

Why the Hack

I have missed the environment I first experienced as a member of The Invictus Writers, and I needed to write somewhere other than my house.

The Benefit

Writing in a group setting always seems to make me more productive (if we all actually write). Also, being around other writers is helpful when I get stuck on something or if I just need to talk to someone who understands how ridiculously difficult writing can be.


Writer: Aiste Manfredini

Why the Hack

I wanted to meet other serious writers to discuss the storytelling process and writing. My hope was to receive effective feedback on the story I am currently writing. I was also interested to know what other writers outside of the Invictus group were doing with their craft.

The Benefit

When I surround myself with other writers in a group setting I am more at ease with my writing. I do less self-criticizing and more writing knowing that each writer around me has a different writing background and would be willing to give me honest advice. I was glad to have one-to-one conversations to receive specific feedback on my story, because not only is it helpful (and much appreciated) but also allowed me to get to know other writers. It was comforting to know that I was not alone in tackling the challenges of the storytelling process.


Writer: Siara Sparkman

Why the Hack

I came to the writers hack to make progress on my fashion blog/website and I did! I added categories, tags, photo captions and made my entire website look better. I also worked on my maid of honor speech for a wedding next weekend.

The Benefit

It was nice being surrounded by people who understood/respected what I was doing. I don’t always have that so being in a group setting like that was very refreshing.

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