The Grotto is a workplace for professional-level narrative artists–which is to say, people whose work involves the creation of stories. These include fiction and nonfiction writers, but also filmmakers, documentarians, print and radio journalists, and those who publish/produce new media. We don’t offer studio space to performing or visual artists, but we do honor them with special events and gallery exhibits on our walls.
Some members of the Grotto have their own offices. Some share an office, and some work in common areas. Everyone gets to choose their level of interaction, which usually varies from day to day. We respect isolation and focus, but we also offer each other a degree of sociability when it’s time to emerge.
Lunches are usually a communal occasion, and we often invite visiting writers, editors, agents, filmmakers or other luminaries to join us. We have a small but growing library, featuring not only published books but unpublished materials such as screenplays and book proposals. We have two conference rooms, where specialized support groups meet. We have a lively in-house book club. At least two or three times a year, we find an excuse to throw a party.
We also reach out to the greater creative community by offering classes. These are primarily taught by Grotto members, and no one teaches a genre they haven’t worked in directly. If you take a class here in memoir, it’ll be taught by a published memoirist.
On a day-to-day basis, we’re about as loosely organized as possible. Everyone has a chore that they’re responsible for carrying out, such as doing the recycling or updating this website. Some of us also contribute to committees formed for various purposes, such as planning events or maintaining the library. Our shared focus remains the support of the creative process, spurring and cheering each other on as we grapple with our sundry muses.