My Writing Space: Janet Caplan

“My Writing Space” is a series about writers and the places in which they write. To contribute, send a photo of your writing space along with a paragraph or two describing it and its influence on your writing to beaver[at] with the subject line “My Writing Space.”


This is my writing space or cubby. It occupies a corner of my bedroom. A long skylight sits over the desk. Through it I can see the tops of some very tall cedar trees and of course I can experience all sorts of weather at close, but dry range. The window provides distraction or inspiration as the mood strikes.

The furniture is intentionally small in scale in order to fit the space—it works, but I could definitely use more writing surface since I often start out with pen and paper before moving on to my laptop. Close at hand are an old dictionary and thesaurus, long forsaken for their online versions, but still part of my landscape. A variety of books on writing reside in the bookcase along with collections of short stories, novels and memoirs. Storage under my desk houses writing magazines and copies of journals in which some of my own work has appeared.

In looking at this photograph I am so aware of all of the knickknacks—some might say clutter—around my space. It really doesn’t feel that way and in many ways these items, all meaningful and to a large degree, of a theme, provide some stimulation or spark. Place is an important element in my writing and these rocks and seashells, nautical figures and photos of boat docks all represent my favourite seaside locations.

I love my cubby. It’s small and personal and mine. There is no door but when other members of my household approach there is just the slightest hesitancy, as if they are knocking first before entering my sanctuary.

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