A vibrant and organic writing-group community of graduates and faculty within Cambridge
~ Ora et Labora ~

Dating from the 6th century, scriptorium means "a place for writing" and refers to a room in medieval European monasteries devoted to the writing, copying and illuminating of manuscripts by monastic scribes. They defined European literary culture and selectively preserved the literary history of the West. Not only had Christian monasteries become the centres of learning throughout Europe, but the monastic system contributed toward the founding of Cambridge University in 1209. Predating the university, the Round Church (c.1130) originally served as a wayfarers chapel on the main Roman road where a priest from the ‘Hospital of St. Johns’ (later site for St. John’s College) would minister with hospitality to the weary traveler.

Given the present transient nature of Cambridge, the academic experience for many can be pressure-driven, isolating, and even dehumanising, often affecting the health of the scholars' personhood and scholarship. To address this reality, the 12th century Round Church still maintains the practice of a wayfarers chapel by ministering to the wayfaring scholars of today. Therefore, 
Round Church Scriptorium provides our LITURGY OF THE HOURS - an integrated structure of communal work and conversation, designed to encourage scholars who are seeking to complete their writing projects during their university experience. The Scriptorium is reserved for graduates and faculty and benefits those who desire:

HOSPITALITY ~ warm service provided into a structured time of accountability
COMMUNITY food and fellowship with others representing a diversity of disciplines
SCHOLARSHIP ~ productivity in reaching individual set writing goals of writing and research

You don't need to have a religious background in order to join us. The important thing is that you feel welcome, and the environment is condusive for completing your work. Places are limited each day, but if you'd like to come, it would be an honour to serve. Please email David Illman for booking a desk:

Desks hold one socket and two USB ports
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5:00pm 
Wi-Fi and copy/printer available
Lunch provided on Mondays
Tea and coffee provided
CIty centre location
Toilets onsite
No cost


~ Ora et Labora ~

All                    9.00am        Doors open

All                  9.15-9.25        Liturgy

Scholars      9.30-11.00        Writing Session 1

All                11.00-11.30       Tea & Coffee

Scholars      11.30-1pm         Writing Session 2

All                 1.00-2.00         Lunch Discussion

Scholars       2.00-3.15          Writing Session 3
All                 3.15-3.30         Tea & Coffee

Scholars      3.30-5.00          Writing Session 4

All                   5.00pm          Benediction




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