Through November 30, 2020

Typewriter Lending Library

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the venues for Public Typewriter placements have closed. In order to continue the project, I am offering a free typewriter lending library service for Santa Barbara residents.   The service enables individuals to borrow typewriters for private use in their homes.  Typewriters are distributed in accordance with safe physical distancing practices.  Orientation and writing prompts are conducted via phone calls, FaceTime, emails, and Zoom meetings.

Individuals are encouraged and instructed in keeping personal typewritten journals and are requested to submit responses to monthly writing prompts.   The typewriters are available through November 30, 2020.

For more information, email me: simonbrucekiefer@gmail.com


About SB Public Typewriters

The Santa Barbara Public Typewriter Project (aka Typewriters On & Off State Street) created opportunities for people to experience the joy and creativity of typing on vintage manual typewriters.  Public Typewriters were installed in 6 participating venue locations throughout Downtown Santa Barbara - similar to the popular "Pianos on State" installation.  Numerous events and writing workshops occurred at several of the venues.  Participants were invited to share their creations which have been uploaded on this website below.  With the corona virus outbreak, the public placements ended, and in it's place, the Typewriter Lending Library has been established - see above. 

The Santa Barbara Public Typewriter Project and Typewriter Lending Library are generously funded through a Community Arts Grant administered by The City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture. 


Monthly Writing Prompts

January 2020

New Beginnings

December 2019


Februrary 2020

Santa Barbara Valentines

Just Write - Anywhere!

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story. 

Participating Venues

Participating venues in the initial phase of the project are described below.  Click on their logos to be connected to their websites. 


Art From Scrap is one of several programs operated by Explore Ecology.  Art From Scrap has operated a Re-use Store since 1978 which sells materials and supplies at well below market prices to local artists and school teachers.  The materials and supplies in the store are donated by individuals and the local business community (thereby diverting tons of matter each year from our landfill). 


Channing Peake Gallery is located on the ground floor of the County Administration Building.  The gallery is named after one of Santa Barbara County's most famous artists.  The County's Office of Arts and Culture manages and curates the gallery.


The Community Arts Workshop is a project of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, a nonprofit committed to sustaining and growing all forms of the arts in Santa Barbara, which leases 631 Garden Street from the City.  The premises consist of two large buildings and four separate spaces for rehearsals, visual arts, gallery shows, and annual workshop space for the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. 


The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is the premiere venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  MCASB advances creativity, inspires critical thinking through meaningful engagement with the art of our time, and is located on the upper level of the Paseo Nuevo mall in downtown Santa Barbara.  

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Municipal Winemakers sell wine tastings, glasses and bottles and is located at 22 Anacapa Street, in a former SCUBA dive shop just a couple of hundred yards from the beach amid the quirky area of Santa Barbara known as the Funk Zone.  Municipal Winemakers often have fun events and popups on their calendar. 

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TWBC is dedicated to the cultivation of local ingredients, our community, and each other.  TWBC operates a taproom located at 406 E. Haley Street in the Laguna District of Santa Barbara and brews its beer onsite.  TWBC supports the arts in its many forms.



I am a retired Urban Planner, with a Master's Degree from UCLA, who worked 30 years for the City of New York and the City of Santa Barbara.  My job responsibilities frequently involved extensive writing.


In retirement, I have found the practice of writing to have therapeutic value and to contribute to constructive community building. 

I use restored, vintage typewriters to encourage people to write and have found the tactile/sonic quality and immediacy of the typewriter to facilitate expressions of emotion, sentiment and spontaneous creativity.

For more information on typewriter workshop offerings, event reservations, and sales & service, please contact Simon Kiefer:

Tel: 805-453-6083


SB Public Library

SB Office of Arts & Culture

UCSB Writing Program

Museum of Contemporary Art SB

Explore Ecology/Art From Scrap

SB City Housing Authority

SB Community Arts Workshop


Dunes Center

Youth Interactive

Habitat for Humanity

Municipal Winemakers

Third Window Brewery

Danielle Siano's Story Catcher Mailbox 

Sondra Weiss' Love Letters Project

Clients and collaborators in Santa Barbara County include:



Santa Barbara Public Typewriters and the Typewriter Lending Library are generously funded through a Community Arts Grant provided by the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.

© 2020 by Simon Kiefer.