Need a place to write?


Don't want to spend a fortune for your literary sanctuary? Our writing studio is located in a beautiful, sky-lit space on our top floor. It provides the perfect setting for writing. Each writer has access to a desk, a personal locker, an up-to-date reference library, lounge area, comfortable chairs, electrical outlets for portable and laptop computers, WiFi internet, wireless printer access, and a kitchenette/refreshment room stocked with coffee, water and M&Ms.


Exclusive to The Center for Fiction, we offer our Writers' Studio members full access to our circulating collection of 85,000 titles–perfect for inspiration and research in any genre. Membership also includes discounts on writing classes, reading groups, events at the Center, and in our bookstore. You also have full access to our entire building, including our second-floor Reading Room.


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How to Write a Sex Scene


In this hilarious and brutally honest essay, workshop teacher Rebecca Schiff takes on the taboo subject of writing sex scenes. 


"Think about the worst sex you’ve ever had. There’s probably a story there, or at least a detail you can use." READ MORE


Rebecca Schiff's writing workshop, Making Every Line Count, starts on September 15th. Click here to find out more and to sign up!




Afraid to take the next step with your writing? 


Writing isn't just about composing a great story, it's also about taking a leap of bravery whether that means filling up that blank page or sharing your work with someone. In this craft post, author Stefan Merrill Block talks about the link between shame and the artistic impulse. 


If you're ready to take a leap in your own writing, check out Stefan's Story Laboratory workshop, starting on September 10th!







Our Fall Writing Workshops


We're offering a great lineup of workshops this fall led by authors: Rebecca Schiff, Tracy O'Neill, Teddy Wayne, Christine Schutt, Kathleen Alcott, Ted Thompson, Stefan Merrill Block, and Gabriel Roth. Classes are staggered throughout the season and focus on a variety of forms and techniques. 



Interested in crime fiction? Check out our Crime Fiction Academy classes led by Jonathan Santlofer and Alison Gaylin




There's Just a Page:

Writing a Debut Novel


2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalist, Matthew Thomas, talks with our Writing Programs Director, Sara Batkie, about writing about illness, the American Dream, and Queens as a crossroads. Thomas's book, We Are Not Ourselves, was published in paperback this week. READ MORE



Six Questions for Cal Morgan


Cal Morgan, senior vice president and executive editor at Harper and editorial director at Harper Perennial, is the new chairman of the board at The Center for Fiction. Here he talks about how books draws us in, his love of editing, and what he hopes to accomplish as Board Chair. READ MORE



On Writing A First Novel

An interview with Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea


The 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize finalist talks with Christopher Messer about myth and fable, the novella form, and the influence of Russian culture and language. READ MORE



Advice from our CFA


Learn how to distinguish fact from fiction with Dennis Lehane, how to immerse your reader with Joyce Carol Oates, and watch other crime fiction greats like Ruth Rendell, Michael Connelly, and Mary Higgins Clark offer their best crime writing advice. watch now




Crime Fiction Academy

Writers on Writing

Writers' Studio

Writing Workshops

Emerging Writers Fellowship




Videos of our past events




The library



Writers' Studio

The Writer's Studio



Lifts: Wisdom from our Elevator



Crime Fiction Academy