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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Playing With Status

by Judy Sternlight


What do J. K. Rowling and Muriel Spark have in common? Editor Judy Sternlight explores how these two authors play with power dynamics in their writing (and how you can too!) in this new craft post


Judy will lead a new writing course, Improv for Writers, at the Center starting on Feb. 17th. Click here to find out more and to sign up.





How To Start Your Novel

by David Gordon


Putting down the first sentence of a novel can be an overwhelming task. In this new craft post author David Gordon gives advice on how to get started (hint: it starts before you even write that first sentence!) 


And if you're interested in learning more of David's writing advice, his workshop starts on February 9th. Click here to find out more.





Dialogue or Conversation?

by Jason Starr


What a character says can make or a break a scene. In this craft post Crime Fiction Academy instructor Jason Starr delves into why that is and why it's important to know the difference between dialogue and conversation. 


"I learned a lot about crime fiction writing in an odd place—the theater." READ MORE





The Art of the Perfect Book Cover 


Everyone judges a book by its cover, but when you're the writer how do you make sure you're happy with what it looks like? Over at Catapult our First Novel Finalist Tanwi Nandini Islam discusses what the process was like for her book Bright Lines. From attracting readers to avoiding stereotypes to making an aesthetically pleasing package, a lot goes into the process! 





A 200-Year-Old Writing Center


Curious about the Center's past and what our future holds? Our Executive Director Noreen Tomassi talked with Michelle Filgate about our writing programs and more in this new piece over at Lit Hub





Spring 2016 Writing Workshops


This spring we're bringing you a fantastic line-up of writing workshops guaranteed to inspire and improve your next story. Joining us are instructors: Martha Southgate, Mia Alvar, David Gordon, Christine Schutt, Dawn Raffel and more! And we're bringing you one day bootcamps taught by Laura van den Berg and Mitchell S. Jackson to get your writing into shape. SIGN UP TODAY






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