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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We know that the path to writing the next great American novel is a long one, and that everyone needs a little inspiration and help along the way. We hope some of these resources on our site will help you grapple with the craft and inspire you to keep writing! 


Over at our Writers on Writing section, some of your favorite authors offer practical advice on craft.


Our Interview archives offer writers talking about their work (and their own struggles with writing!)  


Publishing professionals weigh in on the process over at The Book Business


The Model Short Story can act as your guide. Writers of all types introduce the stories that they think are exemplary of the form. 


Our Essential Books for Writers lists some of our favorite (off-line!) resources. 


And don't forget our archive of Audio & Video. Most of our events are available online for you to watch and learn from. 


Happy writing! 


The Model Short Story

Lynne Tillman on "Florida" by Mavis Gallant

In this Model Short Story, iconoclastic writer Lynne Tillman introduces us to the odd world of Mavis Gallant's short story "Florida." Describing Gallant's writing as both elegant and off-kilter, Tillman examines the intricate connections that Gallant builds in this story about a family separated by location, language and more. And then read "Florida" for yourself on our site.

"The reader does not know what will happen in a sentence, in a story, but not out of deliberate obfuscation or a rising plot, but because Gallant operates her own airplane, and it flies in strange directions." READ

Join us on November 7th to celebrate Lynne Tillman's own new collection, The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories. She'll be joined in conversation by Eileen Myles (Chelsea Girls, Inferno).

Announcing our first ever CFA Online Course!

Finishing Your First Crime Novel led by Jason Starr


Always wanted to take one of our CFA classes but don’t live near the Center or have time to devote to a weekly workshop? You’re in luck! This November we’re launching our first ever online course with acclaimed author Jason Starr.

For just $250 you’ll get a weekly video lecture on a unique aspect of craft, killer writing assignments, critiques from Jason and your fellow students, and inspiring discussion via online message board, all just a click away and accessible at your convenience! Make the most of what’s left of 2016 and enroll in our six-week course today. Class starts November 14th! find out MORE

A Tightrope Walker's Guide to Writing

by Stefan Merrill Block

How? It's just one simple word, but can be nearly impossible to answer, especially when it comes to writing. And so writers turn to metaphors to try to answer how they create a bookit's like driving, building a sand castle, and... being a tight-rope walker? In this new essay on craft, our writing instructor Stefan Merrill Block discusses the different ways we write, and the different ways we talk about writing. 


"450 pounds. That was the weight of the steel cable that Philippe Petit needed to string between The Twin Towers to pull off his legendary tightrope walk. The distance between the towers was vast, 138 feet, and, of course, Petit and his conspiring band of assistants had no permit for his high wire act." REAd more

We Met Beckett at the Bar

by Barney Rosset

In this excerpt from the new collection of correspondence and ephemera Dear Mr. Beckett: Letters from the Publisher, Grove Press's infamous and revolutionary Barney Rosset describes the first time he met the future Nobel Prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett. 

"It was probably Sylvia Beach who first seriously talked to me about Samuel Beckett, in New York, in 1953. As the proprietor of Shakespeare and Co., the leading English-language bookstore for many years in Paris and close friend and publisher of James Joyce, she had known Sam Beckett for many years. She recommended him to me in the warmest terms as a coming writer of importance." READ

Family Histories

by Roxana Robinson 


The line between fact and fiction is often blurry, but it can be even more complicated when family is involved. In this essay, award-winning author Roxana Robinson writes about the fascinating subject of her uncle, Dr. William Beecher Scoville, a neurosurgeon who inspired a character in her novel Cost. Scoville was also the subject of his grandson Luke Dittrich's recent nonfiction book, Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets. Robinson explores the concept of building character from reality for both fiction and nonfiction, and the hold that family has on our imagination. READ

The Book Drop: The Indefatigable Caroline Leavitt
by Jon Michaud


This month in The Book Drop our head librarian Jon Michaud, profiles New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You, Is This Tomorrow). Leavitt returns with her eleventh book, the hotly anticipated Cruel Beautiful World, about a teenage runaway in rural Pennsylvania during The Summer of Love. Michaud and Leavitt discuss the difficulties of writing, being a good literary citizen, and her inspiration for this latest book. READ

Say Yes to Obsession
by Molly Prentiss

"Pasta Bolognese, soft, cloudy cheese, quick sandwiches on long baguettes"—this is what we want for lunch, but not necessarily in our fiction (or do we???). In this new craft post, Molly Prentiss looks at a story that focuses on the gastronomical instead of the emotional, and how to turn our obsessions into literary gold.  

"I have recently been considering how to use obsession—whether it’s a character’s obsession or the writer’s—on a smaller level: not only using it to help us to know what to write about, but also how to write." READ MORE
Alice Mattison, interviewed by Sarai Walker


The acclaimed teacher and author Alice Mattison talks to Sarai Walker about penning a new book on writing (The Kite and the String), the best craft advice she's ever received, and the importance of diverse voices in fiction. 


"When we fail to encourage writing by people who need to earn a living and maybe support others, by women, by mothers, by those with disabilities, or those past their first youth, we lose the books they’d have written. We need those books." READ MORE


And if you'd like to experience Mattison's teaching first-hand, she'll be leading a one-day workshop for us this fall. Click here to find out more and sign up.