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WRITERS' STUDIO

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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NEED INSPIRATION?

 

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! 

ESSENTIAL READING

Take a Page from Their Book

 

We challenged our spring writing instructors to come up with books to help aspiring writers. From Patricia Highsmith to a classic of screenwriting, we're sure you'll find a book to inspire and guide your writing on our list. And if you've never thought about writing something, you may find yourself picking up a pen or opening a word doc after reading our recommendations. READ

 

Looking for more writing advice? Check out our amazing line-up of workshops (our first class starts on Jan. 18th). And if you're interested in crime fiction writing head over to our CFA page.  

We're Pleased to Announce our Spring CFA Classes! 

 

Our spring Crime Fiction Academy courses are now available for enrollment. Starting on Jan. 30th the CFA is returning with workshops led by Jonathan Santlofer and Alison Gaylin (not to mention our popular online course with Jason Starr). We'll be joined for masterclasses with Ian Rankin and Caleb Carr with private receptions for our students after each event. We're also hosting part II of our special Women in Crime panel with Susan Isaacs, Hank Phillipe Ryan, Lisa Lutz, Laura Joh Rowland, and moderator SJ Rozan.

 

Click here to find out more about the CFA! 

Our First CFA Amazon Kindle Story is Available!

Featuring Lawrence Block and Matt Plass

 

Our Amazon Kindle Story program is an exciting new initiative exclusively for students enrolled in CFA. Students now have the opportunity to submit their stories for inclusion in the CFA-branded Amazon Kindle Singles program. Some of the best crime fiction writers working today, many of whom have been Master Teachers at CFA, will select a story and pair it with one of their own in a double e-story. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the great writers in CFA and for students to have their work recognized and made available to readers across the country. 


Our first double story is available now featuring "Gym Rat" by master crime writer Lawrence Block, and "The Murder Club" by CFA student Matt PlassBUY NOW

Peter Constantine Talks to Judy Sternlight

 

From the latest Scandinavian thriller to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, fiction in translation has seen an upsurge in interest from the reading public. Here translator, editor, and director of the Literary Translation Program at the University of Connecticut, Peter Constantine talks to editor Judy Sternlight about this burgeoning art form. READ

 

Writing to Destroy Memory

by Claudia Casper


Our new feature The Story of the Book gives authors the chance to provide insight into the creation of their books. In this post, Claudia Casper, author of the new book The Mercy Journals, shares how General Roméo Dallaire, the Canadian general who led the UN Peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, inspired her to write about genocide and its ramifications on individuals and society.

 

"Novels take us deeper inside another person than any other art form; they experientially expand our solitary worlds and our single lifespans into more than just our own." READ 

Author Picks: The Write Stuff

by Richard Cohen

 

We are all too familiar with the difficulties of writing, whether it's writer's block, problems with character development, or finding the right ending. When in doubt, turn to an expert for advice! How To Write Like Tolstoy author Richard Cohen presents this list of books on writing by some of his favorite authors, including Edith Wharton, Stephen King, Norman Mailer, and more.

 

“Writing is spooky,” he tells us. “There is no routine of an office to keep you going, only the blank page each morning, and you never know where your words are coming from, those divine words.” READ

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