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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

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

 

Don't miss Peter Constantine on December 8th at the Center. He'll be moderating a panel for the New Literature from Europe Festival, Writing to Change Hearts and Minds

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 

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 started November 28th, but you can still sign up this week! FIND OUT MORE

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

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