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WRITERS' STUDIO

 

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 Writing Tools page is just that! It has links to some of our favorite (off-line!) resources like lists of books, inspirational quotes and even tips on running a writing group.

 

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

 

The Story of the Book features authors giving insight into their latest works.

 

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

 

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

 

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! 

FOR WRITERS

The Best of Granta:

A Conversation with Sigrid Rausing

 

Sigrid Rausing is the editor of Granta magazine and the publisher of Granta Books, along with being a philanthropist, and an author in her own right. In advance of The Center for Fiction's event with the lauded magazine for their 2017 “Best of Young American Novelists” issue, our web editor Kristin Henley talked with Rausing about putting together the issue, the challenges of running the Granta empire, and what Rausing is reading now. READ THE INTERVIEW

 

Don't miss seeing the next generation of talented American authors at our event with Granta on Friday, April 28thRSVPs are a must for this popular event. 

The Model Short Story: 

On Edward P. Jones's "Bad Neighbors"

by Dana Johnson

 

Author Dana Johnson (In the Not Quite Dark) introduces legendary writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward P. Jones's short story "Bad Neighbors" in our latest edition of The Model Short Story.

 

"This story is at turns poignant, devastating and political. It also happens to be a love story and a cautionary tale. Jones makes me laugh and makes me time travel while he’s teaching me so much. That’s a whole lot—a lot of lives—to get out of a short story." read more 

Some Things (and People) That Got Me Going On

A Little More Human

by Fiona Maazel

 

We asked author Fiona Maazel to give us a peek into the creative process for her latest book, A Little More Human. Here, she discusses some of the unusual inspirations for her novel including an aging athlete, a guilty pleasure TV show, and a whole country!

 

"Biology has never been an interest of mine. And certainly not neuroscience. And yet I started reading this book and quickly came across a section about a split-brain patient and an experiment that managed to elicit from each half of his brain feelings in conflict with the other. In gist: One half of this guy’s brain wanted to be a draftsman. The other wanted to be a race car driver. Needless to say, I completely freaked out..." read now

Michael Knight’s Stories to Put in Your Pockets

by Jon Michaud

 

In this month's Book Drop, our head librarian Jon Michaud talks to Michael Knight about his new short story collection Eveningland. The two discuss the difference between writing short stories and novels, embracing the influence of other authors, and how a collection of stories by John Cheever inspired his book. 

 

"We enter this book of stories, which are mostly about the gilded, well-to-do citizens of Mobile, Alabama, looking for jewels, only to be smashed across the head. Knight’s fictions are elegantly written and easy to read but they pack a punch." READ MORE 

Keeping up the Pace

by Alison Gaylin

 

In this new craft post, Crime Fiction Academy instructor and bestselling author Alison Gaylin offers concrete advice on how to control the tempo of your writing.

 

"For every one of my books, there’s been a 'cut file,' sometimes hundreds of pages long, of stuff that (much as I may have loved it) wrecked the pace of the novel as a whole. When it comes to killing your darlings, there’s no such thing as too brutal if you’re sacrificing them on the altar of pacing." read more

The Book Business: Six Questions for Peter Blackstock 

 

Peter Blackstock, senior editor at Grove Atlantic, talks about getting American audiences to read translated books, his advice for emerging writers & having passion for literature. Blackstock's authors include the Center's First Novel Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, actor Jesse Eisenberg & the Booker-longlisted writer Eve Harris.  

 

"I’m interested in works that explore experiences that we don’t often see represented in fiction, and in strong original voices. The Sympathizer is in many ways a deeply American book, but it provides a profoundly new perspective on the Vietnam War, as Vietnamese voices have been largely sidelined in America." READ MORE