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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 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

New Books by Past Fellows

 

We're so proud of all of our NYC Emerging Writers Fellows through the past years. 2018 is seeing a wave of new books by our Fellows that we'd like to share with you.

 

Dan Sheehan (Restless Souls) and Lexi Freiman (Inappropriation) both published their debuts. Rosalie Knecht's sophmore effort, Who Is Vera Kelly? came out in June. And Onnesha Roychoudhuri has a new nonfiction book, The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America. We hope you'll check out these books, and click here for more info on the program. 

Congratulations to our 2018 NYC Emerging Writers Fellows!

 

We are thrilled to announce this year's NYC Emerging Writers Fellows, chosen from over 500 applicants. Congratulations to Cara Blue Adams, Mariam Bazeed, Diane Chang, Sidik Fofana, Kim Coleman Foote, Chantal Johnson, Jeremy J. Kamps, Katherine Augusta Mayfield, and Kimarlee Nguyen. Each writer receives a grant of $5,000, the opportunity to work on a manuscript with a distinguished editor, the chance to read at public events at The Center, and more. Find out more

Congrats to our 2017 First Novel Prize Winner

Julie Lekstrom Himes for Mikhail and Margarita

 

Congratulations to Julie Lekstrom Himes for Mikhail and Margarita (Europa Editions), winner of the 2017 First Novel Prize. Last year's winner, Kia Corthron (The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter), presented the award to her at our Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 5th at The Metropolitan Club. 

 

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, wrote: “Himes’s confident, carefully crafted debut novel...adeptly details brutality and betrayal as well as creativity and the uncertainties of censorship....” find out more about our winner

The Model Short Story: 

Josh Weil on "My Aeschylus” by Jim Shepard

 

 Josh Weil, author of the new collection The Age of Perpetual Light, shares one of his favorite stories—“My Aeschylus” by Jim Shepard—in this Model Short Story. Here, he discusses how short stories are mystical experiences and why Shepard's is so powerful.

 

"The best short stories are simultaneously the least understandable and most fully felt. They hits us with undeniable force, a concrete impact, but why they do, how they cause us such hurt or buoy us or knock us flat isn’t immediately clear. They operate like a kind of magic. They are mystical experiences." READ

Interviewing for Fiction

by Min Jin Lee

 

Who was your favorite teacher growing up? What do you like eating for breakfast? What do you do on an average Sunday? In this craft post, Min Jin Lee, author of the National Book Award shortlisted novel Pachinko, writes about the benefits of conducting "pointless" interviews to improve your fiction.

 

"If you are fortunate enough to spend time with strangers who will tell you very harmless facts about their lives, very often, you will be allowed to enter their intimate space as they remember their lives. I am not a smart journalist when I am interviewing my subjects; I am more like a curious old aunt who is just interested in getting to know you better." READ