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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

Our Favorite Movies About Writers

 

Not even we here at The Center for Fiction can read books all the time. Sometimes we take a break and put on a movie, BUT of course we only watch movies about writers. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite films featuring brooding authors of all sorts. We hope you enjoy our picks and that you'll maybe even get a little bit of inspiration from seeing these writers on the big screen!  READ

Something to Do with Work as Play:

David Foster Wallace and “The Nature of the Fun”

by Kristopher Jansma

 

Kristopher Jansma, author of Why We Came to the City, takes on David Foster Wallace, the pleasure of writing, and how to find a way back to fun when writing becomes work in this new essay.

 

"I find it remarkably comforting that someone who had recently finished a 1,079 page novel ends up right back where any young student does, trying to work out how to write every day." READ

Supermarket Mittelschmerz

by Max Winter

 

In this new essay, author Max Winter (Exes) reflects on his mother's career as an artist, why she inexplicably stopped painting when he was a child, and how his own writing was impacted by her experience. 

 

"I wouldn’t have written Exes—a book about loss’s ever-present absence, about what’s no longer there—if it weren’t especially hard for me to talk about." 

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Finding Angela Carter:

An Interview with Biographer Edmund Gordon 

 

In a new and insightful biography, The Invention of Angela Carter, author Edmund Gordon looks at the life of this often mythologized writer, while offering astute criticism of her many works. In this interview our web editor Kristin Henley talks to Gordon about the challenges of writing biography and taking on Carter's legacy. 

"She needed to be on the outside, looking in, and she never liked to be associated too closely with any movement or genre, whether it was radical feminism, the 1960s folk revival, or magical realism. She took pains to maintain an individual perspective on the world around her, and freedom was the value she cared most deeply about." read the interview

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. 

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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