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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

Four Surprising Influences on 

We Love You, Charlie Freeman

by Kaitlyn Greenidge

 

We asked First Novel Prize finalist Kaitlyn Greenidge to talk about some of the unusual influences behind her fantastic novel We Love You, Charlie FreemanHere, she discusses how a powerful nonfiction book, a country music song, a holiday movie, and a little corner of Boston all contributed to her debut novel. READ NOW 

 

Greenidge will appear on February 21st at the Center with Bill Cheng (Southern Cross the Dog) to discuss We Love You, Charlie Freeman, out now in paperback.

Scenes & Summary

by Patricia Park


One of the first lessons of writing is "show don't tell," but if every writer stuck to that we'd be reading 5,000 page books. In this new craft essayPatricia Park gives advice on knowing when to write a detailed scene and when to skip ahead! READ


And don't miss Patricia Park's one-day workshop where she'll explore this topic even more. Show vs. Tell—The Art of Summarizing or Dramatizing a Scene will take place at the Center on February 25th. 

Announcing Our Newest Spring Bootcamp:

Writing Resistance with Maaza Mengiste

 
What is the good of humane values? What is the purpose of literature in times like this? What can we do, as engaged members of the literary community, to ensure a better world for ourselves and the next generation? Writers have been asking these questions for centuries and offering responses that range from somber to satirical, but always vital. Join Maaza Mengiste on Saturday, March 18th for an afternoon of carefully curated readings from writers who have flourished creatively despite repressive regimes and discussion designed to engage and inspire both readers and writers of fiction alike. Learn more.

An Unfunny Essay about Humor

by Mike Scalise

 

When we think of comedy, we think of some of our favorite actors and stand-up comedians like Chris Rock, Steve Martin, and Amy Schumer, but it can be hard to bring laugh-out-loud humor to writing. In this craft essayMike Scalise, winner of our 2014 Christopher Doheny Award for his memoir The Brand New Catastrophe, talks about writing the story of his illness, and how writers like Susanna Kaysen and Matthew Klam taught him to bring out the humor in some of the most unlikely scenarios. READ

The Influence of Journalism in Fiction

by Elliot Ackerman

 

Fallujah, Aleppo, Gaziantep. These are all cities that we hear about in the news, but we don't think about the stories contained within them. In this essay, former Marine and writer Elliot Ackerman reflects on his life as a journalist, and how his news stories have made their way into his fiction.

 

“Elliot, I’ve met someone today who I think you should meet.” “Okay,” I answered, “Who?” Abed continued, “Well, his name is Abu Hassar and he used to fight for al-Qaeda in Iraq, but I think you guys would really get along.”  READ

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. And if you're interested in crime fiction writing head over to our CFA page.  

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