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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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! 


Our Other Futures

by Malka Older


In this essay, author Malka Older reflects on her time as an aid worker in Darfur and how it influenced her near-future political thriller series, The Centenal Cycle. Null States, the follow-up to her groundbreaking debut Infomocracy, is out now. 


"At the time I was there, Darfur was in the news occasionally, and none of it was good. None of it even suggested that there was life there beyond attacks and atrocities. Yet there I was, going for milk in the market after dark, and imagining a desert future of isolated settlements and itinerant traders." READ

The Writers' Trove

by Alissa Torres


In this craft post, the author of the acclaimed graphic novel memoir American Widow talks about how to mine your own experiences for inspiration, how your memories can become "tangible monuments," and how to trust your readers. 


"You validate what happened to you from your own perspective, with your own creativity. As such, the process and result is powerful and therapeutic." read

On Wandering and Writing:

An Interview with Sybil Baker 

by Iris Mahan


In this interview our Development Associate Iris Mahan talks with writer Sybil Baker about her recent nonfiction collection Immigration Essays, which explores the history of Chattanooga against the backdrop of Baker's own familial history and the experiences of her life abroad. Here, they talk about identity, personal and political responsibility, and the contentious idea of ‘home’ in the context of our modern global lives. read

Five Lessons from a Writing Workshop

by Molly Tolsky


As part of our expanding coverage of the literary world outside of NYC, intrepid writer Molly Tolsky reports on becoming a student again at the Tin House Writing Workshop in Portland, Oregon.  


"I wanted to take a break from my 9-5 life, and New York in the summer—its stench and humidity, its gasping subway cars. More than anything, I wanted to think of only writing for one week. I wanted to come home motivated, energized, less prone to watching an entire season of Frasier in one day and more loyal to the page." read

Writing America: An Interview with Julia Fierro


In Julia Fierro's new novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, she tells the story of the seemingly-idyllic Avalon Island from an ensemble narration of richly-drawn characters. Our web editor Kristin Henley talked with Fierro about writing her sophomore novel, exploring various viewpoints, and her advice for emerging writers. 


"My favorite books to read are those that tell stories in multiple perspectives, and the same goes for TV shows and films. I am fascinated by the way in which a group of people can witness the same events, in the same time and place, and have vastly different interpretations depending on what he or she needs to see." READ MORE

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