The Center for Fiction’s public Literary Events bring hundreds of storytellers to the stage each year. Iconoclasts and emerging voices alike come together in conversation about craft, the writing life, and the power of literature to engage with the most pressing issues of our time. These dynamic programs launch careers, bring stories to life with dramatic readings, platform diverse voices and urgent discussions, and celebrate storytelling across art forms.
Our On America series brings writers, journalists, activists, and change-makers together to reflect on the critical issues of our times. How do the stories we tell shape who we are as a nation?
Our Story/Teller series features actors reading from new works of fiction to give audiences a taste of the language, characters, and story, followed by moderated conversations with the authors.
In our Author/Editor series, we focus on one of the most important and least publicly discussed relationships in the book business, and how it helps to shape manuscripts into published novels.
The Art of the Short Story
Featuring masters of the genre and debut authors alike, The Art of the Short Story series explores the endless possibilities for storytelling in the short form.
NEA Big Read
Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community.
Literary Translation Clinics
A series of knowledge-sharing open sessions for literary translators hosted by members of the translator collective, Cedilla & Co., for literary translators and appreciators of translated works from all backgrounds and experience levels.
Videos of Past Events
Most of our events are livestreamed and recorded. Videos are uploaded at the end of each season.