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Founders Society Membership


The Center for Fiction Founders Society provides an opportunity to engage individual donors for their generous support and draw them closer to The Center’s work and mission.

The Founders Society membership levels are named for characters from three foundational novels: Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Aureliano Buendía from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, and Sula Peace from Toni Morrison’s Sula. To learn about the Founders Society membership levels and benefits, please click here.

As a Founders Society member, your support nurtures early-career writers with grants, workshops, a place to write, public readings, a literary community, and other services and awards through our Emerging Writer Fellowships and First Novel Prize; fosters creative expression for over 2,500 New York City public school children annually with author-led events, writing workshops, reading groups, creative writing contests, and their own books to keep through our KidsRead / KidsWrite Program; invigorates our award-winning 200-year-old library with new acquisitions; and brings hundreds of authors and artists to engage with audiences annually on timely cross-cultural issues through our Public Literary Events and Performances, which celebrate fiction in all its forms. To learn more about the Founders Society, please click here.

Now through August 31, 2022, all visitors must present proof of vaccination upon arrival to the member spaces. Mask wearing will be required throughout the building. Accepted vaccination proofs include:

  • your CDC vaccination card (or an image of it)
  • your Excelsior pass (or a printout of it)
  • a record of vaccination from the healthcare provider who gave you your vaccine

If you remain unvaccinated because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief, please also contact us at for assistance or to request a reasonable accommodation.