Journey to the Center for Fiction

Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 11.04.55 PMI’ve been traveling a lot recently, back in time to World War II via “All the Light I Cannot See,” “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” and “The Nightingale.” Yet, some of the most enlightening and inspiring trips I’ve taken in recent months have been to New York’s Center for Fiction by way of the web.

No, The Center for Fiction is not a figment of this writer’s imagination. It is an actual brick-and-mortar facility providing dream-like resources to its members.

“The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction, and we work every day to connect readers and writers… We also feature workspace, grants, and classes to support emerging writers, reading groups on classic and contemporary authors, and programs to help get kids reading. …”

For those who cannot afford the membership fee or haven’t the time or financial wherewithal to drop in on the New York-based facility, The Center for Fiction offers considerable online resources to readers and writers.

Personally, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on The Center’s “Writers on Writing” page, where Patricia Park shares how a writing class helped her (and now me) learn about perspective (one of my favorite topics) and Teddy Wayne writes about dialogue.

Experts on “The Book Business” offer sage advice and “Essential Books for Writers” helped me find new books for my toolkit.

Overall, a fiction writer and reader can spend hours on the website; unlike social media, though, it’s time well spent.

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