The Center for Fiction

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17 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017 17 East 47th Street, New York Directions
+12127556710
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Treasure trove.
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Excellent place to hear from award winning authors. I went to a small gathering with author Nelson DeMille.
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Small quiet respite in the center of the city.
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Excellent place for writers, what a great discovery. Floors of rooms in which to read quietly or write--such a space is very difficult to find in NYC.
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I think I will love my Center for Fiction membership. The staff was very helpful yesterday.
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Everyone is friendly and helpful. Thank you!
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It's a wonderful space with so many beneficial resources. A great bookstore, extensive library, and a writing room for its members. A hidden gem tucked away within the bustle of mid-town Manhattan.
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Wonderful facility. I'm happy to be a member.
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I'm extremely excited to have gotten this Groupon! Already it's been a great way to learn and focus on writing.

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In 1820, before the dawn of New York's public library system, a group of city merchants began a circulating collection of books. Now part of The Center for Fiction, that collection has grown to include more than 85,000 titles of classic and contemporary fiction, as well as literary journals and magazines.

Though readers can enjoy these works in the quiet of the eight-story building's second floor reading room, The Center for Fiction is far from a simple library. Authors, critics, and professors encourage guests to embrace reading's social aspect through reading groups on contemporary and classic works. More than 60 yearly literary events also dot the center’s schedule, inviting more than 100 writers to read and discuss their craft. Afterward, intimate, informal receptions afford readers and writers a chance to casually chat about their work or discuss the latest experimental punctuation marks.

Along with stimulating fiction readers, the nonprofit supports fiction writers with a slew of resources, from studios on the building's top floor to fellowship opportunities for emerging New York talent. Evening workshops invite writers of all levels to study MFA-level topics under seasoned faculty and bestselling authors, who cover everything from structuring stories to crafting a stronger narrative voice.

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