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Choose Between Two Options
- $35 for a one-year membership and 10% off workshops, reading groups, and bookstore purchases for one (a $150 value)
- $65 for a one-year membership and 10% off workshops, reading groups, and bookstore purchases for two (a $250 value)
Membership benefits include borrowing privileges from the center's circulating collection of more than 85,000 titles, free admission to Meet the Author events, and discounts on reading groups and bookstore purchases. This spring's roster of writing workshops include several sessions for beginners, as well as classes on novel writing, story development, and narrative voice with notable writers including Sheila Kohler, Stefan Merrill Block, and Myla Goldberg.
The Center for Fiction
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.