The Committee Room
takes a look at The Center for Fiction
, the only organization in the United States dedicated to the art of fiction.
Located in midtown Manhattan, the Center for Fiction, which opened in 2005, offers a wide variety of resources including workshops, author readings, and reading groups. It also rents desk space to writers in need of a quiet place to get their work done, runs a fiction focused bookstore
on its ground floor, publishes a literary magazine, The Literarian,
and even offers something called "bibliotherapy
" a service where readers are provided with a carefully selected, individually tailored list of fictional works to help see them though life's problems.
"The Center is clearly growing, cultivating an audience for its varied and various programs and, in my view, is indeed succeeding in creating a nexus where writers and readers can share their passion for literature," wrote H.J. Schreiber in Nybeat -- Culture on a Shoestring