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Fellows Read at the Center for Fiction

On Wednesday May 11th, 2011 the inaugural class of the Fiction Fellows at the Writers’ Institute held a reading at The Center for Fiction in midtown Manhattan.

Andre Aciman, the Director of the Writers’ Institute kicked off the event with opening remarks about the success of the fiction track in its first year. Deborah Treisman, Fiction Editor of The New Yorker and John Freeman, Editor of Granta spoke at event, relating to the audience their experiences teaching at the Writers’ Institute. Both of these prominent editors were excited about the program and the emerging writers they encountered in the program.

Reading excerpts from short stories or novels were: Humera Afridi, Judith Chicurel, Isabelle Chicoine, Amir Dagan, Greg D’Alessandro, Peter Haje, Debora Kuan, Lloyd Lynford, Destanie McAllister, Martin Quinn, Susan Scutti, Caroline Seklir, Karen Spear Ellinwood, Anna Voisard.

There was a standing room only crowd at the event, which was attended by a number of agents and publishers in the industry.

“This is the first year that the Writers’ Institute has offered a fiction stream and I am very pleased with the level of the work that was brought into the workshop,” said Jonthan Galassi, President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. “I had a wonderful experience working with these exciting, emerging writers.”

Submitted on: MAY 26, 2011

Category: Student Work