The Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Writing Program's 2015 - 16 Creative Writing Lecture Series welcomes writers Jesse Ball, Rebecca Curtis, Mat Johnson, Jenny Offill and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh to Columbia University School of the Arts for talks on literary craft.

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The Creative Writing Lecture Series, now in its eighth year, brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on literary craft. The writers are diverse and brilliant, with a wide range of artistic strategies, and each talk turns into a short course on the challenges of making vital literary art. Among our past guests are Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gaitskill, James Wood, Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan, Nicholson Baker, and Lydia Millet (above).

All events are free and open to the public. They are held in Dodge Hall (2960 Broadway, Room 501) on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, at 116th Street and Broadway, at 7 pm; any schedule or location changes will be posted. The series is sponsored by the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program

—Series Director Ben Marcus
 
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Spring 2016 Events
Jenny Offill
 
Jenny Offill
Wed, Feb 3, 2016, 7 pm
Room 501, Dodge Hall
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway
 
Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Dept. of Speculation (2014) and Last Things (2000). Dept. of Speculation was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the LA Times Book Award. It was also shortlisted for this year's Folio Prize. The New York Times chose it as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014. She teaches in the low-residency writing program at Queens University. more
 
 
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
 
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Wed, Feb 24, 2016, 7 pm
Room 501, Dodge Hall
Use main campus entrance: 2960 Broadway

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh is the author of Brief Encounters with the Enemy, which was shortlisted for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fiction Prize, and the critically acclaimed memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, McSweeney’s, The New York Times and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among other publications. He is the recipient of a 2010 Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction and a 2012 fiction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Hunter College and New York University, where he received a 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award. more

 

 

 
 


 
 
 


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Phone: (212) 854-4391
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