MFA Program

Our workshops, master classes, seminars, and lectures are created for writers by writers who discuss student work and examine literature from a practitioner's perspective, not that of a scholar or theorist. We draw fully on the cultural resources of Columbia University—its faculty, libraries, archives, scholarly centers, diverse students, and wealth of facilities. The other Programs of the School of the Arts—Film, Theatre, and Visual Arts—enrich the Program's programs. The 28 departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offer courses that provide incomparable opportunities for a developing writer. In addition, the Program offers its students the chance to edit, manage, and publish their own magazine, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

We also draw fully on the cultural resources of New York City. As the publishing and arts center of the country, New York provides writers with opportunities and experiences not available elsewhere. Editors, publishers, agents, and other literary professionals participate in our classes, panels, and informal discussions. Current students serve as interns at magazines such as The New Yorker andThe Paris Review, and at literary organizations such as PEN and the Poetry Society of America, and work as research assistants to writers who also serve as mentors, such as Alan Burdick, William Finnegan, Tim Weiner and Brenda Wineapple.
Writing Program
415 Dodge Hall
Mail Code 1804
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-4391

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Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, a PhD degree in Theatre History, Literature, and Theory, and an interdisciplinary program in Sound Arts.