Fiction Concentration

 
The Fiction concentration prides itself on its standards of excellence, its commitment to our students and its artistic and aesthetic diversity. Adhering to any particular school of writing would be antithetical to our mission as well as impossible given the multiformity of writers on our faculty: Donald Antrim, Nicholas Christopher, Stacey D’Erasmo, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Victor Lavalle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Orhan Pamuk and Gary Shteyngart. Our adjunct faculty boasts Paul Beatty, Rivka Galchen, James Lasdun, Bharati Mukherjee, Elissa Schappell, Ben Metcalf, Sigrid Nunez and James Wood among others. Our adjunct faculty also includes editors from Random House, FSG, Grove, The Paris Review and Tin House. These brilliant writers and editors are equally brilliant teachers who work closely with their students to help them develop their own voices, styles and form, to make the work better. At the same time, students are encouraged to take risks, to push beyond the known and try something new to that particular student. In addition to workshops, students take seminars that are designed specifically for reading as writers. The depth and breadth of the seminars are astounding and exciting. Fiction at Columbia is transformative.
 
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Professor Ben Metcalf published Against the Country (Random House), his debut novel, earlier this month after years of anticipation from the literary world.

“There are a fair number of people out there who've been waiting for this novel for a good, long time,” Jason Sheehan wrote in a review for NPR.
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Spring 2015 Fiction Courses
 
 
Fiction—Open (6 points)
 
Bharati Mukherjee / Monday, 10 am - 1 pm
Joshua Furst / Monday, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Alex Gilvarry / Tuesday, 10 am - 1 pm
Greg Baxter / Wednesday, 10 am - 1 pm
Justin Taylor / Wednesday, 3:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Charles Bock / Thursday, 10 am - 1 pm
Nelly Reifler / Thursday, 10 am - 1 pm
 
 
Fiction—Thesis (9 points)*
 
Sam Lipsyte / Monday, 1:05 pm - 4:05 pm
Victor LaValle / Tuesday, 1:05 pm - 4:05 pm
Elissa Schappell / Wednesday, 12:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Stacey D’Erasmo / Wednesday, 3:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Gary Shteyngart / Wednesday, 3:45 pm - 6:45 pm
 
Seminars
 
Paul La Farge (F) / Horror Fiction
Monday, 10 am - 12 pm

Rebecca Godfrey (F) / The Estranged
Monday, 1:05 pm - 3:05 pm
 
Erroll McDonald (F) / The Peripheral Writer
Monday, 5 pm - 7 pm
 
Rob Spillman (F) / Establishing Authority
Tuesday, 12:05 pm - 2:05 pm
 
Richard Ford (F) / Being Smart on the Page
Tuesday, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Ben Metcalf (F) / Voice As Protagonist
Tuesday, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm
 
Gary Shteyngart (F) / The Hysterical Male
Tuesday, 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Ira Silverberg (F) / We Got The Beat
Tuesday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lara Vapnyar (F) / Architecture of a Story
Wednesday, 10:30 pm  - 12:30 pm
 
Stacey D’Erasmo (F) / Questions of Identity
Thursday, 4:15 pm  - 6:15 pm
 
Corinna Barsan (F) / Revise Like an Editor
Thursday, 6:30 pm  - 8:30 pm
 
Lectures
 
Richard Locke / Beyond Category: A Survey of Fiction
Thursday, 2:10 pm - 4:10 pm
 
Benjamin Taylor / Other People’s Secrets
Thursday, 4:20 pm - 6:20 pm
 

 

 

 
 


 
 
 


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