Nonfiction Concentration

 
Led by director Phillip Lopate, the Nonfiction concentration in the Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts includes full-time faculty Margo Jefferson, Lis Harris, Richard Locke, and Leslie Jamison. The adjunct nonfiction faculty includes Brenda Wineapple, Michael Greenberg, Benjamin Taylor, Amy Benson, Alana Newhouse, Daniel Bergner, Jay Neugeboren, Maureen Howard, Stephen O’Connor and Wendy Lesser, and recent visiting writers include Geoff Dyer, Hilton Als, Patricia Hampl, Laura Kipnis, Wayne Koestenbaum, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Lia Purpura, Meghan Daum, Vivian Gornick, and Patricia Marx.
 
The concentration offers instruction in a full range of subgenres, from memoir and personal essay to science writing, criticism, humor, research methods, profiles, food writing and lyric essay. All students engage with a range of nonfiction prose, from the Ancients to the most cutting-edge contemporaries. They leave the program able to practice more than one type of nonfiction.
 
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Spring 2015 Nonfiction Courses
 
 
Workshops (6 points)
 
Cris Beam / Monday, 10 am - 1 pm
Phillip Lopate / Monday, 1:05 pm - 4:05 pm
Michael Greenberg / Monday, 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm
Meghan Daum / Tuesday, 10 am - 1 pm
Lis Harris / Tuesday, 1:05 pm - 4:05 pm
Richard Locke / Tuesday, 2:10 pm - 5:10 pm
 
 
Seminars
 
Lis Harris (NF) / What We Talk About When We Talk About War
Tuesday, 10 am - 12 pm
 
Maureen Howard (NF) / Travel Writing
Tuesday, 12:05 pm - 2:05 pm
 
Phillip Lopate (NF) / The Essay Film: A History and Appraisal
Tuesday, 1:05 pm - 4:05 pm
 
Margo Jefferson (NF) / Criticism as Literature
Wednesday, 10:30 pm  - 12:30 pm
 
Hilton Als (NF) / In Black and White: A Seminar About James Baldwin
Thursday, 2:10 pm  - 4:10 pm
 
Charles Siebert (NF) / The Art of Narrative Science
Thursday, 4:15 pm  - 6:15 pm
 

 

 

 
 


 
 
 


 
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