Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T)

Who We Are

A dual mission since 2002: accessible teacher training for all Columbia MFA students and community enrichment through the arts.


Founded in May 2002, Columbia Artist/Teachers (CA/T) is a faculty of Writing Program MFA candidates. CA/T provides MFA teachers with training and teaching opportunities on and off campus, with students of all ages and levels. We collaborate with local schools and various community organizations in New York to establish no-cost arts education programs designed specifically to the needs and goals of the institutions. These writing workshops and seminars—which present the opportunity for an educational artistic outlet, developing literary talents—encourage sharing, discussion, critical thinking, and creative expression. Our instructors are experienced, dedicated, and passionate about teaching writing and the arts. CA/T is advised by Professors Alan Ziegler (the Writing Program Director of Pedagogy) and Dorothea Lasky. The organization is run by student directors and coordinators.

Why CA/T?

CA/Ts enhance their own understanding of writing and literature while gaining experience that will serve them in obtaining—and excelling in—post-MFA teaching positions. 


CA/Ts are encouraged to design curriculum and develop programs that support their aspirations as arts educators. 


CA/T faculty are supported in their early teaching careers by a caring network of fellow teachers, alumni, and staff.

Become a Teacher

All students in the Writing Program (including Research Arts) are eligible to be a member of Columbia Artist/Teachers.


Teaching Sites

Set up partnerships to provide creative writing instructors with skills specific to your organization’s needs as early as the start of the next semester.


Incarcerated Writers Initiative

The Incarcerated Artists Project (IAP) is a consortium of Columbia University School of the Arts student-run programs serving those impacted by mass incarceration.


Columbia Veterans Workshop

The Columbia Veterans Workshop is a free creative writing course open to anyone who is a veteran or a military family member.


CA/T Community Classes

Free, non-credit writing courses for current Columbia and Barnard students, staff, affiliates and all School of the Arts alumni, taught by current MFA Writing students.