The Writing Program
The Columbia University MFA Writing Program is highly regarded for its rigorous approach to literary instruction and for its faculty of acclaimed writers and editors who are devoted and dedicated teachers. The faculty, the students, and the curriculum represent and foster a full range of artistic and literary diversity. Students are encouraged to make the most of their own artistic instincts and to realize as fully as possible, beyond any perceived limitations, their potential as writers.
At the core of the curriculum is the writing workshop. All workshops are small (7 to 12 students), ensuring that all students present work at least three times per semester. Students receive substantial written responses to their work from their professors and classmates; they also have regularly scheduled one-on-one conferences with faculty. The second-year thesis workshops (6 to 9 students) are dedicated to shaping each student’s work into book form.
The Columbia MFA is a two-year program requiring 60 credits of coursework to complete the degree and can take up to three years to complete the thesis. Students concentrate in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, and also have the option of pursuing a joint course of study in writing and literary translation. Most MFA programs require 48 credits or as few as 36 credits, but the Columbia Writing Program considers the study of literature from the practitioner's point of view—reading as a writer—essential to a writer's education. Every semester, students take a workshop and, on average, three craft-oriented seminars and/or lectures designed to illuminate, inform, clarify, augment and inspire each student’s experience and practice as a writer. New seminars, lectures and master classes are created every year.
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved Lucie Brock-Broido. As Professor and Director of the Poetry concentration, Lucie was a brilliant guide for generations of students, an esteemed member of the Writing faculty, and a beautiful presence in all of our lives.more
Creative Writing Lecture: Kelly Link
Room 401, Dodge Hall
New York, NY 10027 7:00 PM
Organized by Ben Marcus, Writing Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
Global Poets with M. NourbeSe Philip and Tracy K. Smith
The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 6:30 PM
Tobago-born Canadian poet M. NourbeSe Philip reads with US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Writing Roundup: Week of March 7
Naima Coster '15 Publishes Debut Novel 'Halsey Street'
Naima Coster ’15 published her debut novel, Halsey Street (Little A), about a young, struggling black artist who moves back home to gentrifying Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to care for her ailing father.read more
Caitlin Macy '96 Publishes New Book 'Mrs.' to much Acclaim
Caitlin Macy ’96 published her new novel, Mrs. (Hachette), last month to glowing reviews from outlets such as USA Today, BuzzFeed and the Wall Street Journal.read more
In Memoriam, Lucie Brock-Broido (1956 - 2018)
Five Faculty Members Recognized by LA Times Book Prize
This year, five Writing Faculty members have been recognized by the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize, 1 an award recipient and 4 long-listed for awards that will be announced in April.read more