Writing Program Upcoming Events

March 10

Creative Writing Lecture: Namwali Serpell

Online 7:30 PM

Namwali Serpell is a Zambian writer and Professor of English at Harvard. Her first novel, The Old Drift (Hogarth, 2019), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book prize for fiction “that confronts racism and explores diversity,” the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, and the L.A. Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction in 2020.

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April 6

A Celebration of American Essays

Online 6:30 PM

Writing Program faculty Phillip Lopate (CC '64) and Brenda Wineapple discuss Lopate’s new anthologies, The Glorious American Essay: From the 18th Century to the Present and The Golden Age of the American Essay: 1945–1970.

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April 7

Nonfiction Dialogues: Terese Marie Mailhot

Online 7:30 PM

A conversation between New York Times-bestselling author Terese Marie Mailhot and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris.

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April 14

Creative Writing Lecture: NoViolet Bulawayo

Online 7:30 PM

NoViolet Bulawayo is the author of We Need New Names, which was recognized with the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Pen/Hemingway Award, the L.A. Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the International Literature Award.

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April 15

'Black Futures'

Online 6:30 PM

Black Futures editors Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham in conversation with School of the Arts Writing Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson.

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The Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Creative Writing Lecture Series brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on craft. Recent guests include Michael Chabon, Lydia Davis, Jennifer Egan, Jamaica Kincaid, Ben Lerner, George Saunders and Zadie Smith. In 2016–17, the Series welcomed writers Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, and Mitchell Jackson.

All events are free and open to the public. They are held in Dodge Hall (2960 Broadway, Room 501) on the Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University, at 116th Street and Broadway, at 7 pm; any schedule or location changes will be posted. The series is sponsored by the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program.

The Creative Writing Lecture Series, now in its ninth year, brings distinguished writers to Columbia for original talks on literary craft. The writers are diverse and brilliant, with a wide range of artistic strategies, and each talk turns into a short course on the challenges of making vital literary art. Among our past guests are Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Gaitskill, James Wood, Michael Chabon, Jennifer Egan, Nicholson Baker, and Lydia Millet.

Ben Marcus, Series Director

Mitchell S. Jackson at the Creative Writing Lecture Series

The Nonfiction Dialogues

The Nonfiction Dialogues series, now in its tenth season, is a student-initiated evening series in which Professor Lis Harris interviews distinguished nonfiction writers about their work and careers. Guests have included Hilton Als, Ian Frazier, Philip Gourevitch, John D’Agata, Mary Karr and Pankaj Mishra. The Writing Program's 2016–17 Nonfiction Dialogues series welcomed writers James Carroll and Eula Biss to Columbia University School of the Arts.

Professor Lis Harris interviews Jane Mayer

More Events

Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) hosts events with leading literary translators from around the world. Recent guests include Margaret Jull Costa, Ana Luísa Amaral and Emily Wilson.


The Poetry Reading Series is overseen by Writing Chair Timothy Donnelly.


In addition, students curate and host two student reading series, and alumni curate and host MFA Selects at the KGB Bar once a month.

Writing alumni Joss Lake and Michele Koury at the 2017 Agents Mixer

Agents Mixer

Each spring, Writing Program alumni and research arts students with completed manuscripts connect with literary agents at the annual Writing Program Agents Mixer. The event allows attendees to catch up with classmates and offers the opportunity to engage in productive conversations with industry professionals.