Writing Program Events

The Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program presents many events, readings, and conversations throughout the year.

WRITING EVENTS

 

September 18

The Novel and its Discontents: A Conversation Between John Banville and Richard Ford

Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 The Lantern (Eighth Floor) 7:30 PM

“Banville and Ford, authors of many novels (The Book of Evidence, Independence Day), winners of many prizes (Booker, Pulitzer, Princess of Asturias, Prix Femina) and decades-long friends, engage in (it's hoped) a spirited, un-theoretical back 'n forth about the supposed pleasures of the text.”


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November 6

Creative Writing Lecture: Sarah Manguso

501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 7:30 PM

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of 300 Arguments (2017), a work of aphoristic autobiography. Her other nonfiction books include Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (2015), an essay on self-documentation, motherhood, and time; The Guardians (2012), an essay on friendship and suicide; and The Two Kinds of Decay (2008), an essay on living with chronic illness. Her work has been supported by Hodder and Guggenheim fellowships and the Rome Prize, and her books have been translated into six languages. She lives in Los Angeles.


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October 29

Complex Issues: In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family

Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room (Second Floor) 6:30 PM

Reading followed by a conversation between Lis Harris, Writing, and Ted Conover, NYU Shuttling back and forth over ten years between East and West Jerusalem, Lis Harris, a former staff writer for The New Yorker, learned about the lives of two families: the Israeli Pinczowers/Ezrahis and the Palestinian Abuleils. Combining a decade of historical research with political analysis, Harris creates a moving portrait of one of the most complicated and controversial conflicts of our time. Books will be available for purchase.


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October 23

Nonfiction Dialogues: Wendy S. Walters

501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 7:00 PM

Wendy S. Walters is the author of a book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal (2015), named a best book of the year by Buzzfeed and Huffington Post, and two books of poems. Her work has been published in Fourth Genre, Full Bleed, Flavorwire, and Harper’s among many others. Her lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely. Walters is Senior Nonfiction Editor at The Iowa Review.


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October 9

Creative Writing Lecture: Lynne Tillman

501 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 7:30 PM

Lynne Tillman writes novels, stories, cultural criticism and essays. Her novels include Haunted Houses; Motion Sickness; Cast in Doubt; No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; American Genius, A Comedy; and, in 2018, Men and Apparitions. She is the author of numerous fiction and essay collections, including What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.


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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.