Writing Program Events
The Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program presents many events, readings, and conversations throughout the year.
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
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.
Stalking the Essay
Stalking the Essay is a symposium that aims to encircle the practices, theories, and possibilities of the essay form. Past guests include Ian Buruma, Daniel Mendelssohn, Katha Pollitt, Colm Tóibín and Vivian Gornick.
Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) hosts events with leading literary translators from around the world. Recent guests include Chris Andrews, Natasha Wimmer and Edith Grossman.
One-Day Seminars have been led by Mary Jo Bang, Robert Coover and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.
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.
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.