Writing Program Events

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

WRITING EVENTS

 

November 14

Creative Writing Lecture: Alexander Chee

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

Series organized by Ben Marcus, Writing Alexander Chee is the bestselling author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, and the essay collection How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor-at-large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and Best American Essays 2016, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required; it is first come, first served. Also, please note that doors will open to Columbia Writing students at 6:30pm, and will then open to the general public at 6:45pm, so we do encourage guests to arrive early in order to ensure seating. writing@columbia.edu


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November 28

Nonfiction Dialogues: Anne Fadiman

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

In conversation with Lis Harris, Writing Anne Fadiman’s most recent book is The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir. The Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale, she is also the author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Nonfiction, and two essay collections, Ex Libris and At Large and At Small. The former editor of The American Scholar, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received Yale's Brodhead Prize for Teaching Excellence. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required; it is first come, first served. Also, please note that doors will open to Columbia Writing students at 6:30pm, and will then open to the general public at 6:45pm, so we do encourage guests to arrive early in order to ensure seating. writing@columbia.edu


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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 Chris Andrews, Natasha Wimmer and Edith Grossman.

 

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.