Writing Program Events

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



September 26

Nonfiction Dialogues: Peter Godwin

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

In conversation with Lis Harris, Writing Peter Godwin is the author of six non-fiction books: 'Rhodesians Never Die' - The Impact of War and Political Change on White Rhodesia c.1970 - 1980 (with Ian Hancock), Wild at Heart: Man and Beast in Southern Africa (with photos by Chris Johns and foreword by Nelson Mandela), The Three of Us - a New Life in New York (with Joanna Coles), Mukiwa, which received the George Orwell prize and the Esquire-Apple-Waterstones award, and When a Crocodile Eats the Sun - a Memoir of Africa, which won the Borders Original Voices Award.

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October 3

A Tribute to Lucie Brock-Broido

Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 6:30 PM

Lucie Brock-Broido served as the Director of Poetry in the Writing Program of the School of the Arts from 1993 until her death on March 6, 2018. Widely acclaimed in the United States and abroad as one of the most distinctive and influential poets of her generation, Brock-Broido published three further collections with Knopf, namely The Master Letters (1995), Trouble in Mind (2004) and Stay, Illusion (2013), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award. With Mary Jo Bang, Sophie Cabot Black, Henri Cole, Timothy Donnelly, Emily Fragos, Harmony Holiday, Marie Howe, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Dorothea Lasky, Robert Polito, Srikanth Reddy, Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young

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October 31

Creative Writing Lecture: Lynne Tillman

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

Series organized by Ben Marcus, Writing Lynne Tillman writes novels, short stories, and essays. Her novels include Haunted Houses; Motion Sickness; Cast in Doubt; No Lease on Life, Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, American Genius, A Comedy, and, recently, Men and Apparitions. 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.