Writing Program Upcoming Events

December 1

**POSTPONED**Pitching & Publishing Panel: What Do Editors Want?

Online Time: 8:00 PM

Join Zaina Arafat, Niela Orr, and James Yeh '09 for a frank and demystifying conversation about pitching and publishing. This 90-minute session will discuss topics such as how to get your foot in the door, how to pitch editors, general best practices for freelancers, and what, exactly, is a “peg”? Panelists will also field questions from the audience.


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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, Zadie Smith, 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 is an evening literary series in which Professor and Writing Program Chair Lis Harris discusses with distinguished nonfiction writers their work and careers. Recent guests have included Emily Bernard, Peter Godwin, Lewis Hyde, Amitava Kumar, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Terese Marie Mailhot, and Maggie Nelson.

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.