About the Fiction Concentration

The Fiction concentration prides itself on its standards of excellence, its commitment to our students and its artistic and aesthetic diversity. Adhering to any particular school of writing would be antithetical to our mission as well as impossible given the multiformity of writers on our faculty: Paul Beatty, Nicholas Christopher, Deborah Eisenberg, Richard Ford, Rivka Galchen, Heidi Julavits, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Alexandra Kleeman, Victor Lavalle, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Ben Metcalf, Orhan Pamuk, Elissa Schappell and Gary Shteyngart. Our adjunct faculty boasts such writers as Mia Alvar, Tash Aw, James Canon, Angela Flournoy, Rebecca Godfrey, Hari Kunzru, Paul LaFarge, James Lasdun, Maureen Howard, Rob Spillman, Sadie Stein, Darcy Steinke, Lara Vapnyar, Adam Wilson and James Wood among others. Our adjunct faculty also includes editors from Random House, FSG, Grove, The Paris Review and Tin House. These brilliant writers and editors are equally brilliant teachers who work closely with their students to help them develop their own voices, styles and form, to make the work better. At the same time, students are encouraged to take risks, to push beyond the known and try something new to that particular student. In addition to workshops, students take seminars that are designed specifically for reading as writers. The depth and breadth of the seminars are astounding and exciting. To study Fiction at Columbia is transformative.

 

Writing Fiction Online Q&A:

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Fiction concentration is exciting for a myriad of reasons: the illustrious writers and editors on faculty, the scope of artistic diversity, the variety of course offerings, the intensity of rigor and the relaxed collegiality. But what is truly incomparable is the depth of attention given to each student’s work, and the depth of commitment expected from the student in return.

Binnie Kirshenbaum, PROFESSOR OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Fiction News:

Writing Students Ye Odelia Lu and Lin King Contribute to 'Queer Time: A Special Notebook of Taiwanese Tongzhi Literature'

Writing Students Ye Odelia Lu and Lin King Contribute to 'Queer Time: A Special Notebook of Taiwanese Tongzhi Literature'

The notebook—published as part of Asian American Writers' Workshop's online magazine, The Margins—is a part of their Transpacific Literary Project, which "holds a space for writing and translation from East and Southeast Asia."

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Soon After First Light: Joshua Furst

Soon After First Light: Joshua Furst

Soon After First Light is a series where we talk craft, process, and pandemic with Columbia's accomplished writing professors. Here, we talk with Associate Professor Joshua Furst about writing by hand, propaganda, and the merits of constraint.

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