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.

 

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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:

Alumna Daphne Palasi Andreades ’19 Wins O. Henry Prize, Published in ‘The Best Short Stories 2021’

Alumna Daphne Palasi Andreades ’19 Wins O. Henry Prize, Published in ‘The Best Short Stories 2021’

Anchor Books recently published The Best Short Stories 2021: The O. Henry Prize Winners, a twenty-story collection which includes “Brown Girls” by alumna Daphne Palasi Andreades ’19.

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Three Alumni Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Awards

Three Alumni Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation announced the longlist for the 2021 National Book Awards, nominating School of the Arts alumni Baba Badji ‘15 and Jakob Guanzon ‘17 and Journalism School alumna Paula Yoo (‘92 JRN) for the historic literary prize.

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Alumnus Gordy Sauer '11 Publishes 'Child in the Valley' with Hub City Press

Alumnus Gordy Sauer '11 Publishes 'Child in the Valley' with Hub City Press

The debut novel follows seventeen-year-old Joshua Gaines, an orphan who dreams of becoming a doctor like his late father, but finds himself on the run from his father's debt.

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