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:

'Eve,' New Comic Book Series by Professor Victor LaValle, Coming This Spring

'Eve,' New Comic Book Series by Professor Victor LaValle, Coming This Spring

The five-issue original comic book series by LaValle and artist Jo Mi-Gyeong features an eleven year old girl named Eve who wakes up from the virtual reality she's known all her life to a world that is falling apart.

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'The Body Scout' by Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Lincoln Michel '09 Coming This Fall

'The Body Scout' by Alumnus and Adjunct Professor Lincoln Michel '09 Coming This Fall

Michel's novel, which uniquely intertwines baseball with biocybernetics, follows main character Kobo, who scouts genetically and cybernetically modified talent for New York City's baseball teams.

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'Something New Under the Sun' by Alumna Alexandra Kleeman '12 Forthcoming in August

'Something New Under the Sun' by Alumna Alexandra Kleeman '12 Forthcoming in August

The novel, which is set in a near-future LA, follows protagonist Patrick Hamlin, a novelist from the East Coast who travels to Hollywood to supervise the making of his book into a film.

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