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.

 

Upcoming Writing Fiction Online Q&A: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 3:00 pm

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:

Professor Susan Bernofsky & Alumna Alexandra Kleeman ’12 2020-21 Berlin Prize Fellows

Professor Susan Bernofsky & Alumna Alexandra Kleeman ’12 2020-21 Berlin Prize Fellows

Associate Professor Susan Bernofsky and alumna Alexandra Kleeman ’12 are two of this year’s recipients of the Berlin Prize, awarded by the American Academy in Berlin.  

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'Drifts' by Adjunct Professor Kate Zambreno out from Riverhead Books

'Drifts' by Adjunct Professor Kate Zambreno out from Riverhead Books

Drifts is an intimate portrait of reading, writing, and creative obsession that tells the story of a writer who is working on a book titled Drifts, effectively making the book a work of autofiction.

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'If I Had Your Face' by Alumna Frances Cha '11 Out with Random House

'If I Had Your Face' by Alumna Frances Cha '11 Out with Random House

Cha’s debut novel is set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, and is about four young women making their way in a world.

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