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:

Six Columbia Writers on the 2020 PEN Longlist

Six Columbia Writers on the 2020 PEN Longlist

Xuan Juliana Wang ’11, Professor Leslie Jamison, Ruchika Tomar ’12, Yvette Siegert '07, Virlana Maria Tkacz ’83 (Theatre) and Wanda Phipps ’83 (Barnard) were included on the 2020 Pen America Literary Awards Longlist.

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Columbia Faculty and Alumni Make the Grade on NPR's Best Books List

Columbia Faculty and Alumni Make the Grade on NPR's Best Books List

NPR’s prestigious end of year list includes Columbia alumni and faculty members like Tina Chang '97, Professor Rivka Galchen '06, Professor Brenda Wineapple, Professor Leslie jamison, Karen Russell '06, Professor Binnie Krishenbaum, and Lauren Wilkinson '13.

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So Many Notables, So Little Time: 'The New York Times' 2019 List of the Best

So Many Notables, So Little Time: 'The New York Times' 2019 List of the Best

The School of the Arts is well represented on this years’ prestigious New York Times Notable Books of the Year list, which includes alumni and faculty members working across all genres, and ranges from veterans of the craft to a debut novelist. 

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