About the Nonfiction Concentration

 

Led by director Leslie Jamison, the Nonfiction concentration in the Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts includes full-time faculty Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Margo Jefferson, Richard Locke, and Phillip Lopate. The adjunct nonfiction faculty members include Michael Greenberg, Eliza Griswold, Alana Newhouse, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, Benjamin Taylor, and Brenda Wineapple.  Recent visiting writers include Meghan Daum, Geoff Dyer, Vivian Gornick, Patricia Hampl, Laura Kipnis, Wayne Koestenbaum, Patricia Marx, Lia Purpura, Stacy Schiff, and John Jeremiah Sullivan.

 

The concentration offers instruction in a full range of subgenres, from memoir and personal essay to science writing, criticism, humor, research methods, profiles, food writing and lyric essay. All students engage with a range of nonfiction prose, from the Ancients to the most cutting-edge contemporaries. They leave the program able to practice more than one type of nonfiction.

 

Upcoming Writing Nonfiction Online Q&A: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 12pm EST (ENDED)

 
 

Our nonfiction program offers our students an exciting and supportive community, led by a faculty composed of literary luminaries and passionately committed teachers drawn from the tremendous network of writers and editors based in New York City. Our courses cover a diverse array of genres—including personal essays and memoir, literary reportage, literary and cultural criticism—and our program encourages hybridity, rigor, and experiment.

Laslie Jamison, Nonfiction Concentration Director

Nonfiction News

Writing Student Jon-Marc McDonald Interviewed by 'The Dramatist'

Writing Student Jon-Marc McDonald Interviewed by 'The Dramatist'

Current nonfiction writing student Jon-Marc McDonald’s play, Relatively Conscious, premiered last year.

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Writing Roundup: Week February 24, 2019

Writing Roundup: Week February 24, 2019

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing students, faculty and alumni have been busy publishing new work. Read more in our weekly roundup.  

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Alumna Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah '11 Receives American Mosaic Journalism Prize

Writing alumna Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah '11 received the American Mosaic Journalism Prize recently, an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000 awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups i

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