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 10, 2019, 3:00 pm

 
 

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.

Leslie Jamison, Nonfiction Concentration Director

Nonfiction News

 ‘The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness’ Memoir by Alumna Sarah Ramey '07 Published This Month

 ‘The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness’ Memoir by Alumna Sarah Ramey '07 Published This Month

The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness, is described by Goodreads as “a page-turning medical mystery that reveals a new understanding of today’s illnesses.”

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Melissa Clark '94 Releases New Cookbook 'Dinner in French'

Melissa Clark '94 Releases New Cookbook 'Dinner in French'

This book contains classic French recipes as well as innovations and variations of classics based on Clark’s experience growing up in Brooklyn and summering in France with her family.

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