About the Nonfiction Concentration

 

Led by director Phillip Lopate, the Nonfiction concentration in the Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts includes full-time faculty Hilton Als, Lis Harris, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, and Richard Locke. 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.

 
 

We offer a full range of courses, from memoir and personal essay to science writing, criticism, humor, research methods, profiles, food writing and lyric essay. It’s the biggest graduate nonfiction program in the country, with a stellar faculty, arguably the best.

Phillip Lopate, Nonfiction Concentration Director

Nonfiction News

Writing Roundup: April 10, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks, Writing Program alumni, faculty, and students have been busy publishing new work and, in the case of one affiliate, winning an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Read more in our biweekly roundup of news about Columbia writers. Paul Beatty, Faculty

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Kassi Underwood '13 to Publish Memoir

Writing Program alumna Kassi Underwood '13 will publish her first book, a memoir entitled May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion, with HarperOne this February.

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Three Writing Alumni Awarded NEA Fellowships

Two Writing Program alumni and one undergraduate Creative Writing alumna were among those awarded creative writing fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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