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

Professor Hilton Als Named Presidential Visiting Scholar at Princeton

Professor Hilton Als Named Presidential Visiting Scholar at Princeton

According to Princeton, the visiting scholars program “is intended to support visitors from academic or professional fields who can contribute to the University’s diversity, broadly defined.”

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Writers in Collaboration: A Model Writer

Writers in Collaboration: A Model Writer

Writers in Collaboration is a series covering writers involved in two art mediums and/or working with other artists.

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'The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour' by Lori Soderlind

'The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour' by Lori Soderlind

The Change is a memoir about Soderlind’s decision to embark on a cross-country trip with her dog following a sort of midlife crisis.

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