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Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program

The Columbia University MFA Writing Program is highly regarded for its rigorous approach to literary instruction and for its faculty of acclaimed writers and editors who are devoted and dedicated teachers. The faculty, the students, and the curriculum represent and foster a full range of artistic and literary diversity. Students are encouraged to make the most of their own artistic instincts and to realize as fully as possible, beyond any perceived limitations, their potential as writers. And as the publishing and arts center of the country, New York provides writers with opportunities and experiences not available elsewhere.

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The Writing Program

Writing students concentrate in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, and also have the option of pursuing a joint course of study in writing and literary translation. Every semester, students take a workshop and, on average, three craft-oriented seminars and/or lectures designed to illuminate, inform, clarify, augment, and inspire each student’s experience and practice as a writer. New seminars, lectures, and master classes are created every year. The workshops, master classes, seminars, and lectures are created for writers by writers who discuss student work and examine literature from a practitioner's perspective.

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Every dollar raised for the writing program’s student support fund will help with fellowships, travel opportunities, internships, and thesis completion.

The Importance of Your Gift

Your support helps the writing program attract the best students and faculty, energizing creativity and collaboration and maintaining the program’s status as amongst the world’s finest.