Creative Writing - Fiction
Core workshops in the Creative Writing - Fiction program are taught using the acclaimed Story Workshop® approach, a classroom process that emphasizes the development of each student’s unique voice and stories. Students in the Fiction Writing program learn to tap their imagination’s creative problem-solving potential and explore the interrelated processes of reading, listening, perceiving, experiencing, thinking critically and, of course, writing. Through writing novels, short stories, plays, essays, or graphic novels, students learn diverse creative approaches helpful to realizing their own voice and vision in the stories they want to tell.
Creative Writing - Nonfiction
The Creative Writing - Nonfiction program offers a diverse and comprehensive curriculum of classes and workshops for students interested in working in this rapidly growing genre that is both practical and literary, and which can include such forms as the personal essay, autobiography, memoir, diary, the prose poem, and travel writing. Students will learn to discover and shape their own storytelling techniques while sharing their original perspectives with their audience. The program offers a full sequence of workshops in nonfiction writing, as well as classes in the history and theory of the genre. By graduation, students will have developed an individual voice and will have written a thesis—a mini-book that showcases the best of the student’s individual work.
Creative Writing - Poetry
Columbia’s commitment to young poets is well known. Students learn from internationally recognized poets who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, and theoretical perspectives to the classroom. The program pushes the next generation of poets to reach greater artistic achievements in their work. Students complete courses in a curriculum that includes workshops, craft seminars, and traditional literature courses, all of which are designed to develop their skills as writers, observers, and thinkers. Every graduate completes a chapbook-length thesis of his or her own poems.
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