Writing is an art—and in an arts and communications institution like Columbia, collaboration opportunities will shape your educational experience. In the process-oriented Fiction BFA program—designed to prepare you for graduate school in creative writing or writing-related professions—you’ll experience a range of writing styles and techniques while refining your focus on fiction writing styles and critiquing skills.
Along the way, you’ll also focus on generating work, flexing your writing muscles through an array of specialty writing classes that integrate popular forms and traditional literary pursuits. You’ll complete a service learning component and choose between two capstone courses. Whether you develop a creative portfolio or a teaching journal/essay, you’ll focus your energy into rigorous studio classes to master your art form in your specific field of choice.
For degree requirements and detailed four-year and transfer plans, visit the course catalog.
Just as writing processes and styles vary, there’s no single type of “Fiction Writing student.” As part of a collaborative group of dynamic, diverse writers—a group that includes Poetry and Nonfiction students—you’ll exercise your creativity, explore a variety of works and styles, and find your unique voice as you focus in your chosen area of concentration.Read More
Like our students, Columbia Fiction faculty members are diverse in every sense of the word, and they are interested in pushing boundaries in the field of fiction writing. Combining vast literary backgrounds and experiences with a willingness to experiment, they provide supportive instruction while encouraging you to seek out new, experimental ways of writing. They don’t just push you to your limits—they help you redefine your limits.Read More
Alumni of the Fiction BFA program write their own stories of success, taking what they’ve learned and creating a place for themselves in the real writing world. Many of our alumni publish their own books, start their own reading series or go on to get MFAs or PhDs, and many put their writing skills to work for major corporations and industries around the country. The skills you learn translate to a myriad of job possibilities.Read More
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