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Creative Writing

About Creative Writing

Students in the Creative Writing Department at Columbia choose between three different majors: Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction.

A major in Poetry helps students develop their own voices as poets and acquire the knowledge and historical grounding necessary to write and publish poetry of power and sophistication. Students of the Creative Writing-Poetry Program will become familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies and gain a greater creative, critical, and aesthetic understanding of their discipline.

A major in Nonfiction introduces students to a variety of forms in nonfiction and helps students discover different ways of writing that are individual and original. Students will also gain a clear sense the genre’s openness to new modes of expression and will become well versed in the history and forms of the genre.

The Fiction major is a comprehensive program that emphasizes writing process as well as final product. This includes creative and critical study of how writers write, as well as elective specialty writing courses in genre and professional development. 

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First Semester Classes

In their first semester, Poetry students should register for the following courses:

  • • 59-1500 Poetry Workshop: Beginning
  • • 59-1100 Foundations of Creative Writing


In their first semester, Nonfiction students should register for the following courses: 

  • • 59-1700 Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Beginning
  • • 59-1100 Foundations of Creative Writing 

In their first semester, Fiction students should register for the following courses:

  • • 59-1201 Fiction I 
  • • 59-1450 Fiction Tutoring*
  • • 59-1100 Foundations of Creative Writing

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