The Columbia Fiction Foundry, founded in 2009, is a community of alumni novelists dedicated to improving their craft and who share  the goal of commercial publication. The Fiction Foundry is a Shared Interest Group of the Columbia Alumni Association. In addition to its monthly writing workshops, the Fiction Foundry also hosts a Distinguished Speaker Series which has included award-winning alumni novelists, writing program instructors, literary agents, and acquisition editors. Joining the Fiction Foundry adds an alumnus to its cyber community and to its distribution list for newsletters, articles, and events.