Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
Carnegie Mellon's Creative Writing program is one of the oldest undergraduate programs in the country, and one of the few offering a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing degree. While studying with faculty members who are practicing poets and prose writers, Creative Writing students develop their talents in writing fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting and nonfiction.
The program, based on a conservatory model, is made up of faculty and students who have an intense commitment to their work. Students who do not exhibit a high level of commitment and promise in the introductory classes will not be encouraged to continue in the major.
At the heart of the program is the workshop, where in small, roundtable classes, student work is considered and critiqued by peers and a professor. The workshops emphasize constructive criticism and the incorporation of criticism in revision. The workshop process gives students the chance to practice their craft, to experiment, and to grow as writers.
The capstone project for many of our students is the Dietrich College honors thesis program. Creative writing majors often complete a book of poems, short stories, a novel, or a screenplay, working one-on-one throughout their senior year with a faculty advisor.
Because the Creative Writing program provides a disciplined atmosphere in which to study and write, it appeals especially to students who are as concerned with their personal growth as with vocational goals.