Carnegie Mellon University

Creative Writing Program

Carnegie Mellon University houses one of a small number of English departments in the country offering a major in Creative Writing.

In the Creative Writing program, undergraduate students will develop talents in writing fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction. While studying with faculty members who are writers, Creative Writing majors will read a wide range of literature and genres, sharpen critical and verbal skills, better explore the resources and potential of imagination, and develop a professional attitude towards writing. The extracurricular writing activities and a variety of writing internships available on and off campus provide valuable experiences for planning both professional and academic futures.  After graduation, many Creative Writing majors go on to graduate writing programs and to careers in teaching, publishing, public relations, advertising, TV and film, or freelance writing and editing.

Declare Creative Writing

Spotlight: Lauren Shapiro

Assistant Professor of English Lauren Shapiro Wins 2019 Editor’s Choice in CSU Poetry Center Book Competition

Earlier this summer the Cleveland State University Poetry Center announced the 2019 results of its prestigious book competition, selecting five winners for publication from nearly 1,000 manuscripts. The new poetry collection Arena from Professor Lauren Shapiro was selected as the Editor’s Choice.

Read more about Professor Shapiro's work.