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: Kevin González

Associate Professor of English Kevin González Awarded the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant.

Associate Professor of English Kevin González has been awarded the 2021 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for his upcoming memoir, Juracán.

This grant from The Whiting Foundation is awarded annually to writers who are completing cultural nonfiction books. González’s memoir focuses on his experiences growing up in Puerto Rico in the ‘80s and ‘90s, then immigrating to the United States.

Read more about Professor González's award.


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