Carnegie Mellon University

Sharon Dilworth

Sharon Dilworth

Associate Professor of English, Director of Creative Writing

Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Baker Hall 259, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890


As an artist in mid-career my creative work in fiction explores the tragedies and resonances of middle age. In my new work I have attempted to discern the timbre and qualities that have emerged in my own adult life by creating characters whose desires are circumscribed by the landscapes and pasts they can no longer escape. I think my latest writing is more resonant emotionally than my earlier work. It deals more with ambiguity and paradox and attempts to capture the sadness and grace notes of everyday life. My most recent novel, Year of the Ginkgo, will be published in the summer of 2010.  In the context of developing interdisciplinary links across campus as well as giving students the opportunity to acquire valuable hands-on experience I have helped developed a new course on campus with the College of Fine Arts' School of Drama, the Tepper School of Business and the Entertainment Technology Center "So You Want to Make A Movie." In a yearlong course, students, working in production teams will write, shoot, direct, edit, and market their own feature-length film.