Carnegie Mellon University

The Writing Academy

The mission of The Writing Academy (TWA) is to provide real-world experience to writers through mentorship programs, career workshops, and alumni panels. The club is academic and network-based in nature, helping CMU writers learn more about their respective industries and gain experience in the field.


Membership is open to all CMU undergraduate and graduate students. While we assume most members will be from the Department of English, there are no restrictions as to whether students from other majors, schools, and departments may join TWA. Applications will be received at the beginning of each semester (Fall and Spring). There is no membership fee. Attendance at all events is optional except for one mandatory event each semester in addition to meeting with your mentor. Potential members may fill out the application at any point during the semester to be reviewed among request.

Members may be removed from TWA if they fail to adhere to University policy or fail to attend more than two consecutive mentor events. Member approval must be decided amongst the board with a ⅔ majority vote. We will also consult the member’s respective mentor to ensure responsibilities are not being met. 

The Writing Academy is committed to following the CMU Statement of Assurance regarding discrimination. The Writing Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender, color, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information. Hazing will not be tolerated in TWA and we are required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws.


Member meetings are held once a month on the third Wednesday of the month. Board meetings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. General member meetings will follow an agenda prepared by the Executive Board and will likely introduce a panelist, alumni mentor, or other opportunity. 

The President or Founder is responsible for convening meetings of the Board bi-weekly to discuss career panels, mentorship opportunities, club resources, and other upcoming events. All officers will have equal power in terms of decision making.