Carnegie Mellon University

CMU Creative Writing Program 50th Anniversary

Schedule of Events: Thursday, October 25 - Saturday, October 27

Carnegie Mellon University's Creative Writing Program in the Department of English invites you to return to campus for a series of panel discussions, opportunities to meet current students and reconnect with classmates and professors and, of course, a party.

October 25, Thursday

12:00 P.M. - Welcome Back: Location in “The Glad,” 260 Baker Hall
Come say hello.  We'd love to take your photo and see what you've been doing since you left us. 

2:00 P.M. - Tours of Campus: What Hasn't Changed?  

5:30 P.M. - Publishing PanelFeaturing Michael Szczerban, John Biggs, Becky Kraemer, Matthew Kopel.

7:00 P.M. - Hilary Masters Cocktail Party 
(Made possible by the Hilary Masters' Memorial Fund)

October 26, Friday:

12:00-1:30 P.M. -  President’s Inauguration All Campus Picnic: Located on THE CUT.

2:00 P.M. - "What Can't You Do With A Creative Writing Degree?"  Panel: Featuring Laura Leigh Morris, Sarah Cypher, Meagan Ciesla.

4:00 P.M. - Fiction & Poetry ReadingFeaturing Tom Sweterlitsch, David Koehn, and Sarah Smith.

6:00 P.M. - Light Snacks: Location in “The Glad,” 260 Baker Hall

7:30 P.M. - Hollywood PanelFeaturing Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Laura Harkcom, Kai Yu Wu. Moderator: David Gross.

October 27, Saturday:  

11:00-12:30 P.M. - “Teaching as Writers” PanelFeaturing Neema Avashia, Allison Seger, Erin Tocknell. Moderator: Jane McCafferty.

12:00 P.M.  - "What Are You Up To?" Social & Book Signing  

2:00-3:30 P.M. - “Drag Queens and Political Junkies: The Unexpected Life of Nonfiction” Panel: Featuring Elyssa Goodman, Michael Gartland. Moderator: Jane Bernstein.

5:00 P.M. - Keynote Speakers Address: Featuring Elizabeth Currid-Halkett and Javier Grillo-Marxuach.

7:00 P.M. - Closing Party: Hosted by Sharon Dilworth, location at 5811 Howe Street, in Shadyside.           


Event locations are
Baker Hall 260 and Baker Hall 136 A - Adamson Wing, unless noted.

We invite you to tag favorite moments on social media:

Lodging reservation block is available
at Hotel Indigo, East Liberty location.

Please contact Sharon Dilworth at with any questions.