It is not our belief creative writing is simply an attractive addition to the main body of intellectual work that is undertaken by the university.The writing of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is itself intellectual work.
After the second year, TAs may teach advanced composition and introductory creative writing classes. A maximum of six graduate credits earned at another institution may be transferred, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, toward fulfillment of the MFA credit requirements.
Any transfer of credit, however, depends on a course-by-course evaluation by the Director of Graduate Studies, in consultation with Writing Program faculty, regarding the relevance and comparability of each course to our MFA program and its curriculum.
If your GPA is below 3.0, you may still be able to be admitted with a “provisional status.”Candidates for admission to the MFA Program in Writing need not have been undergraduate writing or English majors, but should be prepared to submit a sample of writing in the genre in which they wish to specialize.
But it should be noted that a background in English factors heavily in the awarding of Teaching Assistantships.
You may apply to two seperate genres, but you should a) submit separate writing samples for each genres that you wish to be considered; b) signal this preference to be considered for two genres within your personal statement; and c) share your preference to be considered for more than one genre with the graduate administrator via email ([email protected]) before and/or once submitting your application.
Your statement of purpose should tell us about yourself and what brought you to this program. Every year we admit about 10 applicants, evenly divided among the three genres.
Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program? Our students come from colleges and universities from all over the United States and the world.
Feel free to read their bios and learn more about where they come from and what they are writing about.
Our current season of readings can be found under Events on the Writing Program's main page.
“I was challenged to discover a voice I didn’t know I had.