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Nurturing Creative Writers

Students who are passionate about creative writing can develop their interests through hands-on workshop classes and literary seminars at Point Park University.

At our Downtown Pittsburgh campus, undergraduates can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing or a creative writing minor working in a variety of genres including:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
Pictured are Point Park creative writing majors at a master class on campus.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the creative writing major.

Some of the courses in our Bachelor of Arts program include:

  • The Art of the Short Story
  • Grant Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop
  • Haunted America
  • Feminist Fairytales
  • LGBTQ Literature and Culture
  • Mad Science and Literature
  • 21st Century Poetry
  • Reading Race and Shakespeare

Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom.

The faculty in the Department of Literary Arts have extensive expertise in a wide range of disciplines including American and British literature, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, linguistics, women's studies, composition, public speaking and more.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Chris Girman, Ph.D., J.D., chair of the Department of Literary Arts.
  • Specializes in creative nonfiction
  • Research interests include masculinity studies, Latin American/Latino literature, LGBTQIA studies and American Realism of the 19th Century
  • Recent course offerings include James Baldwin, Sport Literature & Culture and Latinx Literature

Hands-On Writing Experience for the Real World

We offers students in our creative writing program rich opportunities for practical experience. In addition to craft-oriented workshops, we host a literary artists club and regularly welcome nationally-known authors to lecture and work with our writing students.

Students in our creative writing major:

  • Analyze important works in the genres they study;
  • Define the most important elements of genres they study;
  • Apply their understanding of creative genres by writing their own creative works;
  • Refine their voices as writers; and
  • Prepare to pursue an M.F.A. degree or a career in the arts or other profession.

Careers in Creative Writing

With a bachelor's degree in creative writing and English, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities, such as:

  • Writer
  • Freelancer
  • Communications professional
  • Publisher
  • Journalist

2022 Literary Arts & Social Justice Career and Internship Summit

In the videos linked below, Point Park students, alumni and faculty share how English, creative writing and social justice programs prepare you for competitive career opportunities:

Student & Alumni Success

Learn about the hands-on experiences our students are gaining and where our graduates have gone on to build their careers.

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Pictured is creative writing student Mary Moses. | Photo by Sydney Patton
Student Profile
"The workload may be heavy sometimes, but it all pays off in the end. Find what you love and follow the journey. Chances are, it will lead you somewhere unexpected."
Pictured is creative writing alumna Julianna Bagwell.
Alumni Profile
"Point Park provided me with amazing classes and mentors. During my three years at the school, I took a multitude of workshops that gave me the opportunity to share and critique creative work with my peers and professors."

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