Writing Programs

A list of CUNY’s various undergraduate, graduate, and certificate creative writing programs. Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or journalism, CUNY is the place for you to hone your craft and learn from seasoned and award-winning professionals.

Baruch College

Journalism and the Writing Professions

The new Journalism Major includes specializations in Journalism and Creative Writing and Business Journalism. Whether you're interested in a career in journalism, management, communications, entertainment, business, public service, or law, the Journalism Major can help advance your career. You will improve your writing ability while learning to access information and data, evaluate the information you need, and communicate effectively and publish accurately and responsibly whether online, in print, and/or over the air waves. >>

Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program

Funded by alumnus Sidney Harman (‘39), the Writer-in-Residence Program brings distinguished writers to the Baruch College campus every year. Whether they are poets, playwrights, novelists, journalists, essayists or critics, the Harman Writers-in-Residence enrich the Baruch environment, creating a lively literary salon for students and faculty. >>

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Writing and Literature

The Writing and Literature Degree at BMCC introduces students to great literature and teaches them to turn their own thoughts into polished prose, poetry, plays and journalism. It is also the aim of the program to introduce students to some of the many interesting careers that are available to those with an expertise in literary studies, especially in New York City, the literary capital of the world. BMCC's Writing and Literature Program has won a 2008 Diana Hacker Award from the Two-Year College English Association of the National Council of Teachers of English as the exemplary program in the category of Enhancing Literature and Cultural Arts. >>

Brooklyn College

English Department

The Brooklyn College English Department, a community of scholars, teachers, and writers, is responsible for many undergraduate programs, from introductory writing courses to a bachelor of arts in English; a bachelor of arts in comparative literature, a bachelor of fine arts in creative writing; a bachelor of arts in journalism, and three minors-in English, comparative literature, and journalism.>>

MFA Program

This small, highly personal two-year program in creative writing confers Masters of Fine Arts degrees in fiction, poetry, and playwriting. It offers single-discipline and inter-genre workshops, literature seminars, small-group reading tutorials, and one-on-one tutorials, which all emphasize relationships between eminent faculty and students. >>

The City College of New York

Department of English

English is one of the largest academic departments on the CCNY campus, with B.A. programs in literature and creative writing, an M.F.A. program in creative writing and an M.A. program in literature. More than 100 full-time & part-time faculty offer dozens of different courses each semester. English is also home to the Comparative Literature Program.>>

M.A. Program in Spanish (concentration in Creative Writing in Spanish)

This new concentration will start in the academic year 2008-09, and it will be run as part of our existing M.A. program in Spanish.>>

Poetry Outreach Center

The primary purpose of the Poetry Outreach Center is to encourage poetic activity--the creation and appreciation of poetry--at all levels of public education. An ancillary purpose is to strengthen overall literacy through creative writing. We do this through workshops, an Annual Poetry Festival, contests, and an annual anthology containing student and adult poetry, Poetry in Performance.>>

The Publishing Certificate Program

Inaugurated in September of 1997, The Publishing Certificate Program is unique in offering undergraduates and non-matriculating students a variety of courses and seminars which will provide them with the knowledge, skills and contacts necessary to enter the publishing field.

The Graduate Center

The Writers' Institute

Now approaching its fifth year, The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center is designed with both creative ambitions and real-world practicalities in mind. Our mission is to enable thirty talented, highly motivated and exceptionally qualified writers to hone their craft under the auspices of some of today’s most accomplished magazine, newspaper, and book editors. >>

Leon Levy Center for Biography

Envisioned as a hub for writers, scholars, students and readers of the genre, the Leon Levy Center for Biography seeks to build connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers working in print, film, visual arts and new media across academic disciplines. Through public programs, an annual conference and lecture we endeavor to raise the profile of biography within the academy and cultivate lively interdisciplinary discussion about biography in our time. >>

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

The Master of Arts degree in journalism at CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism is a new, intensive, three-semester program designed to prepare gifted graduate students for a wide variety of careers in the field of journalism. >>

Hostos Community College

English Department

Whether you are a prospective English major, beginning writer, aspiring poet, or career professional, you will encounter dedicated faculty who are devoted to teaching at Hostos Community College. We take pride in our programs in Libra Core English and First-Year Composition, and in our elective courses in literature, drama, poetry, linguistics, and creative writing. Our courses are designed to enable you to use language to communicate more effectively and to think analytically and creatively in career and academic contexts. >>

Latin American Writers Institute (LAWI)

The Latin American Writers Institute (LAWI) was founded by Professor Isaac Goldemberg at The City College of New York in 1987. Housed at Hostos Community College since 1992, LAWI is an organization devoted to promoting Latin American and Latino literature in the United States. >>

Hunter College

Undergraduate English Major with Concentration in Creative Writing

This concentration provides students with solid training in the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, as well as the analysis of literary texts. While students in creative writing spend time in writing workshops, they also take literature classes and learn to make connections between creative writing and critical reading. >>

MFA in Creative Writing

Perhaps in considering the writing programs available at the center of the universe, you should acquaint yourself with the English Department at Hunter College, where you will find all of the advantages of New York City, as well as distinguished professors with international reputations, talented students, connections, and a continual flow of great writers who will visit your classroom. >>

MFA in Playwriting

The Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting is a selective two year program with a strong emphasis on production.  Under the guidance of award wining playwright Tina Howe, Playwright in Residence, you will study the craft of playwriting, theater history, dramatic literature and play analysis in Hunter's Department of Theatre as well as be encouraged to take electives. >>

The Writing Center

The Writing Center offers a cultural showcase of writing workshops, special topic courses, and free literary events featuring guest speakers.>>

Lehman College

Department of English

The specializations that undergraduate students in the Department may choose are Literature, Professional Writing, and Creative Writing. Graduate students may choose concentrations in literature or composition studies. >>

Medgar Evers College

BA in English with Creative Writing Concentration <pdf>

The Creative Writing Concentration in the English BA program at Medgar Evers College provides a unique opportunity for aspiring writers to study the craft of writing in a curriculum rooted in a variety of traditions. From convention to experimental, mainstream to marginal, students in the undergraduate Creative Writing Concentration are grounded in a multiplex experience of the contemporary writing scene. >> <pdf>

The Center for Black Literature

The Center serves as a vehicle for nurturing and cultivating the critical reading and writing habits of a cross-generation of readers and writers and provides university, community and public institutions with literary programs such as conferences, symposia, book discussions, author signings and writing workshops. >>

Publishing Certificate Program

The Publishing Certificate Program of the Center for Black Literature provides students with an awareness of the publishing industry in totality and the skills to obtain an entry level position. Students will have an opportunity to take courses with experts in the field. Required courses include an overview of the publishing industry, online publishing, copyediting, the role of the agent, and graphics and typography. Students are also encouraged to take an internship. The Program is designed to increase the percentage of writers of color in the publishing industry. >>

Queens College

MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation

The only Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing graduate program in Queens, the most linguistically and culturally diverse borough in New York City! Our program offers tracks in creative writing (poetry, prose, playwriting) and literary translation. Workshops, craft courses and literary seminars are taught by core faculty members, as well as visiting writers. >>

Queensborough Community College

English Department

The English Department offers a number of creative writing courses in poetry, fiction writing and advanced prose as well as journalism. Students in the creative writing courses have a chance to prepare their works for student publications or join the Poetry Slam Team. Students in EN-214: Introduction to Journalism write, edit, and publish Communique, the College's newspaper. >>

York College

Department of English

The Department of English offers a major, several minors [including one in creative writing], and houses York College's new Journalism Program. >>