Creative Writing at CUNY

CUNY’s writing programs cover an array of interests and subjects, from journalism to poetry to playwriting. They are also home to the largest number of award-winning creative writing faculty in New York City. As a whole, CUNY's writing community supports and nurtures the writers within it, while nourishing — and drawing inspiration from — the city around it.

Writing Programs

A list of CUNY’s various undergraduate, graduate, and certification 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, prize-winning professionals. >>

CUNY Writers in the News

Peruse our archive of articles featuring CUNY writing faculty, students, alumni, programs, and events. >>

Literary Journals and Publications

CUNY Colleges encourage their students to get involved in publishing by running their own magazines and journals. Many of these have already grown into well-respected publications that feature work by accomplished writers from around the world. Here you’ll find a collection. >>

Awards, Honors, and other Recognitions

So many CUNY faculty members, students, and alumni have received special recognition for their writing. We’re working to archive these accomplishments here. Please see what we’ve recorded so far! >>

Featured Podcasts

Our Podcast Archive features lectures, talks, and readings by accomplished authors and journalists on our campuses. >>

Creative Writing News

Professor Marjorie Welish Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship - Brooklyn College Madelon Leventhal Rand Distinguished Lecturer in Literature Marjorie Welish, "has won a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the creative arts category...Welish credits her upbringing and specifically her father, a City College graduate and businessman who read poetry in his spare time, with sparking her literary interests...She has been teaching at Brooklyn College for three years and says she appreciates the opportunity to craft her courses in creative ways." >>

Ta-Nehisi Coates Named Journalist-in-Residence for the Fall Semester - "Coates was awarded the National Magazine Award in 2013 for opinion writing and critique and was nominated the same year for a National Magazine Award in commentary. He won the Sidney Hillman Prize for opinion and analysis in 2012....His memoir, 'The Beautiful Struggle,' was published in 2009 and his second book will be coming out later this year." >>

Eldridge & Co: Elizabeth Nunez - "Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir" - In this CUNY TV series episode, "Elizabeth Nunez, distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College, scholar and author of 8 novels, talks about 'Not for Everyday Use: A Memoir' her latest book. Ms. Nunez beautifully explores family relationships, cultural influences, the oppression of the church and colonialism and more.” >>

Writing Events

A listing of CUNY's various writing events sponsored or organized by CUNY colleges.


Check this Academic Commons group and blog for news and events from the four CUNY campuses that offer MFA programs in Creative Writing: Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, and Queens College

Contact Info

We welcome information about campus-based readings, conferences, and similar events from CUNY faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Please send links to official announcements to Karen Rostron, Office of Academic Affairs, CUNY Central.