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 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.>>

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 Graduate Center

The Writers' Institute

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. >>

Graduate School of Journalism

MA in Journalism

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

CUNY Publishing Institute

A five-day course on new modes of book publishing for newcomers, entrepreneurs and industry veterans alike. >>

Hostos Community College

English Department

The English program is designed to enable student to use written and spoken English as a flexible, creative tool to express ideas and to improve their facility with written and spoken language. >>

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

The concentration in Creative Writing is designed to provide students with an informed appreciation of the depth and breadth of literature written in English, as well as the opportunity to develop their own interests and skills in creative writing.. >>

MFA in Creative Writing

Fiction, memoir, and poetry workshops normally consist of twelve students and a distinguished instructor who critiques and guides their writing. >>

MFA in Playwriting

The Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting is a selective two-year program with a strong emphasis on production. Students will study playwriting, theatre history, dramatic literature and play analysis in Hunter’s Department of Theatre while learning to collaborate with actors, directors, designers, and dramaturg through the rehearsal process for readings and productions. >>

The Writing Center

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

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

English Department

Whether you want to pursue literature, law, creative writing, journalism, or film, our award-winning faculty will help you succeed. Routinely honored for its outstanding teaching, mentoring and service to students, John Jay’s English Department is home to a nationally recognized and award-winning Writing Program, world-renowned poets, novelists, and scholars, and a community of lively and engaged students preparing for careers in law, education, public policy, business, writing, and communications. >>

Kingsborough Community College

English Department

Liberal Arts majors may elect to graduate from Kingsborough with a Concentration in English. To graduate with this concentration, you must earn a total of nine credits from any combination of literature courses and creative writing courses. >>

LaGuardia Community College

Writing and Literature Major

As a student in the Writing and Literature Program, you will be encouraged to participate in literary activities such as student and faculty poetry and fiction readings and to submit your work to publications such as Literary LaGuardia and The Bridge. >>

Lehman College

Department of English

Lehman College's Department of English offers undergraduates a major with four distinct areas of specialization: Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Early Childhood Education.>>

Medgar Evers College

Department of English

English majors may concentrate in cross-cultural literature, creative writing or professional writing.>>

The Center for Black Literature

Founded in 2003 and spearheaded by Brenda M. Greene, Ph.D., the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, builds on the tradition and legacy of the National Black Writers Conference that began in 1986 and serves as a voice, mecca, and resource for Black writers and the general public to study the literature of people from the African Diaspora. >>

New York City College of Technology

English Department

Our writing courses are designed to help you become a more experienced and confident writer. Each year, students from every degree program at New York City College of Technology take introductory and advanced composition courses, as well as in career writing, creative writing, journalism, and technical writing. >>

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 Writing Courses

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 Communiqué, the College’s newspaper. >>

York College

Department of English

The Department offers majors in English, English with Childhood Education, and Journalism, and minors in English, Creative Writing, and Journalism. >>