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

Three Brooklyn College MFA Faculty Members Win Guggenheim Fellowship - "'We hit the trifecta,' said poet and emeritus professor Louis Asekoff, one of three newly-minted Guggenheim Fellows with poet Ben Lerner, who wrote the critically acclaimed novel ‘Leaving the Atocha Station,’ and playwright Erin Courtney, who co-founded the Brooklyn Writers Space.  The Flatbush CUNY school trio were among 175 winners chosen from nearly 3,000 U.S. and Canadian contenders from the arts, sciences and humanities.” >>

English Professor George Guida named City Tech 2013 Scholar On Campus -  “New York City College of Technology (City Tech) has chosen English Professor George Guida as its 2013 Scholar on Campus for his outstanding work as a poet, fiction writer, critic, editor and teacher… ‘Creativity is a means, but, more importantly, it is an end in itself,’ Dr. Guida says … ‘For me, the greatest example of creativity as its own goal is the exercise and the pleasure of human language.’” >>

J Journal Earns National Recognition with 2013 Pushcart Prize for Fiction - " J Journal: New Writing on Justice, the literary journal of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, has won a 2013 Pushcart Prize for Fiction for 'The Fall of Punicea' by Paul Stapleton, a short story published in the journal's Spring 2011 issue. With this recognition, in addition to the two Special Mentions in the 2011 Pushcart Anthology, the well-regarded journal joins the ranks of the best literary journals in the United States." >>

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 Erika Dreifus, Director of Communications for the Office of Academic Affairs, CUNY Central.