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We’re the home for undergraduate creative writers at Pratt. Study fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and work across forms in multiple genres including playwriting, screenwriting, graphic novel, fabric books, children’s and young adult books, podcasting, and hybrid writing.
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Type
Undergraduate, BFA
Credits
126
Duration
4 Years
Courses
Plan of Study

Writing at Pratt

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Pratt’s BFA in Writing prepares you to become a highly proficient and self-sustaining creative writer. Through our studio-based approach and our commitments to inquiry, creative research, and critical self-reflection, you’ll expand your creative range, investigate the cultural and historical forces that have sculpted literary traditions, become an expert practitioner, and explore other fields offered at Pratt. Your creative expression is our focus, balanced with professional preparation and community engagement to prepare you to navigate the changing literary landscape. Combining rigor with care, we actively shape your time at Pratt and connect you to campus resources, so that—despite the solitude that sometimes attends the writing life—you’ll feel supported and equipped to achieve your goals. 

The Experience

Interdisciplinary, socially engaged, and deeply personalized, our tight-knit writing community values a plurality of voices and approaches to writing, both on and off the page. You’ll gather with your peers twice a week for intensive studios, where feedback sessions, generative writing, and collaborative thinking take place. You can explore specialized writing electives in screenwriting, dystopian fiction, environmental writing, psychoanalysis, and feminist thought. First-year foundational courses include critical thinking and writing, world literature, writing elements, and community as classroom. A small student-to-faculty ratio on the Brooklyn campus fosters an intimate sense of community, as do on-campus readings and departmental social events.

Community

The BFA Writing offers a suite of courses designed to prepare undergraduates for a life in writing, in all of its dimensions. Taken in the first year, the “Community as Classroom” course will immerse you in the vast literary series, institutions, venues, and activities across the city, as sources not only for what kinds of things are happening in writing right now but also the artistic lineages they are part of.

Professional Development 

We help our students build meaningful, creative, and sustainable writing lives, especially in the years following graduation. The third year course “Writer as Worker” provides concrete skills and guidance to discern, acquire, and plan for a professional development track in the spring semester. Weekly visits with guest authors, agents, editors, journalists, teachers, filmmakers, and theater artists helps you make informed choices about the work/life experiences you’d like to explore in the coming semesters, and beyond. Practical survival skills and support like internships, job search basics, grants, fellowships, and grad school are covered as ways to build a writing life that inspires you.

Internship & Fieldwork

A one-semester credit-bearing internship or independent fieldwork project is accompanied by a guided professional exploration course. Depending on your interests, you could intern at a publishing house, literary agency, film/TV studio, podcast network, news publication, arts organization or nonprofit. Fieldwork projects could include starting a literary journal, publishing a zine, planning a symposium, developing a podcast pilot, building an artist website, learning how to produce and fund theatrical and film productions, and many others. Past sites have also included The Poetry Project, Nightboat Books, Belladonna* Collaborative, Ugly Duckling Presse, The Brooklyn Rail, and Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. The accompanying course ensures your work becomes an educational opportunity through which you can effectively discern the material realities of the writing life and the labor that sustains it.

Study Abroad

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Berlin, Germany is an ideal city for you to broaden your cultural, intellectual, and creative horizons. For a writer, spending a semester abroad can be a powerful experience, offering you the chance to shift perspectives, learn new cultural narratives, and form more expansive world views, all of which deepen and complicate your imaginative potential. The chance to learn a new language is also a direct way to more fully understand and develop your own native language. The Pratt Berlin study abroad program offers sophomores and juniors a chance to spend a semester in one of Europe’s most vibrant artistic and literary cities. Housed in a newly renovated button factory in Kreuzberg, one of Berlin’s most central and exciting neighborhoods, the program offers writing majors and minors in creative writing, critical and visual studies, and humanities and media studies a full 16 credits of core classes and electives with BFA Writing faculty. Visit Pratt’s Study Abroad Program page.

Events and Visiting Writers

Our Writer at Large program, the annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading, the MFA’s Writing Activisms series, and other events bring renowned writers to campus for readings, workshops, and manuscript consultations. Beyond these events, department faculty regularly invite writers to spend time with their classes including Ottessa Moshfegh, Ross Gay, Simone White, Layli Long Soldier, Alexander Chee, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Michelle Tea, Asiya Wadud, Chloë Bass, Sarah Thankam Mathews, and others.

Writer-at-Large 

The Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics

Learning Resources

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Our Faculty

Pratt’s distinguished faculty of ou- tstanding creative professionals and scholars share a common desire to develop each student’s potential and creativity to the fullest. All are practicing writers who are engaged in New York City’s vibrant literary community. Bringing different views, methods, and perspectives they provide a rigorous educational model in which students make and learn. See all Writing faculty and administrators.

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Assistant Professor

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Laura Henriksen

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Christian Hawkey

Professor

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Laura Elrick

Associate Professor

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Dianca Potts

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Alysia Slocum Laferriere

Acting Assistant Chairperson; Visiting Assistant Professor

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Christopher Perez

Visiting Professor

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Anna Moschovakis

Adjunct Associate Professor with CCE

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Jackie Ess

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Sarah Mathews

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Our Alumni

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Pratt’s distinguished alumni are leading diverse and thriving careers, addressing critical challenges and creating innovative work that reimagines our world.

Where They Work

  • Carly Tagen-Dye, Editorial Assistant, People Magazine
  • Anika Jade Levy, Founding Editor, Forever Magazine 
  • Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, Twenty Stories Bookstore
  • Ryan Carson, Founder, NO OD NY
  • Erin Perez, Poetry Teacher, Saint Ann’s School

MFA Programs Attended by BFA Writing Alumni

  • Erica Ammann, Brown University MFA Literary Arts Program
  • Leia Bradley and Anika Jade Levy, Columbia University MFA Writing Program
  • Adrian Shirk, University of Wyoming MFA Creative Writing Program
  • Cristina Merino, The New School MFA Creative Writing Program

Alumni Publications

  • Adrian Shirk, Heaven Is a Place on Earth (Counterpoint, 2022)
  • Laura Henriksen, Laura’s Desires (Nightboat Books, 2024)
  • Phoebe Robinson, Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes (Tiny Reparations Books, 2021) 
  • Brandi Spering, This I Can Tell You (Perennial Press, 2021)
  • Kate Gavino, A Career in Books (Plume, 2022)

Success Stories

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  • We’re doing another stand up class! Check the bio or http://tinyurl.com/prattstandup to sign up. Feel free to tell your friends in other programs as well; the incubator is open to all.
  • Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
  • Come visit our new plant friends in the Cannoneer library 🪴
  • Expect a greener cannoneer in the next few days! We got a big plant order in and your admin staff is getting down and dirty unpacking them for the studios 🌷🌿🌱🍄🪴🪷
  • Check out this workshop presented by CUNY CLEAR! more about the group below.
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The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

CLEAR is rooted in CUNY School of Law’s relationship with community-based organizations whose members wish to shape and respond to national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices affecting them. It is a cross-clinical project that began as a collaboration between the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, and the Defenders Clinic. Today, CLEAR is staffed by law students from across the clinical program, including the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, the Defenders Clinic, the International Women’s and Human Rights Clinic, and the Economic Justice Project.
  • Images from Gina Zucker's Dystopian Women course last semester. This class has formed an official Pratt club called "Dystopian Bodies." Their first event was held in collaboration with the publication of The Prattler's Dystopia/Utopia issue!
  • From the folks at The Prattler:

The Prattler is looking for writers to pitch for our last print issue of the spring semester! For this issue, we are asking you to explore and reflect on the theme "Wonderland." Just so you know – we only need a pitch right now, no writing upfront, however these pitches will be due in the Drive by Friday the 16th. We are looking for on-theme contributions only, with a maximum word count of 500 per piece. We accept opinion pieces, explorations of community & culture, visual media, poetry, prose, and almost whatever else you can think up as long as it is theme-appropriate.

Wonderland has been defined as both “an imaginary land full of wonders” and “any place of great beauty or strangeness.” For our final print issue of the year, we ask: If the constraints of our world were to be cast away, how might your imagination roam free in your own kind of surrealistic (or not) “Wonderland?” What do you long for, deep down inside – and how, similar as it did for Alice, does it/might it manifest for you? Does it come through in your art, your dreams, your writing, the way you walk through the world? It can be anything – as fantastic or mundane as you desire – so long as you want it.
  • Our next mixer is the last day of the month!
  • Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
We’re doing another stand up class! Check the bio or http://tinyurl.com/prattstandup to sign up. Feel free to tell your friends in other programs as well; the incubator is open to all.
We’re doing another stand up class! Check the bio or http://tinyurl.com/prattstandup to sign up. Feel free to tell your friends in other programs as well; the incubator is open to all.
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Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
Heartfelt thanks to @skyhopinka, who gave a stunning reading and film screening today for the Writing Department’s annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading. Thank you too to BFA Writing ‘23 alumna and Writing Center Tutor @portlynhh for introducing Sky, to our colleagues in @prattfilm_video for sharing their screening room with us, and to all of you who filled the space, shared attention, and asked such generous questions. Visit Sky’s website and watch more of his work at skyhopinka.com, and come out on Thursday, March 7th at 6:30pm for Sky's filmmaking event sponsored by FVID 🌌🩵
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Come visit our new plant friends in the Cannoneer library 🪴
Come visit our new plant friends in the Cannoneer library 🪴
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Expect a greener cannoneer in the next few days! We got a big plant order in and your admin staff is getting down and dirty unpacking them for the studios 🌷🌿🌱🍄🪴🪷
Expect a greener cannoneer in the next few days! We got a big plant order in and your admin staff is getting down and dirty unpacking them for the studios 🌷🌿🌱🍄🪴🪷
Expect a greener cannoneer in the next few days! We got a big plant order in and your admin staff is getting down and dirty unpacking them for the studios 🌷🌿🌱🍄🪴🪷
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Check out this workshop presented by CUNY CLEAR! more about the group below.
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The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

CLEAR is rooted in CUNY School of Law’s relationship with community-based organizations whose members wish to shape and respond to national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices affecting them. It is a cross-clinical project that began as a collaboration between the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, and the Defenders Clinic. Today, CLEAR is staffed by law students from across the clinical program, including the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, the Defenders Clinic, the International Women’s and Human Rights Clinic, and the Economic Justice Project.
Check out this workshop presented by CUNY CLEAR! more about the group below. . . . The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices. CLEAR is rooted in CUNY School of Law’s relationship with community-based organizations whose members wish to shape and respond to national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices affecting them. It is a cross-clinical project that began as a collaboration between the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, and the Defenders Clinic. Today, CLEAR is staffed by law students from across the clinical program, including the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, the Defenders Clinic, the International Women’s and Human Rights Clinic, and the Economic Justice Project.
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Images from Gina Zucker's Dystopian Women course last semester. This class has formed an official Pratt club called "Dystopian Bodies." Their first event was held in collaboration with the publication of The Prattler's Dystopia/Utopia issue!
Images from Gina Zucker's Dystopian Women course last semester. This class has formed an official Pratt club called "Dystopian Bodies." Their first event was held in collaboration with the publication of The Prattler's Dystopia/Utopia issue!
Images from Gina Zucker's Dystopian Women course last semester. This class has formed an official Pratt club called "Dystopian Bodies." Their first event was held in collaboration with the publication of The Prattler's Dystopia/Utopia issue!
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From the folks at The Prattler:

The Prattler is looking for writers to pitch for our last print issue of the spring semester! For this issue, we are asking you to explore and reflect on the theme "Wonderland." Just so you know – we only need a pitch right now, no writing upfront, however these pitches will be due in the Drive by Friday the 16th. We are looking for on-theme contributions only, with a maximum word count of 500 per piece. We accept opinion pieces, explorations of community & culture, visual media, poetry, prose, and almost whatever else you can think up as long as it is theme-appropriate.

Wonderland has been defined as both “an imaginary land full of wonders” and “any place of great beauty or strangeness.” For our final print issue of the year, we ask: If the constraints of our world were to be cast away, how might your imagination roam free in your own kind of surrealistic (or not) “Wonderland?” What do you long for, deep down inside – and how, similar as it did for Alice, does it/might it manifest for you? Does it come through in your art, your dreams, your writing, the way you walk through the world? It can be anything – as fantastic or mundane as you desire – so long as you want it.
From the folks at The Prattler: The Prattler is looking for writers to pitch for our last print issue of the spring semester! For this issue, we are asking you to explore and reflect on the theme "Wonderland." Just so you know – we only need a pitch right now, no writing upfront, however these pitches will be due in the Drive by Friday the 16th. We are looking for on-theme contributions only, with a maximum word count of 500 per piece. We accept opinion pieces, explorations of community & culture, visual media, poetry, prose, and almost whatever else you can think up as long as it is theme-appropriate. Wonderland has been defined as both “an imaginary land full of wonders” and “any place of great beauty or strangeness.” For our final print issue of the year, we ask: If the constraints of our world were to be cast away, how might your imagination roam free in your own kind of surrealistic (or not) “Wonderland?” What do you long for, deep down inside – and how, similar as it did for Alice, does it/might it manifest for you? Does it come through in your art, your dreams, your writing, the way you walk through the world? It can be anything – as fantastic or mundane as you desire – so long as you want it.
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Our next mixer is the last day of the month!
Our next mixer is the last day of the month!
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Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
Some gorgeous work from @sammiejhunt’s Spring ‘24 Maps class 🗺️💜💫
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