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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 – 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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  • Seats for children’s book writing are open for fall 2024!

This course will focus on writing a timeless story that will appeal to children and resonate with adults. Through exercises, in-class assignments, and the workshop method, students will mine their lives and imaginations for a story that will enchant and empower children; a story that will provoke discussion stemming from the adult and child’s shared experience. Students will discover the importance of brevity, pattern and cadence, and how to create writing that inspires, supports, and enhances imagery. This course will also offer avenues for submitting stories to agents and editors for those interested in publishing.
  • There are only a couple of seats left in Prof. Anika Levy’s WR320-15 course, Publishing Lab: Ubiquitous. Contact your advisor to enroll!
  • Open elective for fall 2024: First Books! 

How do very different bodies of work take shape as a thing we might call “book”? How does any body of work go from states variously and temporarily known as “manuscript” or “thesis” or pile of work become a thing? These are questions that often only have variable, multiple, and idiosyncratic answers. And so in this elective we will read around in a handful of books to check out how certain poets took up and answered, so to speak, these questions. Poets to read will include but not be limited to: John Wieners, Layli Long Soldier, Claire Meuschke, Hoa Nguyen, Simone White, Frank O’Hara, Alice Notley, Akilah Oliver, Charles Theonia, Solmaz Sharif, CAConrad and various others.
  • Friday, May 31 (tomorrow!) at @poetry_project, come and celebrate this year’s MFA brilliant graduates as they read from their theses ✨
  • A wonderful afternoon in The Dye Garden enjoying our MFA reading with Claire, Bri, Lena, and Levy. Congratulations to these brilliant writers!
  • MFA Reading (2024): Thank you to our MFA faculty and students for a wonderful evening!
  • Anika Levy’s Writers Studio IV class gave an incredible reading tonight at Dear Friend Books. Thank you all for sharing your work 🩵

(DM us if you’re not tagged and want to be! We did not know everyone’s usernames.)
  • MFA Thesis Reading this Thursday, May 9th at 4:30pm in the Cannoneer Dye Garden, with an introduction by @laura.henriksen & @hlillith. Come through!
  • Congratulations to Prof. Max Lundington on his newly released novel THORN TREE, reviewed today in the New York Times Book Review!
Seats for children’s book writing are open for fall 2024!

This course will focus on writing a timeless story that will appeal to children and resonate with adults. Through exercises, in-class assignments, and the workshop method, students will mine their lives and imaginations for a story that will enchant and empower children; a story that will provoke discussion stemming from the adult and child’s shared experience. Students will discover the importance of brevity, pattern and cadence, and how to create writing that inspires, supports, and enhances imagery. This course will also offer avenues for submitting stories to agents and editors for those interested in publishing.
Seats for children’s book writing are open for fall 2024! This course will focus on writing a timeless story that will appeal to children and resonate with adults. Through exercises, in-class assignments, and the workshop method, students will mine their lives and imaginations for a story that will enchant and empower children; a story that will provoke discussion stemming from the adult and child’s shared experience. Students will discover the importance of brevity, pattern and cadence, and how to create writing that inspires, supports, and enhances imagery. This course will also offer avenues for submitting stories to agents and editors for those interested in publishing.
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There are only a couple of seats left in Prof. Anika Levy’s WR320-15 course, Publishing Lab: Ubiquitous. Contact your advisor to enroll!
There are only a couple of seats left in Prof. Anika Levy’s WR320-15 course, Publishing Lab: Ubiquitous. Contact your advisor to enroll!
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Open elective for fall 2024: First Books! 

How do very different bodies of work take shape as a thing we might call “book”? How does any body of work go from states variously and temporarily known as “manuscript” or “thesis” or pile of work become a thing? These are questions that often only have variable, multiple, and idiosyncratic answers. And so in this elective we will read around in a handful of books to check out how certain poets took up and answered, so to speak, these questions. Poets to read will include but not be limited to: John Wieners, Layli Long Soldier, Claire Meuschke, Hoa Nguyen, Simone White, Frank O’Hara, Alice Notley, Akilah Oliver, Charles Theonia, Solmaz Sharif, CAConrad and various others.
Open elective for fall 2024: First Books! How do very different bodies of work take shape as a thing we might call “book”? How does any body of work go from states variously and temporarily known as “manuscript” or “thesis” or pile of work become a thing? These are questions that often only have variable, multiple, and idiosyncratic answers. And so in this elective we will read around in a handful of books to check out how certain poets took up and answered, so to speak, these questions. Poets to read will include but not be limited to: John Wieners, Layli Long Soldier, Claire Meuschke, Hoa Nguyen, Simone White, Frank O’Hara, Alice Notley, Akilah Oliver, Charles Theonia, Solmaz Sharif, CAConrad and various others.
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Friday, May 31 (tomorrow!) at @poetry_project, come and celebrate this year’s MFA brilliant graduates as they read from their theses ✨
Friday, May 31 (tomorrow!) at @poetry_project, come and celebrate this year’s MFA brilliant graduates as they read from their theses ✨
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A wonderful afternoon in The Dye Garden enjoying our MFA reading with Claire, Bri, Lena, and Levy. Congratulations to these brilliant writers!
A wonderful afternoon in The Dye Garden enjoying our MFA reading with Claire, Bri, Lena, and Levy. Congratulations to these brilliant writers!
A wonderful afternoon in The Dye Garden enjoying our MFA reading with Claire, Bri, Lena, and Levy. Congratulations to these brilliant writers!
A wonderful afternoon in The Dye Garden enjoying our MFA reading with Claire, Bri, Lena, and Levy. Congratulations to these brilliant writers!
A wonderful afternoon in The Dye Garden enjoying our MFA reading with Claire, Bri, Lena, and Levy. Congratulations to these brilliant writers!
1 month ago
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MFA Reading (2024): Thank you to our MFA faculty and students for a wonderful evening!
1 month ago
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6/9
Anika Levy’s Writers Studio IV class gave an incredible reading tonight at Dear Friend Books. Thank you all for sharing your work 🩵

(DM us if you’re not tagged and want to be! We did not know everyone’s usernames.)
Anika Levy’s Writers Studio IV class gave an incredible reading tonight at Dear Friend Books. Thank you all for sharing your work 🩵 (DM us if you’re not tagged and want to be! We did not know everyone’s usernames.)
1 month ago
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MFA Thesis Reading this Thursday, May 9th at 4:30pm in the Cannoneer Dye Garden, with an introduction by @laura.henriksen & @hlillith. Come through!
MFA Thesis Reading this Thursday, May 9th at 4:30pm in the Cannoneer Dye Garden, with an introduction by @laura.henriksen & @hlillith. Come through!
1 month ago
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8/9
Congratulations to Prof. Max Lundington on his newly released novel THORN TREE, reviewed today in the New York Times Book Review!
Congratulations to Prof. Max Lundington on his newly released novel THORN TREE, reviewed today in the New York Times Book Review!
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