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Our M.F.A. in writing offers the contemporary writer tools and support to cultivate a practice that is responsive to our rapidly evolving environmental and political times.
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Type
Graduate, MFA
Start Term
Fall Only
Credits
39
Duration
2 Years
Courses
Plan of Study
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Writing at Pratt

Through weekly Writing Studio critiques with students, faculty, and guest faculty, Writing Practices seminars, guided fieldwork residencies, and personalized faculty mentorships. You’ll join a community of writers invested in multi-modal experimentation and a rigorous study of literary arts.

As a part of our Writer at Large program, annual Michael Mahoney Memorial Reading, and Writing Activisms series, you’ll meet emerging and renowned writers at on-campus readings and workshops. Your studies will culminate in the creation of full-length manuscript, with the freedom to incorporate multimedia, performance-based, or collaborative elements.

The Experience

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Pratt Campus and Classroom photos.

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. Pratt’s M.F.A. in Writing can be completed in four semesters of full-time study.

Courses are offered on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus, in our studio space in Cannoneer court, which is open to writing students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Writing Studio

You’ll participate in a weekly Writing Studio with students, faculty and guest participant for collective critique, as well as one-to-one guided mentorships with faculty members. Research opportunities and facilities

Mentored Studies

In your first semester, you will be assigned a faculty mentor with whom you will be in regular conversation throughout your time in the program. This mentor will attend your critiques and ultimately become your thesis advisor. Past mentors include Anna Moschovakis, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Mirene Arsanios, Ellery Washington, and James Hannaham.

Publishing Collective

Each year, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, a self-selecting group of MFA students collaborates to solicit, edit, design and publish chapbooks by students enrolled in the program. These publications are celebrated in a culminating event, and are also distributed at local Brooklyn bookstores.

Guided Fieldwork Residencies

Through guided fieldwork you’ll carry out an ongoing creative residency in collaboration with an outside social, cultural, and literary institution, community, organization, archive, or activist group. Past fieldwork sites include Wendy’s Subway, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and The Poetry Project.  Industry Connections and Internships.

Our Faculty

Pratt’s distinguished faculty of outstanding creative professionals and scholars share a common desire to develop each student’s potential and creativity to the fullest. Bringing different views, methods, and perspectives they provide a rigorous educational model in which students make and learn. See all Writing faculty and administrators.

Christian Hawkey

Professor

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Christopher Perez

Visiting Professor

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Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

Assistant Professor

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Laura Elrick

Associate Professor

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Anna Moschovakis

Adjunct Associate Professor with CCE

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James Hannaham

Professor

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Youmna Chlala

Professor

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Mirene Arsanios

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Rachel Levitsky

Professor

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Ellery Washington

Associate Professor

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Jackie Ess

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Hannah Assadi

Visiting Instructor

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Our Alumni

Pratt’s distinguished alumni are leaders in an array of fields. They publish widely and have been awarded numerous prestigious literary prizes. Their innovative work addresses critical social and political questions that reimagine our world.

Where They Work

  • Jive Poetic, Friday Night Curator, Nuyorican Poets Café 
  • Erika Hodges, Law Clerk, Orleans Public Defender’s Office
  • Alysia Slocum Laferriere, Editorial Fellow, Litmus Press
  • Ahana Ganguly, Assistant Editor, Futurepoem Books
  • Mahogany L. Browne, Executive Director, JustMedia
  • Irene Lee, Co-Founder, Boar Hair Books and Oreades Press 
  • a.Monti, Editor at Litmus Press
  • Angela Abiodun, Program Manager, The Octavia Project
  • Zora Iman Crew, actor in The Daphne Project (2021), Planet X (2018)  and The Legends of Sleepy Hollow (2021)

Publications and Awards

  • Alisha Mascarenhas, author of A Catalogue of Risk (Wendy’s Subway, 2024), winner of the Carlyn Bush Award
  • Stephon Lawrence, author of u know how much i hate being in social situations (Futurepoem, 2023)
  • Hamid Roslan, author of parsetreeforestfire (Ethos Books, 2019), Shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize for Poetry 2020 
  • Mahogany L. Browne, author of Woke Baby (2018, Macmillan) Chrome Valley: Poems (National Geographic Books, 2023), Vinyl Moon (Penguin, 2022), and others
  • a.Monti, author of Mycelial Person (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2021)
  • Jive Poetic, showcased on TVONE’s Lexus Verses and Flow, PBS News Hour, and BET
  • Irene Lee, co-author of Six Endings and Some Beginnings (Ordeas Press, 2022)

Our Stories

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  • PART II: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking class in Fall 2023 featuring Lichten Wang, Shantala Mehta, and Betsy Bamford!

Click this link to explore more of Betsy's SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/betsy-bamford/sets/listening-birds-and-birdsong
  • A morning in the life of a Pratt Cat on their way to Cannoneer Court, home of the Writing Department and the @prattdyegarden 🩵
  • PART I: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking Class in Fall 2023 featuring Dan DeMarse, Lily Duren, and Emerald Wong!
  • Hello! Happy Tuesday everyone! This week we talked with BFA 2nd year Brandon Michel about being a transfer student, writing in different genres, and advice for folks who want to apply to Pratt.
  • 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.
PART II: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking class in Fall 2023 featuring Lichten Wang, Shantala Mehta, and Betsy Bamford!

Click this link to explore more of Betsy's SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/betsy-bamford/sets/listening-birds-and-birdsong
PART II: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking class in Fall 2023 featuring Lichten Wang, Shantala Mehta, and Betsy Bamford!

Click this link to explore more of Betsy's SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/betsy-bamford/sets/listening-birds-and-birdsong
PART II: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking class in Fall 2023 featuring Lichten Wang, Shantala Mehta, and Betsy Bamford!

Click this link to explore more of Betsy's SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/betsy-bamford/sets/listening-birds-and-birdsong
PART II: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking class in Fall 2023 featuring Lichten Wang, Shantala Mehta, and Betsy Bamford! Click this link to explore more of Betsy's SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/betsy-bamford/sets/listening-birds-and-birdsong
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A morning in the life of a Pratt Cat on their way to Cannoneer Court, home of the Writing Department and the @prattdyegarden 🩵
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PART I: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking Class in Fall 2023 featuring Dan DeMarse, Lily Duren, and Emerald Wong!
PART I: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking Class in Fall 2023 featuring Dan DeMarse, Lily Duren, and Emerald Wong!
PART I: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking Class in Fall 2023 featuring Dan DeMarse, Lily Duren, and Emerald Wong!
PART I: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking Class in Fall 2023 featuring Dan DeMarse, Lily Duren, and Emerald Wong!
PART I: Final Projects from Laura Elrick's Ecopoetics/Interspecies Worldmaking Class in Fall 2023 featuring Dan DeMarse, Lily Duren, and Emerald Wong!
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Hello! Happy Tuesday everyone! This week we talked with BFA 2nd year Brandon Michel about being a transfer student, writing in different genres, and advice for folks who want to apply to Pratt.
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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.
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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