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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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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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  • Hi everyone! This week on Tuesday Takeover we talked with rising BFA third year Brooke Miller. We discussed her new position as a writing representative, what it’s like to have different jobs on campus, and how to take advantage of all of Pratt’s resources in and beyond the department. As the semester is coming to a close, we hope your finals are getting off to a smooth start! We are also in the last couple of weeks of Tuesday Takeovers before the summer (whoop whoop!), so if there’s anything you’d like to see from us feel free to DM us or leave a comment below! <3
  • Alum Jack Nachmanovitch and MFA student Caitlin Kelly reading at our fabulous student-faculty-alumni reading last week!
  • This week in Cannoneer, come and chat with the Writing Department’s student representatives: @annakateavent, @brookeomillerrr & @sarina.writes. Free snacks and activities will be provided!
  • For the final Writer’s Practicum panel of the year we are celebrating beginnings. This could be the summer that you start the magazine, reading series, salon, party, DIY film screenings, poetry-themed bird sanctuary you’ve been dreaming of! In this panel, we will explore what it takes to start the thing you want to start through conversation with a number of writers who did just that. See you in East hall 312 after studio tomorrow!
  • Beautiful new essay up at @thebafflermag by Prof. Hannah Gold about Robert Glück’s book About Ed. Hannah will be teaching Writer’s Studio V (nonfiction section) as well as a BFA WR320 Autotheory elective this Fall, and is currently teaching Junior Intensive and CTWII 🤍
  • Some @prattwriting celebrating the eclipse yesterday afternoon! ☀️ 🌕
  • Claire Donato (@somanytumbleweeds) and Laura Henriksen (@laura.henriksen) safely looking at the sun this afternoon at @prattinstitute’s Eclipse Viewing Party :)
  • Our stand up students make their debuts on Friday night! Come to @theshirleyprojectspace to support their bravery!
  • A day in Berlin! Thank you @_sydneybaldwin. Pratt Berlin is accepting applications for Fall 24 semester abroad. Link in profile!
Hi everyone! This week on Tuesday Takeover we talked with rising BFA third year Brooke Miller. We discussed her new position as a writing representative, what it’s like to have different jobs on campus, and how to take advantage of all of Pratt’s resources in and beyond the department. As the semester is coming to a close, we hope your finals are getting off to a smooth start! We are also in the last couple of weeks of Tuesday Takeovers before the summer (whoop whoop!), so if there’s anything you’d like to see from us feel free to DM us or leave a comment below! <3
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Alum Jack Nachmanovitch and MFA student Caitlin Kelly reading at our fabulous student-faculty-alumni reading last week!
Alum Jack Nachmanovitch and MFA student Caitlin Kelly reading at our fabulous student-faculty-alumni reading last week!
Alum Jack Nachmanovitch and MFA student Caitlin Kelly reading at our fabulous student-faculty-alumni reading last week!
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This week in Cannoneer, come and chat with the Writing Department’s student representatives: @annakateavent, @brookeomillerrr & @sarina.writes. Free snacks and activities will be provided!
This week in Cannoneer, come and chat with the Writing Department’s student representatives: @annakateavent, @brookeomillerrr & @sarina.writes. Free snacks and activities will be provided!
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For the final Writer’s Practicum panel of the year we are celebrating beginnings. This could be the summer that you start the magazine, reading series, salon, party, DIY film screenings, poetry-themed bird sanctuary you’ve been dreaming of! In this panel, we will explore what it takes to start the thing you want to start through conversation with a number of writers who did just that. See you in East hall 312 after studio tomorrow!
For the final Writer’s Practicum panel of the year we are celebrating beginnings. This could be the summer that you start the magazine, reading series, salon, party, DIY film screenings, poetry-themed bird sanctuary you’ve been dreaming of! In this panel, we will explore what it takes to start the thing you want to start through conversation with a number of writers who did just that. See you in East hall 312 after studio tomorrow!
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Beautiful new essay up at @thebafflermag by Prof. Hannah Gold about Robert Glück’s book About Ed. Hannah will be teaching Writer’s Studio V (nonfiction section) as well as a BFA WR320 Autotheory elective this Fall, and is currently teaching Junior Intensive and CTWII 🤍
Beautiful new essay up at @thebafflermag by Prof. Hannah Gold about Robert Glück’s book About Ed. Hannah will be teaching Writer’s Studio V (nonfiction section) as well as a BFA WR320 Autotheory elective this Fall, and is currently teaching Junior Intensive and CTWII 🤍
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Some @prattwriting celebrating the eclipse yesterday afternoon! ☀️ 🌕
Some @prattwriting celebrating the eclipse yesterday afternoon! ☀️ 🌕
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Claire Donato (@somanytumbleweeds) and Laura Henriksen (@laura.henriksen) safely looking at the sun this afternoon at @prattinstitute’s Eclipse Viewing Party :)
Claire Donato (@somanytumbleweeds) and Laura Henriksen (@laura.henriksen) safely looking at the sun this afternoon at @prattinstitute’s Eclipse Viewing Party 🙂
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Our stand up students make their debuts on Friday night! Come to @theshirleyprojectspace to support their bravery!
Our stand up students make their debuts on Friday night! Come to @theshirleyprojectspace to support their bravery!
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A day in Berlin! Thank you @_sydneybaldwin. Pratt Berlin is accepting applications for Fall 24 semester abroad. Link in profile!
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