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Writing, BFA

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Type
Undergraduate, BFA
Department
Writing
School
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

We are the home for undergraduate creative writers at Pratt. Our students specialize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction while also exploring a vibrant range of other contemporary forms, including playwriting, screenwriting, graphic novel, fabric books, children’s book writing, young adult writing, podcasting, and experimental genres.

Overview

The BFA in Writing at Pratt Institute prepares students to become highly proficient and self-sustaining creative writers. Through our studio-based approach and our commitments to inquiry, creative research, and critical self-reflection, we invite students to expand their creative range, to investigate the cultural and historical forces that have sculpted the literary traditions they seek to enter, to become expert practitioners, and to explore the other fields on offer at Pratt. Our focus is students’ creative expression, balanced with professional preparation and community engagement via hands-on courses, internships, and colloquia, so that students are prepared to navigate the changing literary landscape. Our pedagogy combines rigor with care, and the department administration and faculty work actively on behalf of students to shape their time at Pratt and to connect them to campus resources, so that—despite the solitude that sometimes attends the writing life—students feel supported and equipped to achieve their goals.

printed words on folded linen that resembles a piece of paper in a book by Daniel Terna

Learning Outcomes

Via completion of the program, BFA Writing students will:

  • Expand their creative process through practices of creative making, experimentation, and play
  • Learn to ask and investigate a question through the refinement of curiosity, attention, and research
  • Acquire an eloquent critical language for discussions of their work and its place in diverse literary traditions
  • Demonstration through informed reading and writing practices, an understanding of the social and historical forces that have shaped their imagination
  • Develop expertise in a selected form or genre
  • Become a self-sustaining practitioner by
    • Learning to assemble a revised, cohesive, and polished body of work
    • Acquiring professional skills and knowledge that will support a working life
Installation by Cassandra Bristow, BFA Writing ’22

“Illuminated” installation by Cassandra Bristow, BFA Writing ’22, in the new writing studios