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MFA in Creative Writing
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Program director: Sheryl St. Germain
Program contact: Sheryl St. Germain
Degrees offered: BFA, MFA
Genres: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Children’s Writing, Screenwriting
Type of program: Residency and Low-Residency
Length of program: 2 years
Enrollment: 70 full residency, 10 low residency
Total credits required: 39
Application deadlines: Rolling deadlines
Scholarships available: yes
Core faculty: Sheryl St. Germain, Randall Silvis, Heather McNaugher, Peter Oresick, Kathy Ayres, Sally Alexander, Karen Williams, Michael Simms
Publishing/editing courses: yes
Literary magazine: Yes, Fourth River
Reading series: yes
Recent visiting writers: Robert Hass, Naomi Shihab Nye, Janisse Ray, Ander Monson, Terry Tempest Williams
Chatham University's ground breaking MFA focusing on nature, environment and travel writing is the premier graduate program for nurturing creative writers interested in the environmental imagination and place-based writing.
Our program is inspired by the work of Chatham alumna, Rachel Carson, a creative writer whose work demonstrates both lyricism and social conscience.
The heart of our program--nature, environmental and travel writing--honors Carson's legacy, but expands the interpretation of environment to include any place-based writing and all genres-poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction-shaped by human relationship with place.
In addition to plentiful creative writing workshops and craft courses in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and children's writing, our unique MFA program includes instruction in nature and environmental writing, travel writing, and field seminars focused on the literature of wild, urban, and rural landscapes. Each year creative writing field seminars offer students the opportunity to travel to the United States and other parts of the world with faculty and generate creative work about the experience. Past and current field seminars include trips to Costa Rica, New Zealand, Greece, India, New Orleans and western Pennsylvania.