Welcome Message

Welcome to the NYU Creative Writing Program. For more than three decades, the Creative Writing Program has distinguished itself as a leading national center for the study of literature and writing. Permanent faculty members are E.L. Doctorow, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, and Zadie Smith. Our Distinguished Writers-in-Residence are John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, and Charles Simic. 2013-2014 faculty also include Chris Adrian, Mark Doty, Mary Gaitskill, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, David Lipsky, Rick Moody, Brian Morton, Meghan O'Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, Helen Schulman, Brenda Shaughnessy, Irini Spanidou, Darin Strauss, Craig Morgan Teicher, Chuck Wachtel, Colson Whitehead, and Rachel Zucker. The program is distinguished too by its exceptional students—many of our gifted alumni have published critically acclaimed and award-winning books.

The Creative Writing Program occupies a lovely townhouse on West 10th Street in the same Greenwich Village neighborhood where so many writers—James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Hart Crane, E.E. Cummings, Frank O’Hara, Mark Twain, Richard Wright, and Marianne Moore, to name just a few—have lived and worked. The Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House allows writers—established and emerging—to share their work in an inspiring setting. Students come to the house to attend events, workshops, and craft classes, and also to gather informally, seeking out quiet corners in which to read and write. The beautiful reception floor, which features skylights and stained glass, is an ideal setting for the intimate readings, literary salons, panel discussions, book parties, lectures, and seminars that are held in the house throughout the year.

In addition to our renowned MFA Program in Creative Writing in New York City, the program has recently launched a low-residency MFA Writers Workshop in Paris. Undergraduate students may choose to pursue our popular Minor in Creative Writing. The program also includes innovative literary outreach programs, teaching opportunities, a prominent reading series featuring over 100 writers each year, seminars with editors and publishers, two celebrated literary journals, undergraduate writing contests, summer writing programs in New York, Florence, and Paris, and an exciting student reading series held at the famed KGB Bar.

The NYU Creative Writing Program is a vital and dynamic center for writers and writing located in the heart of Greenwich Village. If you would like to learn more about our graduate programs, please join us at one of our fall 2013 Information Sessions or email us at creative.writing@nyu.edu.

Best wishes,

Deborah Landau
Director