Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA

School notes

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA

Residency type

Full, Low-residency

Program length

2 years

Part-time study


Financial Aid


Teaching opportunities

What's in the mind of an inmate? Rage? Regret? Yes. But most of all, hope. Chatham graduate students know that because right now they're teaching inmates creative writing as part of our award-winning program Words Without Walls, a transformative partnership between Chatham University's Creative Writing MFA program and Allegheny County Jail. As a student in the MFA program at Chatham you have the opportunity to teach in this program, and to obtain a concentration that focuses on teaching creative writing in alternative spaces by taking three of our teaching pedagogy classes and teaching a semester in the jail.

Editorial opportunities

Students interested in a concentration in publishing can take The Fourth River practicum, where they have the opportunity to work as an Assistant Editor for our national literary journal, or our Independent Literary Publishing course, where students will get hands-on experience creating and running their own literary press. Finally, there are many opportunities for publishing internships in the Pittsburgh area, with a number of our students earning internships for Autumn House Press, Creative Nonfiction, and Pittsburgh Quarterly.

Cross-genre study



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