Overview of the English Writing Major

The writing program features tracks in poetry, fiction, and journalism/creative nonfiction, all taught by published, award-winning writers dedicated to preparing students for successful writing careers. Our courses in the Journalism Internship Program provide students with the practical, hands-on experience with editing and publishing. Both Pendulum, a literary magazine, and The Insider, Pitt-Greensburg's weekly newspaper, are student-run productions coordinated by the English Writing program.

Each year, the Writing Program offers awards for outstanding student writing. The awards include The Scott Turow Prize in Fiction, The Gerald Stern Prize in Poetry, and the Ida B. Wells Prize in Journalism and Creative Nonfiction. Recent winners of these awards are featured on the News & Events page.

To supplement campus experience and coursework, many of our English Writing majors seek internships with newspapers, advocacy groups, and public relations firms. Our students have completed internships at The Tribune Review, Ketchum Communications (one of the foremost public relations firms in the country), the American Heart Association, Creative Nonfiction magazine (the premiere journal for the genre of creative nonfiction), Gateway Publications, and elsewhere. Many of our current students and graduates are published writers whose work has appeared in such publications as Pittsburgh City Paper, Alternative Press, The Tribune Review, Pennsylvania English.

Special events—including a monthly student-run reading series, an annual Creative Nonfiction Week, the weekly Writers' Roundtable workshop, and visits from nationally-renowned poets and writers enhance students' experience and help to create a writing community on campus. Please see the News & Events section of this website for an up-to-date schedule.

Program Requirements

Course Descriptions: (From the official UPG bulletin)

Current Semester Course Schedule