Center for Creativity

About Us

The Center for Creativity seeks to foster connections between and among members of the University community whose scholarly efforts and passions are rooted in “making stuff”: stories, pictures, music, scenes, statements, apps, messes, etc. 

More particularly, the Center for Creativity

  • provides opportunities for creators to connect outside of their disciplines
  • encourages partnerships to establish new creative opportunities for the Pitt community
  • supports development of project-based courses taught across disciplines
  • works toward a coherent view of Pitt's diverse makerspaces and their resources
  • commits to recognition for the University of Pittsburgh as a creative powerhouse

While the Center’s heart is in the Department of English's Writing Program, it is intentionally and purposefully open to students, staff, and faculty in all programs of the University. 


Year of the Humanities

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson designated the academic year 2015–2016 as the Year of the Humanities in the University. Under the leadership of an organizing committee, University faculty, staff, and students from a broad range of disciplines and professions explored sites of intersection between the humanities and other disciplines, fostering new conversations.

Writing Program

PittWriters is a large and diverse community of poets, novelists, short story writers, essayists, and journalists interested in traditional forms and in emerging media. Both new and experienced writers create serious and engaging work in a collaborative community. The work produced is wide-ranging, ambitious, and provocative.

​Degree programs are available at the graduate (MFA) and undergraduate level through the Department of English in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

PittWriters is a partner of Longform: A Smart Reader.

Pug Fashion

In graphic design and publishing, filler text is used as a placeholder so that creators can focus on elements such as layout and typography. "Loren ipsum" text is the traditional filler. When this site was being created the filler text for this section was labeled "pug fashion." We liked it. We're gonna keep it.