Center for Creativity: The Workshop


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”—making stories, pictures, music, scenes, statements, apps, messes, etc.

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop is a pilot space for the Center and is an outcome of Pitt's Year of the Humanities in the University. Located down the steps inside the University Store on Fifth, the Workshop is a place where members of the Pitt community can go to make things, to think through questions or problems by engaging hands and minds in making things, or to try new things without fear of ‘failure’ because the emphasis is on the process of creating rather than on product. 

The heart of the Workshop is an open maker space. With a Pitt ID, members of the University community are invited to exercise their creative spirit and muscles. The Workshop provides walls for writing, diagramming, or chalking; space for challenging conversations or quiet writing; clay; paint; musical instruments; fabric and yarn; and more. 

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.