Center for Creativity: The Workshop


The core program of the Workshop is an open "maker space" for University students, faculty, and staff. With a Pitt ID, members of the University community are welcome to come to this space to exercise their creative spirit and muscles. The Workshop provides large walls for writing, diagramming, or chalking; clay for shaping; tables and chairs for challenging conversations or quiet wordsmithing; paint; musical instruments; fabric and yarn; and more. 

As you make things here, expect people to come up to you and ask you how you do what you do. And as you see others make things, please feel free to ask them to show you how they do what they do. This is a community space and a place to make unexpected connections that can lead you to new discoveries or ways of seeing.


Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries

Friday, Mar. 23  |  12:30-2 pm

Join us as Pitt alumnus and mystery novelist Dennis Palumbo conducts a mystery writing workshop and book signing. Whether you’re interested in writing a psychological thriller, police procedural or humorous cozy, explore ways to craft a satisfying mystery.

Topics include the importance of a strong, relatable protagonist; how to build a compelling, credible “world” in which the story takes place; and how to mine your own thoughts, feelings and experiences to enrich the inner lives of your characters.

Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), Dennis Palumbo is now a licensed psychotherapist and author. His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Strand, and elsewhere, and is collected in From Crime to Crime (Tallfellow Press). His acclaimed series of crime novels (Mirror Image, Fever Dream, Night Terrors, Phantom Limb, and the latest, Head Wounds) features psychologist Daniel Rinaldi, a trauma expert who consults with the Pittsburgh Police. All are from Poisoned Pen Press. 

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Open Mic Nights @ Nordy's Place

Monday, Mar. 26  |  8:30-10 pm; sign up starts at 8 pm

The Center for Creativity hosts Monday Open Mic Nights from 8:30-10 pm the last Monday of every month at Nordy's Place in the William Pitt Union!

The C4C Open Mic is a chance for performers of all kinds – writers, musicians, comics, storytellers, and others – to meet and mingle while showcasing their skills. All levels and styles are welcome! Whether you have experience performing in public, or you’re a first-timer in search of a supportive and enthusiastic audience, the C4C Open Mic is for you. 

Important Info

  • Sign up is first-come, first served and starts at 8 pm
  • Performance slots are 6-8 minutes each. Your slot includes setup time, so it’s a good idea to keep it simple. 
  • All performance genres are welcome: poetry or prose, music (original or covers), comedy, performance art, storytelling, monologues, magic…. If you can do it in public, you can sign up for a slot!
  • We love solos and duos, and even small groups!

Pitt students, faculty, and staff are all equally welcome as performers and/or audience members!

Musical performers, please bring your own instruments!


Yoga & Writing Workshop

Monday, Apr. 2  |  6-8 pm

** Pre-registration required: register here! 

The Stress Free Zone and Center for Creativity team up for a Yoga & Writing Workshop!

Co-led by Hallie Stotsky (Stress Free Zone) and Erik Schuckers (Center for Creativity), this unique workshop begins with 60 minutes of yoga for all levels where participants practice moving their bodies and connecting their breath to clear their minds. The group then moves through creative sequences with modifications for all body types. Notebooks are provided so that participants can make brief notes of images, thoughts, and feelings that arise as they practice. These notes then serve as the basis for two to three guided creative, expressive exercises following the movement practice. After the yoga and writing, stay around to enjoy refreshments and reflect on your experience with other participants!

Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in, and come with an open mind! This workshop is free and open to all members of the University of Pittsburgh community: students, faculty, and staff. You do not need to have any previous experience with yoga or writing: all materials - including yoga mats and notebooks - will be provided! 

Funding for this workshop provided in part by The Year of Healthy U


C4C: The Workshop Sessions

Sessions are informal, explorative, hands-on experiences led by Pitt people with a passion for creating. You do not need to be a professional to lead a Session, and participants need no prior experience in the topic. Amateurs and beginners are welcome: all you need is an open mind and a willingness to play! All materials and supplies are provided. Sessions are free, but space is limited: please pre-register at the links provided.

Session: Watercolor for Cards

Monday, Mar. 19  |  3:30-5 pm  |  

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Watercolor painting is a great way to make cards. We’ll be discussing techniques such as color gradients, creating patterns with resists, floral boarders, and more. It only takes a few tricks to take your holiday and birthday cards to the next level. Facilitated by Arielle Berk, Center for Creativity: The Workshop

Session: Writing & Instagram

Thursday, Mar. 22   |   7-8:30 pm   |   Register

Instagram offers a way to combine words and images into a new kind of creative experience: think beyond Instapoetry! We'll explore some ways writers use this unique platform, and talk approaches and tools for creating an engaging account. Bring along your ideas and phone. Facilitated by Erik Schuckers, Center for Creativity: The Workshop

Session: Paper Quilling

Monday, Mar. 26  |  3:30-5 pm  |  Register

This simple skill can turn into amazing works of art. Paper quilling is great for making cards, gifts, or personalized art pieces. With only a few techniques, you’ll be able to make a variety of shapes that will enable you to create whatever you can imagine. Facilitated by Arielle Berk, Center for Creativity: The Workshop


C4C: The Workshop Workshops (W2)

The Center for Creativity: The Workshop also hosts more formal programs led by people with a particular skill or experience in a "maker" area. Just like our Sessions, though, you don't need experience in the workshop subject to attend. Amateurs and beginners are encouraged and welcome! Except as noted, all materials and supplies are provided.

Workshop: Building a Digital Portfolio

Thursday, Mar. 15  |  5:30-7 pm  |  Register

Digital portfolios show your work and expertise, shape your online presence, and help you reflect on aspects of your creative self. We’ll explore what makes a successful portfolio as well as some choices you’ll face when creating one. Please bring a laptop. Facilitated by Ty'rica Terry, University Library System


Workshop: Story of My Life

Tuesday, Apr. 3  |  3:30-5:30 pm  |  Register

Discover how to use storytelling techniques for personal growth in this unique workshop. Free-write and share your personal story-lines with guided prompts, and walk away with a deeper awareness of the stories you tell yourself and actionable ways to own your own story. Facilitated by Hannah Eko, Creative Writing @ Pitt


Workshop: Your Body Story

Tuesday, Apr. 10  |  5:30-7:30 pm  |  Register

Using drawing, free-writing, and art, identify your main body image story thus far, and walk away with a deeper understanding of what stands in the way of body acceptance, as well as actionable steps to take to transform your body image story to one of acceptance. Facilitated by Hannah Eko, Creative Writing @ Pitt