Writing Department

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) Department of Writing brings together a community of writers and artists at one of the nation’s most influential colleges of art and design. We seek students who thrive in a challenging, self-directed, and experimental environment, in which the literary arts are a living and open field. 

Upcoming Admissions Events

Saturday, October 21

Graduate Portfolio Day provides the opportunity for prospective students to meet one-on-one with faculty, receive immediate feedback on their portfolios, and learn more about the curricula, faculty, and application procedures from a number of colleges. RSVP.

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At SAIC, students have a unique opportunity to explore writing both within and between genres, and to creatively connect with visual art practices throughout SAIC. We welcome students from all programs across SAIC’s diverse, interdisciplinary community who wish to pursue writing as part of their education and creative practice.

Interior shot of the SAIC MacLean Center lobby.

Alumni Accomplishments

Our distinguished alumni are widely published and cultivate the literary landscape.

Department of Writing

Lakeview Building

116 S. Michigan Ave., 

Chicago, IL 60603


Mark Booth mbooth2@saic.edu

MFA in Writing Graduate Coordinator

Ruth Margraff rmargr@saic.edu

BFA in Writing Undergraduate Coordinator

Sara Levine slevine1@saic.edu

Senior Administrative Director

Amber Da ada@saic.edu

Administrative Assistant

Arshad Baruti abaruti@saic.edu