MFA Students

Amanda Tien


Amanda Tien is a creative professional, strategist, and writer. She grew up on the move as the daughter of an U.S. Army officer and a teacher with a passion for community, storytelling, and adventure. She is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Pittsburgh and a 2020-2021 Dietrich Fellow. 

Prior to her graduate studies, Amanda used her skills in communications to support social justice organizations. She worked for 2.5 years as the Director of Creative & Marketing for Camelback Ventures, a social impact startup accelerator empowering leaders of color across the country. She led Camelback's rebrand, growth strategy, and all communications; she later freelanced for Camelback as well as 30+ social impact organizations as an independent consultant. She has previously worked in advertising, education, app development, film and television, and publishing. She is a 2015 Venture for America Fellow (Providence, RI and New Orleans, LA) and a StartingBloc Fellow (New Orleans 2018).

Amanda Tien attended Columbia University in the City of New York. She explored many areas of study including Race & Ethnicity Studies and Visual Arts, ultimately graduating with honors and a B.A. in Creative Writing. As an undergrad, Amanda was an active student leader in several organizations including co-founding Culinarian Magazine, a full-color digital and print publication featuring interviews with New York chefs, restaurant reviews, student artwork, and dorm-friendly recipes.

During her time as a graduate student at Pitt, Amanda hopes to complete her first full novel and to continue to explore multimedia projects. Her work can be viewed at

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