• BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

    The place to go for creative writing in the upper Midwest.


    The BFA in Creative Writing offers a rigorous apprenticeship in the craft and process of writing; a tiered curriculum in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; a strong background in the British and American literary traditions; and an understanding of textual analysis and the theoretical dimensions of reading and writing. Students learn how to read closely as writers, to create their own original works, and to analyze and appreciate the elements that comprise works of literature.

    Hamline’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the only such degree in the Twin Cities and the only one in the state of Minnesota offered by a private liberal arts university. Hamline is the sole university in the United States offering three fine arts degrees in creative writing: the BFA, an MFA in Creative Writing, and a low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

    Hamline also offers a creative writing minor and an English major with a concentration in creative writing.

  • CWP News

    Five of the twelve writers selected for the 2016-17 Loft Literary Center Mentor Series hail from Hamline: Stephanie Chrismon, MFA '14; Lorissa Gottschalk, MFA '09; Erin Sharkey, MFA '15; Anthony Ceballos, BFA '15; and Trisha Collopy, current MFA.

    The National Council of Teachers of English honored Matt de la Peña, faculty in Hamline's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, for his courage in standing up for intellectual freedom, given for efforts to fight censorship through words and actions.

    Award-winning author Sherri L. Smith has joined the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) Program. Smith is the author of six young adult novels.