• 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

    The Music Department and The Creative Writing Programs will present a Night of Music and Spoken Word on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Sundin Hall. The program includes a performance of the song-cycle Not Waving, But Drowning composed by Kelly Krebs, assistant dean in the College of Liberal Arts. The work will be performed by music faculty Janet Greene (clarinet), Kathy Thomsen (piano), and Deborah Carbaugh (soprano).

    Join West Egg for readings from Megan Atwood, John Brandon, Laura Flynn, Deborah Keenan, Brian Malloy, Sheila O’Connor, David Oppegaard, Mary Rockcastle, and Katrina Vandenberg.

    Sorry to Disrupt the Peace, a new novel by Hamline alumnus Patty Yumi Cottrell (BA in English, 2004), will be the focus of a Hamline community reading group with Cottrell on Thursday, April 13 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cottrell will give a public reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in Giddens Learning Center 100E.