• Creative Writing

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    Creative Writing Programs
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    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2047
    cwp@hamline.edu

    Undergraduate Admission
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    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    651-523-2207
    800-753-9753
    admission@hamline.edu 

     

  • Hamline's BFA in Creative WritingHamline's BFA in Creative WritingHamline's BFA in Creative Writing

    True Writing:

    "The instructor said, go home and write a page tonight. And let that page come out of you--Then it will be true." Langston Hughes 
  • BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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

    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 is also the home of the award-winning national magazine, Water~Stone Review
     

    About the Degree

    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. They work closely with accomplished writers who are also dedicated teachers of writing as well as with faculty in Hamline’s esteemed English department.  

    In addition to the BFA/creative writing major, Hamline also offers a creative writing minor and an English major with a concentration in creative writing.

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    thoughts From the Faculty 

    "The students I've taught in the BFA program are just finding their voices, just discovering the writers who inspire and guide them, and to be with them at the beginning of their journeys as writers delights me."

    -- Deborah Keenan, professor, BFA/MFA 

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