• 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

    Solve for Desire, a collection by MFA '12 graduate Caitlin Bailey, has won the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry. The award includes a publishing contract from Milkweed Editions.

    Tamera Will Wissinger, MFAC '09, has released a new novel in verse. Gone Camping is a playful, delightfully illustrated verse narrative for primary graders centered on a family outing.

    Laurel Snyder, faculty in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, has a new picture book out: Charlie & Mouse, illustrated by Emily Hughes and published by Chronicle Books.