• The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline

    Everything you need as a writer.

    As a student in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline, you will become part of a series of outstanding programs in creative writing—undergraduate and graduate—in the heart of a dynamic and rich literary community. You will have at your fingertips not only the resources at Hamline—the only university in the U.S. with three fine arts programs in creative writing and an award-winning national literary magazine—but the cultural and literary bounty of the Twin Cities.

    Hamline students experience a world-class education in the process and craft of writing taught by award-winning practicing writers. Faculty in The Creative Writing Programs publish regularly. Among them, they have published over 250 books and won some of the highest awards given for excellence in writing for children, young adults, and adults. All CWP faculty are skilled and committed teachers of writing. Our graduate students and alums regularly win Loft Mentor Awards, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, Loft-McKnight and Bush Foundation Fellowships.

    Select a program from the menu to the right for more information.


  • CWP News

    Four faculty members in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults — Laura Ruby, Emily Jenkins, Gary Schmidt, and Matt de la Peña — have books named to Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2015 List!

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    Student/Alumni Book Publications

    We proudly present book publications by students and alumni of our BFA and our two MFA programs. View the whole list or sort by program.

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    Muse News

    Visit "Muse News" to see our impressive collection of the many publications, awards, accomplishments, and honors from CWP students, alumni, and faculty.

  • Message from the Director

    Message From the Director

    Hear from our director about the joys of working in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline and gain some insight on what you could learn here.

  • Student and Alumni Resources


    Current & New MFA Students

    Find information on courses and registration, tuition, assistantships, graduation requirements, and more.


    Current & New MFAC Students

    Find information on scholarships, critical thesis, presentation, and archives, lecture videos, and more.


    Creative Writing Programs Alumni

    Find out MFAC Alumni Weekend, how to come back and take an MFA class, stay in touch, and more.