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    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.  The literary Twin Cities are home to The Loft Literary Center and a plethora of literary and commercial publishers, bookstores, libraries, and foundations.

    The MFA in creative writing, established in 1994, was the first MFA in creative writing degree in Minnesota. A few years later, in 1998, Water~Stone Review, a national literary magazine, was founded. Since then, Hamline has developed two more programs in creative writing—a low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and an undergraduate major/BFA in creative writing.

    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.

    Students also benefit from exposure to, and sometimes immersion in, the resources of the literary Twin Cities. They attend readings across the Twin Cities and visit and work as interns at a host of literary and trade publishing houses. Our graduate students and alums regularly win Loft Mentor Awards, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, Loft-McKnight and Bush Foundation Fellowships.

  • CWP News

    Aug 11 2014


    Visual artist Wayne Nelson has interpreted two of CWP faculty Deborah Keenan's poems into haunting videos. Click below to watch:

    The Hamline CWP is proud to award the T.A. Barron Award to Meg Cannistra and the Jane Resh Thomas Prize to Kate Heberlein. Congratulations!

    Jun 23 2014

    Inspired By

    Countless students and writers have been influenced by Hamline CWP professor and poet Katrina Vandenberg. Among those inspired by her writing is young adult writer and The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.

  • Read stories from The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline

    The Exchange

    Read news, publication notes, events, and feature stories from The Creative Writing Programs.

  • 2014 hot young poets featuring 3 MFA alums

    Muse News

    Muse News is a staggering list of the many awards and accomplishments from students, alumni, and faculty.

  • KARE11 feature image Mary Rockcastle

    A Look Inside

    See behind the scenes into the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program in a KARE 11 feature.