• Degrees and Programs

    Degrees and Programs

    The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline promote the ideals and values of liberal arts learning. They encourage meaningful dialogue and inquiry across disciplinary boundaries, enabling students to gain a deeper understanding of the human cultural heritage and the issues of contemporary life.

    These programs prepare students who wish to specialize in creative writing for adults or for children and young adults and to teach writing at the college level. The following degrees are offered:

    BFA in Creative Writing
    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.

    MFA in Writing 
    Our program, offered full- or part-time, will allow you to develop the process and craft of writing in a rigorous, engaged, and supportive environment. Our small class sizes provide an intimate setting in which you will establish trust and rapport with your classmates and receive one-on-one advising and feedback from your professors.

    MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults 
    Our program is one of only a few in the country that focuses exclusively on writing for children and young adults and earns you a master of fine arts degree in just two years! We offer breadth and depth in multiple writing categories—picture book, early reader, middle-grade and young-adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novel, and comics.

    Workshops and Sampling Opportunities 
    Course sampling opportunities are easily accessible for those looking to get a feel for one our degree programs, to work with a specific professor or, as for many, just to dip a toe back into the classroom setting.

  • On the Community

    "The sense of community and fellowship is phenomenal. My peers are immensely supportive and the faculty validates you as a writer."

    -- Anne Schwab, MFAC alum