Samplers & Workshops We offer a variety of opportunities for interested students to participate in a chosen program before application. Sample a course and earn credit that may be applied to your degree, should you apply. 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. Alumni and the greater Hamline community are welcome. Sampler Courses Sampler Courses provide a great way to try out the program before applying. Credits will count toward degree completion, should you choose to apply. Spring 2016 Sampler Course: Landscape and Memory, with Deborah Keenan. Sampler Courses, including registration and pricing Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop A week-long, intensive residential retreat for writers held on the beautiful campus of St. Olaf college in Northfield. Previous visiting writers have included Junot Diaz, Jean Valentine, Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman, Robin Hemley, Patricia Smith, Michael Martone, Benjamin Percy, Mary Ruefle, Ira Sukrungruang, Lia Purpura, Bob Hicok, Nami Mun, Wells Tower, Toi Derricotte, Chris Abani, Jen Percy, William Alexander, Oliver de la Paz, and Jeff Shotts (Greywolf Press). The 2016 lineup includes: Creative Nonfiction with Sven Birkerts, Fiction with Chinelo Okparanta, and Poetry with Rebecca Lindenberg Summer Writing Workshop CWP Alumni should visit the Alumni page for information on coming back and taking a course.