• Samplers and Workshops

    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. View the options below.

    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.

    Fall 2015 Sampler Course Offerings: 

    Graphic Narratives: Words, Pictures, and White Space
     (with Swati Avasthi) 

     Click for more information on 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, Emma Bull 2014 featured Oliver de la Paz, Rebecca McClanahan, and Brad Watson.

    The 2015 lineup includes Jen Percy (Creative Nonfiction), Chris Abani (poetry), William Alexander (YA/middle grade), and Anna Keesey (fiction). New in 2015: Panels on revision, featuring Water~Stone Review editors, and on publishing, with Jeff Shotts and Esther Porter.

    Click for more information on the Summer Writing Workshop. 

    Adult Special Status

    Adult special status allows students who are not seeking a degree to take graduate-level courses on a space-available basis. A short application process is required.


    Interested students may audit our courses on a space-available basis. MFA writing courses are not available for audit. Students who audit a course will not receive academic credit, but will receive the designation "AU" on Hamline University transcripts. Those who audit participate in all classroom activities, projects, and assignments but will not receive any evaluation of their work.

    Tuition cost for auditors is $500 for a four-credit course. Contact 651-523-2047 for more information.

    Audit registration form available for download from Registration & Records.