• Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

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    A Distinctive Program

    Our MFA degree in Creative Writing was the first in Minnesota.
  • MFA: Master of Fine Arts in Creative 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.

    While many people enter the program with a particular focus, the MFA program encourages students to experiment across genres. Therefore, you will cultivate breadth and depth in the genre of your choice, while also developing your knowledge and craft across genres.

     Our faculty are accomplished writers who are also generous, highly effective teachers. They will guide you through your graduate work to ensure that you accomplish your academic and artistic goals.

    Established in 1994, Hamline’s was the first MFA degree in creative writing in Minnesota. We offer a number of opportunities that distinguish us from many writing programs around the country. 

    At Hamline, students can:

    • Develop breadth and depth in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction;
    • Experiment across genres; 
    • Do the MFA full or part time;
    • Serve as members of the editorial board of Hamline’s national, award-winning magazine, Water~Stone Review; 
    • Serve on the editorial board of the student-run magazine: rock, paper, scissors;
    • Earn credit through an internship at one of the Twin Cities highly regarded literary presses or trade publishers;
    • Work with nationally known writers at the annual Summer Writer’s Workshop and in a Master Class with visiting authors;
    • Study the theory and pedagogy of teaching composition and earn jobs at Hamline and elsewhere as writing tutors and instructors of freshman English;
    • Meet when needed with an advisor who will support and guide them in accomplishing their academic and artistic goals; 
    • Join Hamline’s student group—West Egg Literati
    • Choose to do part of their program in the low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SPRING 2015:  November 1, 2014

    • MFAC faculty Anne Ursu's The Real Boy wins the Seventh Annual Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award
    • The Creative Writing Programs is pleased to announce that Justin St. Germain will join the faculty in late summer as a visiting assistant professor in creative nonfiction.
    • MFAC faculty Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel masterpiece, Boxers & Saints, won the School Library Journal's 2014 Battle of the Books.
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  • Alums at Work
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    Cynthia French MFA '03 uses her talents to promote the arts.
  • From the Faculty

    "Our MFA students are so committed to the writing life and to building community together, and are so varied in their ambitions and dreams, it makes every class I've taught a new and rich experience."

    -- Deborah Keenan,
    professor, BFA/MFA 

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