• 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.

    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 2017: November 1, 2016.


    The Hamline community is invited to a dual publication reading for authors Carolyn Holbrook (Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys) and Andrea Jenkins (The T Is Not Silent) on Saturday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Klas Center Kay Fredericks Room. Holbrook, adjunct instructor in Hamline's Creative Writing Programs, and Jenkins will also read from their essays in A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.

    rock, paper, scissors will celebrate its 10th year of production on Saturday, December 3, at 4 p.m. on the 2nd floor of Bush Library. Listen to readings and view a display of past issues.

    The CWP is pleased to announce the addition of two new writers to the faculty in our low-res MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program: Nina LaCour and Laurel Snyder.

  • Events

    Dec. 3
    4 - 5 p.m.

    Celebrate the ten year anniversary of rock, paper, scissors, a literary magazine written, edited, and designed by students in Hamline's MFA Creative Writing program. The celebratory event is on Saturday December 3 at 4 .p.m on the 2nd floor of Bush Memorial Library.