• 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.


    Five of the twelve writers selected for the 2016-17 Loft Literary Center Mentor Series hail from Hamline: Stephanie Chrismon, MFA '14; Lorissa Gottschalk, MFA '09; Erin Sharkey, MFA '15; Anthony Ceballos, BFA '15; and Trisha Collopy, current MFA.

    The National Council of Teachers of English honored Matt de la Peña, faculty in Hamline's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, for his courage in standing up for intellectual freedom, given for efforts to fight censorship through words and actions.

    Award-winning author Sherri L. Smith has joined the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) Program. Smith is the author of six young adult novels.

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