• MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

    Working one-on-one with MFAC professors, you will complete the coursework from your home (online or via snail mail) and travel to Hamline's Saint Paul campus twice a year for intensive, 11-day writing residencies.

    In just two years, you will gain knowledge and skill in writing for young readers; you will develop an effective writing practice; and you will deepen your background in the history and literature of children's and young adult literature. While you will work remotely for much of the time, you will not work alone. Despite living all over the country, our MFAC students are a close-knit group that stays connected throughout the program and beyond. Additionally, students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor each semester. 

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    Hamline's Distinctive Program

    Our program is one of only a few in the country that focuses exclusively on writing for children and young adults and earns you a master of fine arts degree in just two years. We offer breadth and depth in multiple writing categories—picture book, early reader, middle-grade and young-adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic novel, and comics. You will be immersed in the process and craft of writing and supported by a community of accomplished authors, mentors, and colleagues. And you will graduate prepared to navigate the literary marketplace.

    At A Glance

    The low-residency model accommodates working adults and those who do not wish to or cannot relocate to attend college. Learn more about the Low-Residency Advantage.

    Program Founded:

    2007

    Part Time/Full Time:

    Low-residency/online/distance

    Credits Required:

    52

    Time to Complete:

    2 years

    Cost:

    $668 per credit

    Degree Structure:

    4 semesters, 5 on-campus residencies (January and July, 11 days each), monthly correspondence with faculty advisors. Critical & Creative Thesis. Critical Thesis lecture & reading.

    Admission deadline for January 2015: October 1, 2014

  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, is required to obtain authorization from individual states to enroll students residing outside of Minnesota. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.  

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

  • On the Community

    "The sense of community and fellowship is phenomenal. My peers are immensely supportive and the faculty validates you as a writer."

    -- Anne Schwab, MFAC alum 

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    Alum Speaks on Being a Writer

    Lauretta Elsworth talks about Hamline's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults and becoming a published author.

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    Meet a Student

    Andrew Cochran discusses his experience in the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adult program.

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    A Look Inside

    See behind the scenes into the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program in a KARE 11 feature.