Creative Writing Programs
Write your story with us
No matter where you are in your writing career
As the only university in the United States with three fine arts programs in creative writing, Hamline has a long history of turning writers into published authors. Learn from faculty members that include recent Newbery Medal winners, a National Book Award finalist, and more. Whether you’re a high school student spending the summer learning the ropes of a writing workshop or a graduate student looking to elevate your creative life, we’ll help you share your words with the world.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Refine your craft in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, with your choice of a full-time or part-time program.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC)
Join one of only three programs nationwide specializing in writing for young readers. Work remotely during the semester and gather with Hamline’s writing community for 11-day residencies twice a year.
Literary journals, blog, and partnerships
rock, paper, scissors
rock, paper, scissors is a literary magazine written and edited by students in Hamline University’s creative writing programs. The magazine is a platform for emerging writers and scholars at Hamline University to engage in the larger world of art and academia.
Runestone is an online undergraduate literary journal that provides mentorship and hands-on experience for student editors as they publish and promote the nation’s finest undergraduate writers in an online forum. Graduate students serve as associate editors, while undergraduates make up the student editorial board.
The Storyteller's Inkpot
Join faculty, students, and graduates of Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in this online forum to discuss the program, books, writing, the creative process, kid lit, and more.
Visit the Storyteller's Inkpot
Founded in 1998, Water~Stone Review has earned a place in the literary marketplace as a magazine of high literary and design quality, staffed by graduate assistants. The review publishes work in all genres by writers at all stages of their careers. It also publishes essay reviews and writers’ interviews.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
Hamline graduate students can work with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, a program that brings creative writing classes, mentoring, and literary programming to incarcerated people in Minnesota’s state prisons.
More about the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
The Society of Young Inklings
Hamline graduate students partner with the Society of Young Inklings to support young writers, ages eight to 18, as they develop their voice and talents. Students work with mentees one-on-one, teach classes, hold workshops, and help budding authors explore their creativity.
More about the Society of Young Inklings
Publishing and other news
Our students, faculty, and alumni are always publishing. Follow us on our social channels and keep up with our amazing community of writers.
The Creative Writing Programs