Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)
Join a community of engaged and driven writers in an environment that’s designed to challenge you as much as it supports you. With Hamline’s creative writing master’s degree, you'll dive deep into the study of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction while you develop a breadth of knowledge to experiment across genres. Guided by faculty members who are accomplished authors themselves, your master of fine arts in creative writing will help you:
- Get published. Dozens of alumni and current students have gone on to publish work with both local and national publishing houses, and hundreds have placed work in literary magazines.
- Edit real work. You’ll graduate prepared for a career in literary publishing, with the opportunity to serve on the editorial boards of Hamline’s literary magazines: Water~Stone Review, Runestone, and rock, paper, scissors. Students can also earn internships at Twin Cities presses including Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Editions.
- Gain teaching experience. Study composition theory and pedagogy in preparation for a job as a writing tutor or English professor, and take advantage of the several teaching internships offered each semester.
Creative Writing MFA program highlights
|Are classes offered online or on campus?||Hamline's MFA in Creative Writing is offered on-campus. Each course meets one evening a week from 6-9 p.m.|
|Can I enroll and keep working full-time?||With courses just one evening a week on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus, you can achieve your master of fine arts in creative writing degree without putting your life on hold.|
|When can I start?||With two starts per year—September and February—you don't have to wait to begin your writing career.|
|How long will it take to earn my degree?||Graduate in as few as three years.|
Literary journals, blog, and partnerships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore how we make your Creative Writing MFA affordable
Your MFA is a cost-effective investment with affordable tuition at our prestigious, private, nonprofit university.
Scholarships and graduate assistantships
Your education could become even more affordable. Find out if you're eligible for one of several scholarships, tuition discounts, or assistantships.
Interested in writing children's and young adult books?
Hamline is proud to offer only one of three MFA programs in the country specializing in writing for children and young adults. Learn from award-winning authors. Explore the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
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