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MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

Young readers matter. That's why Hamline offers one of only three nationwide programs devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

Dive deep into your chosen format—whether it’s picture books, young adult fantasy, or something else—and work one-on-one with faculty members who are award-winning authors in their own right.

Twice each year, you’ll join other students and our faculty for in-depth lectures, workshops, and readings devoted to writing for children and young adults. Faculty, visiting writers, and graduating students give readings, deliver lectures, and conduct seminars that provide real-world tools for success.

You’ll join a community of learners who offer direction, camaraderie, and support to each other throughout the program and after. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the literary bounty of the Twin Cities' many publishing houses.

Writing for Young Adults MFA program highlights

Can I enroll even if I live in another state? With our flexible, low-residency program, you come to our campus just twice a year: Once in January and once in July for 11 days each. You'll do the rest of your work online, wherever you live.
When can I start? With two start dates per year, you can start the next journey in your career as a writer as soon as possible.
How long will it take to earn my degree? Earn your degree in two years—that's four semesters, and five residencies.

Residencies and semester work