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Creative Writing (BFA)

Your creativity can take you to the stars, and we're here to give you the fuel. Hamline's bachelor of fine arts in creative writing empowers you with the skills you'll need in your career in creative writing, whether that's in publishing, communications, writing, or more. 

You'll develop communication and organizational skills that employers covet and learn how to collaborate, give and receive constructive feedback, conduct research, and operate under deadlines—abilities that will serve you well in any field, from publishing and teaching to nonprofits, law, and marketing. Actively publishing, award-winning writers and filmmakers visit classes regularly and provide context for your growing skills in a professional, post-college setting.

From the craft and process of writing to strategies of digital storytelling, you'll build a comprehensive toolkit in your studies of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary traditions, textual analysis, and the theoretical dimensions of reading and writing. You can craft work in any number of genres, from realistic or speculative fiction; formal poetry or spoken word; and memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, and more.

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Engaged-learning projects

At Hamline, students participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your own research project based on your individual interests and goals.

The list of possible engagement projects is as varied as our students. For example, picture yourself:

  • Co-editing and publishing the BFA program’s annual award-winning undergraduate online literary magazine, Runestone
  • Examining the publishing fields of specific genres, including speculative literature, folk and fairytale, fantasy, flash fiction, and sportswriting
  • Working at one of the many Twin Cities publishing houses or literary organizations
  • Leading one of Hamline’s student-run publications, such as The Fulcrum literary magazine, Untold Magazine lifestyle publication, or The Oracle student newspaper

During your research process, you’ll collaborate with professionals at major research institutions, publish your research in academic journals, and present your work at local, regional, and national conferences.

Internships for BFA in creative writing students

We make sure you leave Hamline with work experience in creative writing on your resume. And the opportunities are boundless. Whether you want to explore a career in publishing, communications, journalism, education, or more, we have internship opportunities for you.

Examples of past creative writing student internships include:

  • Graywolf Press, publishing intern
  • Minnesota Historical Society, oral history office intern
  • Minnesota Women’s Press, advertising sales intern
  • KFAI Fresh Air Radio, journalism and content intern
  • Saint Paul Public Schools, communications intern
  • Milkweed Editions, editorial intern
  • Alight (formerly the American Refugee Committee), operations intern
  • The Loft Literary Center, communications intern
  • The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, operations intern  

Explore career paths

Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:

  • Essayist, poet, or fiction writer
  • Magazine writer and editor
  • Book publisher
  • Librarian
  • Attorney
  • Teacher or professor
  • Literary critic
  • Nonprofit manager

You can also put your degree to work in any number of fields, including:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Law
  • Authorship
  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Nonprofit and community organizing

Take your studies further with graduate school

Our graduates have gone on to graduate schools across the country in the pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees. Examples of programs and schools include:

  • MFA in creative writing, Hamline University
  • MFA in fiction, Pacific University 
  • MFA in poetry, Western Michigan University 
  • MFA in creative nonfiction, University of South Florida 
  • MFA in fiction, University of North Carolina at Wilmington 
  • MFA in writing for children and young adults, Hamline University
  • MFA in writing for children and young adults, The New School in New York