• BFA: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

    The place to go for creative writing in the upper Midwest.


    The BFA in Creative Writing offers a rigorous apprenticeship in the craft and process of writing; a tiered curriculum in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction; a strong background in the British and American literary traditions; and an understanding of textual analysis and the theoretical dimensions of reading and writing. Students learn how to read closely as writers, to create their own original works, and to analyze and appreciate the elements that comprise works of literature.

    Hamline’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the only such degree in the Twin Cities and the only one in the state of Minnesota offered by a private liberal arts university. Hamline is the sole university in the United States offering three fine arts degrees in creative writing: the BFA, an MFA in Creative Writing, and a low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

    Hamline also offers a creative writing minor and an English major with a concentration in creative writing.

    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for BFA in Creative Writing.

  • CWP News

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    Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, by MFA faculty Sheila O'Connor, a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick and MIBA Midwest Connections Pick, is available now from Penguin. Launch event this Sunday, 4/22, 3 pm at Red Balloon Bookshop.

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    The Creative Writing Programs faculty member Angela Pelster-Wiebe’s new flash nonfiction piece, "Charlottesville, 2017," has been published in Tin House.

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    Join Hamline's Creative Writing Programs for the Spring 2018 Graduate Readings! Come listen to graduating MFA students read from their capstone projects on Friday nights in April and May.