• 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

    Emma Johnson-Rivard

    Congratulations to current MFA student Emma Johnson-Rivard, whose list of recent publications – six journal publications from summer 2017, plus two more coming soon - is incredibly impressive! Great work, Emma!

    Mark Rapacz Burdizzo 250

    Congratulations to CWP alum Mark Rapacz, MFA ‘07, whose newest novel, A Burdizzo For a Prince, is available now in print or ebook, from Fahrenheit Press, crime fiction publishers. 

    Kelly Barnhill 250

    The CWP is thrilled to add Kelly Barnhill, 2017 Newbery Medal winner for The Girl Who Drank the Moon, to the faculty in our low-res MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She will be starting in January 2018.