• 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

    artspace-open

    The Hamline University ArtSpace is now open for student use in Osborn Residence Hall. ArtSpace provides musical instruments and art supplies for painting, drawing, and sketching on paper and canvas free of charge to all Hamline students.

    Susan Latta book 250

    New from Chicago Review Press, Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs, by Susan Latta, MFAC '09. Great work, Susan!

    Melanie Heuiser Hill news 250

    The debut, middle grade novel from CWP alum Melanie Heuiser Hill (MFAC '13), Giant Pumpkin Suite, is out today from Candlewick press. Melanie launched her book, with Pete Hautman, at Red Balloon bookstore earlier this month.