• 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

    Mandy Davis Superstar 250

    Superstar, the debut middle grade novel by Mandy Davis (MFAC '11), is new from HarperCollins, with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Publication party June 24 at Addendum Books.

    Sarah Ahiers Thiefs Cunning 250

    Introducing Thief's Cunning, the companion to Assassin's Heart, by CWP alumna Sarah Ahiers (MFAC '16). Publication reading June 23, 2017, 7 pm, in Kay Fredericks Room at Hamline.

    Laurel Snyder Orphan Island 250

    MFAC faculty Laurel Snyder new middle grade novel is out today. Orphan Island is published by Walden Pond Press and receiving great reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus.