• Hamline's Summer Writing Workshop

    Whether your passion lies in fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry, Hamline’s Summer Writing Workshop offers a deep immersion in the craft and process of writing, while working closely with award-winning visiting faculty and fellow writers. Located on campus, a beautiful urban oasis in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, Minnesota, this five-day intensive residential retreat integrates the foundational elements of craft with advanced applications tailored to writers of all genres and styles. The Workshop is a great way to test the waters of the MFA program at Hamline and get to know the vibrant literary scene in the Twin Cities. Participating students who apply/accepted into Hamline Creative Writing can carry these credits directly into the program. 

  • Workshop details


    Registrations are processed in the order they are received in the CWP program office. Contact CWP via email or call 651-523-2047 with questions about your registration.

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    Visiting faculty

    Workshop participants choose a week of craft lessons and workshops from award-winning visiting writers in each genre. This year's workshop faculty includes Sabina Murray (fiction), Amy Fusselman (nonfiction), and Virgil Suarez (poetry).


    The 2020 Summer Writing Workshop will take place August 2-7.

    • Check-in Sunday morning, faculty reading Sunday evening
    • Mornings are free for writing, reading, sleeping, revising, etc
    • Afternoon workshop sessions on Sunday–Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 1:00–4:00 pm
    • Individual conferences and optional publishing panel
    • Student reading on Thursday evening
    • Check-out Friday afternoon


    Credit options
    Students may choose to register for two Hamline University graduate credits or for no credit. Those choosing credit may be required to complete additional writing assignments and must attend the faculty reading. Work expected of those opting for credit will be equivalent to campus‑based courses in Hamline’s MFA in Creative Writing program.

    Two graduate semester credits: $1160
    Non‑credit: $1010

    Room and board: $415

    Commuter fee: $65
    Covers facilities fees and copy charges. Includes no meals, but they may be purchased separately in the cafeteria.

    2 credits, commuter: $1225
    2 credits, room and board: $1575
    no credit, commuter: $1075
    no credit, room and board: $1425

    MFA, MFAC, and MALS alumni receive a 10% discount on the price of tuition. Alumni from Hamline's undergraduate college with a creative writing major (BFA) are also eligible for the discount. (Note: discount applies to spring 2019 grads.)

    Note: Costs listed above are from 2019. Amounts for 2020 will be announced soon.