• The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline

    The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline

    As a student in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline, you will become part of a series of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs in creative writing in the heart of a dynamic and rich literary community. You will have at your fingertips the cultural and literary bounty of the Twin Cities as well as the resources at Hamline—the only university in the U.S. with three fine arts programs in creative writing and an award-winning national literary magazine.

    Hamline students experience a world-class education in the process and learn the craft of writing taught by award-winning practicing writers. Our graduate students and alums regularly win Loft Mentor Awards, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, Loft-McKnight and Bush Foundation Fellowships.

    Faculty in The Creative Writing Programs publish regularly. Among them, they have published over 250 books and won some of the highest awards given for excellence in writing for children, young adults, and adults.

    MFA students who hope to teach writing at the post-secondary level, and BFA students who hope to earn teaching assistantships in graduate school, are trained in the theory and pedagogy of teaching composition. Graduate students then can apply to teach “Reading and Writing Texts” at Hamline, work as graduate assistants for “Introduction to Creative Writing,” or tutor in the university writing center.

    Learn More

    Read a message from Mary Rockcastle, Director of The Creative Writing Programs >
    About our Faculty > 
    Publications & Awards by Program >
    Read our online newsletter: The Exchange >

    Office Hours

    Office hours when classes are in session:
    Monday - Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Office hours when classes are not in session:
    Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fridays in summer:
    The office is often closed on Fridays during summer term. If you need to stop by on a Friday in the summer, please call first: 651-523-2047.

  • On Assistantships

    "The teaching assistantship was one of the best learning experiences I have had at Hamline. I learned not just how to be a better teacher, but how to be a better reader and writer as well. As a result, I feel confident going into a job search with quality teaching experience on my resume, and I'm grateful to have a semester's worth of experience to draw from when I get a job."

    -- Amy Peterson, '14 MFA