• MFA: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

    Our program, offered full or part-time, will allow you to develop the process and craft of writing in a rigorous, engaged, and supportive environment. Our small class sizes provide an intimate setting in which you will establish trust and rapport with your classmates and receive one-on-one advising and feedback from your professors.

    While many people enter the program with a particular focus, the MFA program encourages students to experiment across genres. Therefore, you will cultivate breadth and depth in the genre of your choice, while also developing your knowledge and craft across genres. 

    Our faculty are accomplished writers who are also generous, highly effective teachers. They will guide you through your graduate work to ensure that you accomplish your academic and artistic goals.

    At Hamline, students can:

    • Develop breadth and depth in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction;
    • Experiment across genres; 
    • Do the MFA full or part time;
    • Serve as members of the editorial board of Hamline’s national, award-winning magazine, Water~Stone Review; 
    • Serve on the editorial board of the student-run magazine: rock, paper, scissors;
    • Earn credit through an internship at one of the Twin Cities highly regarded literary presses or trade publishers;
    • Work with nationally known writers at the annual Water~Stone Review Summer Writing Workshop and in a Master Class with visiting authors;
    • Study the theory and pedagogy of teaching composition and earn jobs at Hamline and elsewhere as writing tutors and instructors of freshman English;
    • Meet when needed with an advisor who will support and guide them in accomplishing their academic and artistic goals; 
    • Join Hamline’s student group & journal—West Egg Literati and rock, paper, scissors  
    • Choose to do part of their program in the Low-Residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. 

    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 MFA in Creative Writing.

  • MFA PROGRAM NEWS

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     MFA Alum Joe Horton and CWP Faculty Richard Pelster-Wiebe have been selected for the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship Program

    The Jerome Foundation seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by early career/emerging artists.


    The Foundation awards grants to early career artists and those nonprofit arts organizations that serve them in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.

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    The new anthology Under Purple Skies: The Minneapolis Anthology, edited by Frank Burnes from Belt Publishing features short stories by six Hamline University affiliated writers.

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    MFA Faculty Angela Pelster-Weibe will moderate a reading and interview hosted by Coffee House Press The reading will be at the American Swedish Institute in the Folke Bernadotte Conference Room on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m.