• 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 Summer Writer’s 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—West Egg Literati 
    • Choose to do part of their program in the Low-Residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

    February 1 for scholarship consideration
    March 1 for all others (no scholarship consideration)

    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.


    The Loft logo 250

    Congratulations to Joan Maeda Trygg (MFA '05) and Hallie Wiederholt (MFA '13), both announced as winning fellows of The Loft 2017-2018 Mentor Series. Eight others from CWP community named as finalists. Great work!

    Rebecca Grabill 250

    Introducing the "mischievous fun" Halloween Goodnight, a picture book by CWP alumna Rebecca Grabill (MFAC '11), new from Atheneum Books for Young Readers. Illustrated by Ella Okstad.

    Blair Thornburgh News 250

    MFAC student celebrating book release and graduation! Blair Thornburgh's YA novel, Who's That Girl is out today (from HarperTeen). Publication party July 12 at Red Balloon Bookshop.

  • Events

    Aug. 30
    5:45 - 7 p.m.

    Join CWP and West Egg Literati in welcoming our incoming class of MFA students and celebrating the beginning of the new academic year. Current students and alumni welcome!