• 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.

    APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR FALL 2017:
    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.

  • CWP NEWS

    York Laura Ruby 250

    MFAC faculty Laura Ruby's new series debuts today with York: The Shadow Cipher (Book One), from Walden Pond Press. Named one of Publishers Weekly's 'Best Summer Reads of 2017.'

    HedinBigBend_250

    Nancy Hedin, MFA '13, debuts with Bend, a novel from Anglerfish Press—an imprint of Riptide. Join Nancy and Riptide on the virtual book tour, May 8-12, with exclusive guest posts, content, and giveaways.

    SavannahBrooks_250

    MFA student Savannah Brooks is the graduate student recipient of the 2017 John Wesley Leadership and Service Awards for Students, announced by the Dean of Students Office on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

  • Events

    June 1
    6 - 9 p.m.

    Deborah Keenan, GLS and CWP faculty member for 29 years and habitual "Faculty Member of the Year Award" winner, is retiring at the end of Spring 2017. The Creative Writing Programs will be hosting a retirement party for Deborah on Thursday, June 1 to celebrate her accomplishments and wish her the best as a retiree.