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    MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults

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  • Young readers matter.

    You know this. And we do, too. It’s why we offer one of only three nationwide programs devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults.

    With our flexible low-residency program, you’ll dive deep into your chosen format—whether it’s picture books, young adult fantasy, or something else—working one-on-one with faculty members who are award-winning authors in their own right.

    Each January and July, you’ll meet fellow students in the Twin Cities for 11 days of intensive lectures, workshops, and readings devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults. Faculty, visiting writers, and graduating students give readings, deliver lectures, and conduct seminars.

    You’ll join a community of learners who offer direction, camaraderie, and support to each other throughout the program and after. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the literary bounty of the Twin Cities.

    Not ready to commit to a full graduate program? Contact us about non-degree options.

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    MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults Overview

    Finish faster: Earn your degree in 2 years (4 semesters, 5 residencies).
    Start sooner: Start your first residency in January or July.
    Balance work and school: Since you’ll correspond monthly with faculty advisors and only come to the Twin Cities for 11-day residencies in January and July, Hamline’s program meets you where you are.
  • Resources for Current MFAC Students

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    Earn scholarships for your writing ability in fantasy, middle grade, and other categories. Find out if you're eligible for scholarships of up to $12,000.

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    Earn your master’s degree at a price you can afford. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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    Students and faculty gather each January and July in the Twin Cities for 11 days of lectures, workshops, and readings. Past guest lecturers include Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, and Libba Bray.

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    Work one-on-one with Newbery Medal winners, Michael L. Printz Award winners, a Caldecott Medal Winner, and more.

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    Alumni weekend

    Come back and enjoy a weekend of creativity and inspiration at each residency. Alumni who graduated within the past year are eligible for 15% off early bird registration. Contact program staff for registration details.

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  • MFAC Program News


    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams, MFAC alumna ‘13 receives a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and is a finalist for the William C. Morris Award.

    Bardoe 250

    Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain, written by alumna Cheryl Bardoe (MFAC ‘10), is out now from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

    Kelly Barnhill Dreadful 250

    MFAC faculty and 2017 Newbery Medal-winning author Kelly Barnhill’s collection of short stories and a novella, Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories, is out now from Algonquin Books.