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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.
  • Scholarships

    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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    Tuition

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

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    Residencies

    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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    Faculty

    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

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    For the second consecutive year, and for the third time in the last four years, five writers connected to Hamline's creative writing programs have been named finalists for the Minnesota Book Awards.

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    Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams, MFAC alumna ‘16 receives a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award, and is a finalist for the William C. Morris Award.

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    MFAC faculty Laura Ruby takes her place on the 2019 National Book Awards Shortlist for Young People's Literature with her newest novel Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All.