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Hamline University

MFA in Writing
MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults (low-res)

Contact Information:

1536 Hewitt Ave

St. Paul, MN 55104

Website: hamline.edu/cwp

Program director: Mary Rockcastle

Phone: (651) 523-2900

Email: gradprog@hamline.edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA, BFA

Type of program: residency (BFA, MFA in Writing)
low-residency (MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults)

Length of program: 2-7 years

Genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, picture book, early reader, middle-grade/young-adult fiction, graphic novel, comics

Enrollment: 125 (MFA), 65 (MFAC)

Total credits required: 48-60

Application deadlines: MFA in Writing: February 1, November 15
MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults: May 15, November 15

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Swati Avasthi, John Brandon, Patricia Weaver Francisco, Emily Jenkins (a.k.a. e. lockhart), Deborah Keenan, Ron Koertge, Sheila O'Connor, Phyllis Root, Gary D. Schmidt, Larry Sutin, Eleanora E. Tate, Anne Ursu, Katrina Vandenberg, Gene Luen Yang

Visiting faculty: John Colburn, Mary Logue, Jim Moore, Marilyn Nelson, Juliet Patterson, Matt Rasmussen

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Water~Stone Review

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Kate DiCamillo, Toi Derricotte, Marilyn Nelson, Brenda Miller, Ben Percy, Jon Scieszka, Wells Tower

Program description: At Hamline, you’ll benefit not only from being a part of the only university in the U.S. with three fine arts programs in creative writing and an award-winning national literary magazine, but also from the cultural and literary bounty of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Hamline students experience a world-class education in the process and craft of writing taught by award-winning practicing writers. Our faculty have published more than 250 books and won the highest awards given for excellence in writing for children, young adults, and adults. Our alumni go on to publish, teach, and work in the literary publishing industry. Hamline offers a BFA, MFA in writing, and MFA in writing for children and young adults (low-residency).

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a rigorous apprenticeship in the craft and process of writing. The Master of Fine Arts in Writing encourages students to experiment across the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Cultivate breadth and depth in the genre of your choice, while also developing your knowledge and craft across genres. In the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults students work one-on-one with professors and complete the coursework from home (online or via snail mail) and travel to Hamline's Saint Paul campus twice a year for intensive residencies.