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    Jul 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

Creative Writing Programs

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Office Location: 1500 Englewood Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Mailing Address: MS-A1730, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104
Phone number: 651-523-2047

The Creative Writing Programs (CWP) in the College of Liberal Arts offer a deep immersion in the process and craft of creative writing taught by award-winning practicing writers. The college offers two graduate degree options: the Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA), and the low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC).

These degrees prepare students who wish to specialize in creative writing and who may want to teach writing at the college level or seek professional work in the literary marketplace. The MFA is offered full- or part-time and provides depth and breadth in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. The MFAC is one of only a few programs in the country that focuses exclusively on writing for young readers. Students can complete this program in just over two years.

The Creative Writing Programs in the CLA house all Creative Writing at the university, including the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. They also publish Water~Stone Review, an award-winning national literary magazine, and Runestone, an online national literary magazine that won the 2017 AWP National Program Directors’ Prize for quality of literary content.


Master’s Degree