As the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in Maine and one of only three in all of New England, the University of Maine at Farmington Creative Writing program invites you to hone your writing skills through workshops, literature courses and hands-on opportunities in editing and publishing.

Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $4,900 for residents of CT, MA, NH and RI through the New England Regional Student Program.

In the UMF Creative Writing program, small classes and an emphasis on one-on-one mentoring allow you to discover and develop your writing strengths in the genres of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Here, you’ll work closely with faculty who are published fiction writers, essayists, poets and screenwriters.

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    UMF Creative Writing students regularly work one-on--one with Creative Writing faculty like Patricia O'Donnell, herself a respected and widely published author.
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    The on-campus Creative Writing House -- a quiet yet collaborative sanctuary where students and faculty can share creative ideas, explore works in progress, give and take constructive critique, and help shape your writing to become the best it can be.
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    UMF Journalism Club students in downtown Minneapolis, site of the 2015 Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference, which featured more than 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. (Photo by UMF Art student Christina Hallowell)
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    UMF students at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs National Conference in Minneapolis. Here, they're attending the Conference Bookfair that featured more than 700 booths with publishing companies, editors and authors. (Photo by UMF Art student Christina Hallowell)
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    UMF Creative Writing students attending a filled-to-capacity Visiting Writers Series reading on campus. Well-known authors regularly come to UMF as part of the Series. They read from their work, give writing workshops, speak in classes and meet with UMF students.

You can join the UMF Writers Guild student organization and go to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs national conference. You’ll have the opportunity to share your work aloud at on-campus poetry slams. Our UMF Visiting Writers Series brings to campus some of America’s most important authors. You’ll get to attend small workshops and readings and get the opportunity to meet with these award-winning writers.

In addition to classwork and workshops, you’ll complete an apprenticeship that gives you market-ready job skills and real-world experience. Creative Writing students at UMF have helped edit The Beloit Poetry Journal; worked at Alice James Books (an award-winning poetry press located right on campus); taught creative writing in the community; edited the campus literary magazine, The Sandy River Review; written for local newspapers; and even produced their own television shows.

Finally, you’ll complete a Senior Seminar in Creative Writing, where you compile a professional portfolio of your work and celebrate your creative accomplishment by joining fellow UMF student writers for an end-of-semester Senior Reading.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Creative Writing?

Graduates of the UMF Creative Writing program have gone on to win prestigious awards and fellowships such as the Stegner Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Award. They’ve published books by Penguin, Tin House Books and other major publishers. Others have gone on to work at advertising and marketing firms, National Public Radio, Hub City Press and other presses, to teach at the high school and college levels and some have won awards in journalism.

Degree Earned

Bachelor of Fine Arts Arts: Creative Writing

What Courses Might You Take?

Because the University of Maine at Farmington is a liberal arts college, every student – in every major – will take courses in the Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In addition, you will also get to choose interesting classes specifically tailored to this program, such as:

ENG 150 Creative Writing
ENG 210 Fiction Writing
ENG 211 Poetry Writing
ENG 213 Journalism
ENG 214 Screenwriting
ENG 293H Literary Nonfiction
ENG 311 Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG 312 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
ENG 310 Advanced Fiction Writing
ENG 314 Advanced Screenwriting