Creative Writing

Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Creative Writing

Must I write?

If your answer to that question is “yes!” then you’ll find a home in UMF’s B.F.A. program in Creative Writing, where an exciting  liberal arts setting lets talented young writers hone their skills over four years of writing workshops, literature courses, and hands-on opportunities in editing and publishing.

UMF’s B.F.A. degree is the only one in the state of Maine, and one of only three in New England.

Creative Writing students at UMF work closely with faculty who are practicing and published fiction writers, essayists, poets and screenwriters, and our small classes mean every writer gets the attention she deserves.

In addition to classwork and workshops, students complete an apprenticeship that gives them job skills and real-life experience. Creative Writing students have helped edit The Beloit Poetry Journal; assisted 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.

Here you can join the Writers Guild and go to the annual Associated Writing Programs conference. You can read your work aloud at Poetry Slams. You can attend on-campus readings by America’s most important writers, followed by book-signings where you can meet the authors.

Finally, every UMF Creative Writing student completes the Senior Seminar in Creative Writing, where he compiles a professional portfolio of his work, and celebrates the accomplishment by joining peers for an end-of-semester Senior Reading.

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 210 Fiction Writing
ENG 215 Writing for Children and Young Adults
ENG 214 Screenwriting
ENG 219 Writing the Literary Novel
ENG 293H Literary Nonfiction
ENG 311 Advanced Poetry Writing


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.