Woman student interning at Alice James Books

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.

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.

You can join the UMF Writers Guild student organization and go to the Association of Writers & Writing Programs national conference. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to share your work aloud at on-campus poetry readings. Our 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 Farmington 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.

Portrait of Creative Writing student Hannah BinderUMF Creative Writing student and author publishes her second book

Hannah Binder, a Creative Writing student at UMF, always felt she was a writer at heart. Now, with her second published work, there’s no doubt.

Binder, who writes under the name Hannah Paige, came to Farmington from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She was looking for a quality college Creative Writing program that could help her hone her writing skills, and a community she could embrace.

Hannah’s first book, Why We Don’t Wave, was published during her senior year in high school. Her second, 30 Feet Strong, was published in 2019 while she attended UMF, is about a young man born on September 11, 2001, and the connection he has with four people affected by the 9/11 tragedy.

Internships – Real-World Experience in the Creative Writing Field

At UMF you can find out, first-hand, what it’s like to work in the Creative Writing field while you learn valuable career skills and develop a strong network of professional contacts.

Here’s a short list of where our Creative Writing students have recently interned:

  • Alice James Books
  • The Telling Room
  • Farmington Public Library
  • Agni Review: Boston
  • Sandy River Review
  • Farmington Underground Escape Room
  • he Writers Workout
  • The River

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.

This program qualifies for a New England Regional Student tuition discount of more than $5,000 for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. See details here

Got questions? Ask a professor in this program

Contact Us

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University of Maine at Farmington
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Farmington, Maine USA 04938-1994
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