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. You’ll have the opportunity to share your work aloud at on-campus poetry slams. 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.
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.
Note: This program qualifies for a tuition discount of nearly $5,000 for residents of CT, MA, NH and RI through the New England Regional Student Program.