University of Maine at Farmington professor teaching a class in UMF's top-ranked B.F.A. in Creative Writing program, the only Creative Writing program of its kind in Maine.


The University of Maine at Farmington takes pride in offering the only Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in the state, with courses in poetry, fiction, screenwriting and journalism. The curriculum includes an apprenticeship program which, like an internship, helps you gain gain job-ready hands-on skills such as editing a literary journal, teaching creative writing and even creating a TV show.


Graduates of the Creative Writing program have landed book deals with well-known publishers like Penguin Books, garnered prestigious recognitions like the National Endowment for the Arts and Stegner awards and worked at major media organizations such as the National Public Radio.

Study.com Top Ranked School badgeCreative Writing Program named the #1 2021 Best Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing by Study.com

According to their website, Study.com conducted comprehensive research to determine the Best Colleges and Universities for a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Value, accessibility and affordability were essential components in determining their rankings, so they used data from the U.S. Dept. of Education such as retention rates, graduation rates and tuition costs as part of its metrics.

They also looked at key elements such as the quality of training resources, availability of scholarships and internship opportunities and professional qualifications of faculty members. In addition, Study.com considered other factors that enhance the student experience, including study abroad programs, literary events, writing competitions and other relevant extracurricular activities.

Here, you’ll do more and receive one-on-one mentoring

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); 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.


UMF Creative Writing students publish books

Creative Writing student Carrie Close
Creative Writing student Carrie Close with her eight-month-old daughter, Zarya.

University of Maine at Farmington Creative Writing student Carrie Close launched her first published book in April while she was a student at UMF.

Her book, What Have I Done?, is a collection of poems and short stories published by Unsolicited Press. The book launch took place on campus in the Emery Community Arts Center.

A Farmington native, Close attended Mt. Blue High School, and then on to college elsewhere before transferring to UMF into the Creative Writing program.

“After a couple of attempts at college, I just wasn’t sure about the best path for myself going forward, but I followed the lure of Farmington’s Creative Writing program and applied and was accepted into the program, and I am so glad I did,” said Close.


Portrait of Creative Writing student Hannah Binder
Creative Writing student Hannah Binder

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.


Apprenticeships – Real-World Experience in the Creative Writing

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 apprenticed:

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

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.

Want to save more than $6,000 per year in tuition? This University of Maine at Farmington program qualifies for the New England Regional Program tuition discount.

This price break is for residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont for the 2022-2023 academic year — a savings of more than $6,000.

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