College of Arts and Humanities

St. Charles, Mo. / St. Louis, Mo.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)

St. Charles, Mo. / St. Louis, Mo.
Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) offered in On-campus, Online, and Hybrid formats.

St. Charles / St. Louis / Online
Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFA)

The award-winning MFA in Writing program at Lindenwood University in St. Louis (St. Charles, MO) focuses on the study and practice of the craft of creative writing.

We offer a wide variety of courses in small class settings, which allows personalized attention from faculty. Our courses focus on refining the craft (techniques) of writing, and most incorporate workshop components. We also offer professional courses focused on publishing, teaching, writing-related work, and courses in which students can serve as editorial assistants for The Lindenwood Review literary journal. 

The MFA program offers workshop classes, literature classes, and craft classes in a wide variety of genres and focus areas. Students may take all coursework fully online, or they may choose to include up to one hybrid class per term (which is offered virtually and at our St. Louis / St. Charles campus; see our Local Students page for more info). Classes are offered intermittently on a rotating schedule.

This master's degree in writing offers classes taught by experienced writers who are published authors, journalists, and editors.

MFA in Writing program acceptance is based upon approval of a submitted creative writing sample and statement of purpose. 

Visit our About the MFA page and our Prospective Students page for more information, or contact us at

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