Master of Arts in Creative Writing & Publishing


Words have power.
Power for change.
Power for hope and beauty
Power for memory and growth.

The MA program in Creative Writing and Publishing is focused on  intensive practice in the craft of creative writing, as well as training in the theory and practice of publishing. In addition to participating in poetry, fiction, and creative-non-fiction workshops, students have the opportunity to take courses in literature, pedagogy, and cultural studies. Classes are capped at 14 students, allowing for lively classroom engagement and personalized attention. The flexibility of our evening course schedule allows students to engage in a rigorous program while pursuing other career and personal goals. 

The program is designed to take advantage of the robust publishing industry in the Twin Cities. As Publishing Trendsetter recently noted, “It’s no exaggeration to call Minneapolis the publishing capital of the Midwest.” Graduates of our program will be well prepared to find internships and employment in this growing industry.

Our faculty members are award-winning writers who have published with some of the country’s finest presses. They have close ties to many of the region’s best publishers, including Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, and Milkweed Editions. Students work closely with faculty mentors throughout their graduate studies, culminating a chapbook-length creative project at the conclusion of the program.

We warmly invite you to join our creative community! Please let us know if we can provide additional information about the program.

General queries can be sent to
Dr. Alexis Easley, Graduate Program Director (651) 962-5614
Soren Hoeger-Lerdal, Graduate Program Coordinator (651) 962-5628



The University of St. Thomas is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Note: The University of St. Thomas is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.