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Creative Writing in Minnesota

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Schools Offering Creative Writing Programs in Minnesota

Each year, roughly 0.1% of Minnesota students graduate with degrees in creative writing. In other words, every year an estimated 128 creative writers graduate from Minnesota's 10 creative writing schools.

Top Schools

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, which was ranked 14th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Minnesota that has a creative writing program. It is located in Minneapolis. In 2010, 14 students graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' creative writing program. Tuition at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities was $12,288 per year.

The second-ranked school in Minnesota with a creative writing program is Macalester College, which is located in Saint Paul. In 2010, it was ranked 21st nationwide. 9 students graduated with degree in creative writing from Macalester College in 2010. Tuition at Macalester College was $40,046 per year.

The third-ranked school in Minnesota that has a creative writing program is Hamline University. Hamline University, which was ranked 35th in the country in 2010, is located in Saint Paul. In 2010, 58 students graduated from Hamline University creative writing program. The tuition rate at Hamline University was $30,489 per year.


Tuition at Minnesota's creative writing schools ranges from $40,046 per year to $5,125 per year. But, the average tuition is $17,399 per year. In 2010, the following Minnesota creative writing schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Macalester College - located in Saint Paul, students are charged $40,046 per year
  2. University of St Thomas - located in Saint Paul, students are charged $30,493 per year
  3. Hamline University - located in Saint Paul, students are charged $30,489 per year

The creative writing schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Minnesota were:

  1. Normandale Community College - located in Minneapolis, students are charged $5,125 per year
  2. Minnesota State University-Mankato - located in Mankato, students are charged $6,725 per year
  3. Minnesota State University-Moorhead - located in Moorhead, students are charged $6,924 per year

A creative writing degree from a Minnesota school... what next?

A large number of Minnesota creative writing graduates become creative writers. If you decide to work as a creative writer in Minnesota, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,460 Minnesota creative writers as of 2010. The largest populations of Minnesota creative writers are working in the following counties:

  1. Anoka County - 1,140 creative writers
  2. Becker County - 90 creative writers
  3. Brown County - 60 creative writers

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of creative writers is expected to grow by 5% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,500 creative writers working in the Minnesota then.


A creative writer in Minnesota earns $56,800 per year on average. However, Minnesota creative writers earned anywhere in the range from as less than $15,810 per year to more than $90,570 per year in 2010. The counties in Minnesota with the highest average salary for a creative writer are:

  1. Anoka County - $61,640 per year
  2. Dodge County - $56,650 per year
  3. Benton County - $46,200 per year

The following counties in Minnesota have the lowest average salaries for creative writers:

  1. Big Stone County - $19,730 per year
  2. Brown County - $31,340 per year
  3. Becker County - $42,970 per year

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For more data regarding a career in creative writing in Minnesota and to compare salaries with various related fields such as communications or creative writing, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Creative Writing in Minnesota
  • Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing in Minnesota
  • Master's Degree in Creative Writing in Minnesota

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Writers and Authors 1,460 $56,800 -26.3%

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