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In our program, you’ll do more than author great writing pieces – you’ll become the author of your own self.

  • Hone your skills in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in a professional workshop atmosphere with a variety of writing opportunities
  • Develop yourself holistically through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and support from department faculty and the local creative community
  • Graduate with a portfolio of work and a comprehensive understanding of how to pursue a career in writing

Our BA in Creative and Professional Writing is a safe haven where developing writers can learn in a supportive, workshop-based environment that includes an emphasis on spiritual and personal growth.

Areas of study include journalism, photojournalism, screenwriting, travel writing, creative writing, writing for the web, creating graphic novels, publishing e-books, and social media marketing.

Learn more with less stress

Our program is founded on the idea that creativity is not meant to be a struggle, but instead a fun and rewarding process.

At MUM, you’ll take only one full-time class a month, giving you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the knowledge without the stress of balancing multiple courses and exams.

In every class, we offer our students tools and techniques to awaken creativity in authentic ways that deeply engage mind, heart, and soul without the stress typical of a college degree program.

Dive within

As an MUM student, you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique daily. TM has been scientifically proven enhance brain functioning, increase creativity, and lower stress.

Connecting to your innermost self through TM puts you in touch with your authentic voice and allows for deeper and richer writing experience.

Workshop-based classes

Our small, close-knit classes make sharing your work with your peers a safe and rewarding experience.

You’ll receive friendly feedback that furthers your development as a writer, learn how to confidently produce original work, and create lasting connections with your peers and faculty.

Individual attention

Our faculty will help you to build on your natural writing strengths and create a sustainable writing routine.

Our low student-to-faculty ratio means that your teachers have the time to fully support your creative endeavors and help you to become the best writer that you can be.

Creative community

Every MUM student has the opportunity to connect with the thriving writing community of Fairfield, Iowa—home to slam poetry shows, literary journals, and local writing collectives and classes, as well as individuals from all over the world who will support you on your creative journey.

Featured faculty

Leah Waller

Leah Waller

Leah Waller

Leah Waller is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and the director of the BA and BFA in Creative and Professional Writing.

Leah’s work has been published in literary journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Her book Under the Cedar Tree had a soaring debut in Amazon’s top ten bestseller list for poetry and continues to be a popular favorite among reading circles.

Leah received her bachelor’s degree in literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. At NAU, Leah worked as the Assistant Managing Editor for Thin Air Magazine and an instructor of composition writing.

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