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“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of multiple writing genres
  • Take a deep look into the literary canon
  • Experience extensive personal mentorship
  • Create a professional portfolio

Create a portfolio you’re proud of

Regardless of your plans for the future, our BFA offers a strong, supportive mentorship program where you’ll create a body of publishable work suitable for use in graduate school applications, future employment opportunities, and as a demonstration of your writing skills.

Your writing studio time will be enriched by a carefully selected peer group, an editorial board of three dedicated faculty members, a studio supervisor, and an outside reviewer. Over the course of the semester, you’ll complete a full-length creative manuscript or professional portfolio.


Personal transformation, creative inspiration

Our program focuses on the growth of your creative ethos as an author. You’ll study the creative process, understanding it on a profound level, while growing your professional skills as a writer.

Our roots in the expansion of personal awareness will help you achieve inner and outer balance, bringing your writing to a compelling new level of depth and expression.


Meditate and create

As a student at MUM, you’ll practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique daily.

This evidence-based technique reduces stress, enhances clear thinking, and gets you in touch with the deepest, most authentic part of yourself to help you create in a whole new way.

Financial aid is available for this program. Learn more ➤

Featured guest author

joy-lyleThis year, the BFA is proud to welcome Joy Lyle, a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, to provide the students with her unique insights and guidance.

Joy Lyle, a graduate of the University of Iowa, earned BA and MFA degrees in English with an emphasis in Poetry from the internationally acclaimed Writers’ Workshop. She teaches composition, communications, and poetry writing for Indian Hills Community College using various delivery modalities, including online and distance learning.
Her poetry has been published in several journals, including Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Lyrical Iowa, Cutbank, Poetry Northwest, Mid-America Poetry Review, The Sewanee Theological Review, and the anthology Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day.

Joy is a member of the National League of American Pen Women. She serves as the high school editor for the Iowa Poetry Association and also edits a journal of student poetry for Indian Hills and organizes poetry readings. Joy has lived on an Iowa farm her entire life.

Featured faculty

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Nynke Passi started teaching at MUM in 1998, first in the former MA in Professional Writing program, then in the undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing program.

One of the University’s most popular teachers, Nynke has developed an extensive undergraduate creative writing curriculum with courses such as creative process, graphic narrative, poetry, poetry and transcendence, memoir, personal essay, fiction, and travel writing.

“Whether she is teaching poetry, graphic narrative, or memoir writing, Nynke Passi is more than a teacher; she is a mentor, confidante, and muse. With compassion and care, she guides students in expressing their creativity through language—she inspires students to be bold, authentic, and honest.” – Anna Maria Cornell, Alumnus

Blog Articles

Conner Carey and The Poetry of Community

Conner Carey and The Poetry of Community

Conner Carey, a recent graduate of Maharishi University of Management’s (MUM) English and Creative Writing Program, shares her opinions on college, life, writing, and SEO. “I’m a hippie from Austin,... more

Tamlin Day: Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Tamlin Day: Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Tamlin Day came to MUM from Austin, Texas, where he worked as a nanny and preschool teacher for 14 years. Some of his friends practiced the Transcendental Meditation® technique, so... more

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