University of Nebraska Omaha MFA

Nebraska, United States

Low-residency program

UNO offers both a 4-year undergraduate BFA in Writing program and a 2-year low-residency MFA in Writing program.


Contact Information

6001 Dodge St
WFAB 301
Omaha
Nebraska, United States
68182-0324
Phone: (402) 554-5987
Email: kclouther@unomaha.edu
Fax: (402) 554-3436
mfa.unomaha.edu



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Miles Waggener
Unit Coordinator
6001 Dodge
Writer's Workshop
Omaha
Nebraska, United States
68182-0324
Email: mwaggener@unomaha.edu
URL: http://www.unomaha.edu/creativewriting/index.php

Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska-Omaha is a community of creative writers united by the study of the literary craft. The department offers studio-based instruction from professional writers in a collegiate context incorporating visual arts, journalism, communication, and design. The Writer’s Workshop provides coursework toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The undergraduate program is built on the apprenticeship model. All teaching faculty, both full and part-time, are publishing writers who strive to personalize instruction and bring out emerging artists’ creative potential.

Type of Program: Studio
Largest Class Size: 25
Smallest Class Size: 7
Genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 4 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Foreign Language: 2 courses of same language 6-10 hrs
Criticism and Theory: 6
Composition Rhetoric: General Education
Workshop: 30
Literature: 27
Thesis: 3/6 Optional
Total Units for Degree: Minimum 70 hours
Other Requirements: University Standard: 120 hours to graduate.

Graduate Program Director

Kevin Clouther
Program Coordinator
6001 Dodge St
WFAB 301
Omaha
Nebraska, United States
68182-0324
Phone: (402) 554-5987
Email: kclouther@unomaha.edu
URL: mfa.unomaha.edu

The low-residency MFA in Writing is a two-year program of focused instruction for writers who have a strong commitment to a literary career but are unable to leave home, family, or job for prolonged periods to pursue their ambitions. The program is composed of four 16-week home-based seminars sandwiched between five 10-day residencies in Nebraska, the home of the program. For those who have made a deliberate choice to focus on their writing skills, the seminars and residencies are intended to help prepare them to participate successfully in the wide domain of contemporary American letters. Students devote an average of 25 hours per week to their studies, which allows them time to maintain commitments to family or job while they pursue their literary studies within a flexible structure of writing, guided readings, and critical response under the guidance of individual writing mentors. Over a two-year course of study, the student earns 60 credit hours toward a Masters of Fine Arts degree in one of six emphases: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, young adult, playwriting, or screenwriting.

Type of Program: Low-Residency Program
Genres: Fiction, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Cover Letter




FACULTY

Kevin Clouther

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/kevin-clouther.php


Charlene Donaghy

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/charlene-a-donaghy.php


Richard Duggin

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/richard-duggin.php


Graham Foust

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/graham-foust.php


Kate Gale

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/kate-gale.php


Art Homer

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/art-homer.php


Marya Hornbacher

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/marya-hornbacher.php


Michael Kinghorn

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/michael-kinghorn.php


Steve Langan

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/steve-langan.php


Patricia Lear

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/patricia-lear.php


Kristen-Paige Madonia

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/kristen-paige-madonia.php


Jessica Hendry Nelson

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/jessica-hendry-nelson.php


Michael Oatman

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/michael-oatman.php


Tom Paine

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/tom-paine.php


Elizabeth Powell

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/elizabeth-powell.php


Karen Gettert Shoemaker

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/karen-gettert-shoemaker.php


Catherine Texier

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/catherine-texier.php


William Trowbridge

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/william-trowbridge.php


Brett Williams

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/samuel-brett-williams.php


Charles Wyatt

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/charles-wyatt.php


Teri Youmans

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/teri-youmans-grimm.php


Jim Peterson

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/jim-peterson.php


Lee Ann Roripaugh

https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/writers-workshop/mfa-program/mfa-faculty/lee-ann-roripaugh.php





COMMUNITY

Each residency, a variety of visitors join us, including published writers and members of the literary publication world. Visiting faculty offer readings, lectures, panel discussions, or individual conferences. Each summer residency, a number of alumni also return to read. Recent or upcoming visiting faculty include:

Sandra Beasley, Lee Blessing, Chad Christensen, Mary Conroy, Lisa Fay Coutley, Mark E. Cull, Jennifer Egan, Christina Ham, Patricia Henley, Anna Maria Hong, Major Jackson, Liz Kay, Tammie M. Kennedy, Jody Keisner, David Lehman, Julie Mannell, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, David Philip Mullins, Ehren Parks, Cindy Phaneuf, Deesha Philyaw, John T. Price, Hugh Reilly, Todd Robinson, Daniel Simon, and Natalia Treviño