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My Words. My Time. My MFA.




Congratulations to our very own Michael Weems for his many recent playwriting accomplishments!

~ Michael's one act One Three Two was performed by Mildred's Umbrella March 26 - April 4, 2015, as well as Freshwater Theatre in Minnesota March 29-April 8, 2015.

~ His musical Heartbreak USA (Conception, Book and Lyrics, composed by Timothy Boaz) opened May 14,2015, produced by Standing Room Only productions.~ His full length play Give Take (co-written with Bryan Maynard) opens August 2015 in Houston.

~ His one act Shake My Hand was produced by Image Theatre in Massachusetts February 2015.

~ His one act The High and Low Search was produced by Black Book Theatre, Brooklyn May 2015.

~ His full length play A Common Martyr is now published by Next Stage Press.

~ His full length play The Right Kind of People was named an honorable mention for the 2014 Robert J Pickering Award.


Program Overview

The University of Nebraska at Omaha MFA in Writing Program offers focused instruction for creative writers who are committed to a literary career. This low-residency program is composed of four 16-week at-home semesters and five 10-day conference-style residencies. The semesters and residencies are integrated to help those who desire to hone their writing and critical thinking in order to participate competitively in the wider domain of contemporary American letters.

At Residency, you will attend lectures, workshops, and readings, and you will be be paired with a Faculty Mentor with whom you will meet to design your study plan for the home-based semester.

Our Faculty Mentors are chosen not only on the basis of their literary and teaching accomplishments, but also because their approaches to teaching and the craft of writing coincide with our emphasis on Mentorship.

While devoting a minimum of 25 hours per week to your studies, you will have time to maintain commitments to family or job while you pursue your literary studies within a flexible structure of writing, guided readings, and critical response. Over the course of the program, you will earn 60 credit hours toward a Masters of Fine Arts degree in one of four genres: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, or Creative Nonfiction.

The five short residency sessions convene all the MFA students and faculty twice a year. The site for these residencies is the Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City. Featuring Adirondack-style timbers and stonework, this lovely retreat is set in the middle of a 260-acre wooded park.