- Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Mentor
- UNO Professor Emeritus
- MFA in Writing
RICHARD DUGGIN was raised in New England and received his bachelor’s degree in literature and writing from the University of New Hampshire. He earned his MFA degree in fiction writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught fiction writing at the University of Nebraska Omaha for the past fifty-five years. In that time he founded the UNO Writer’s Workshop BFA degree program in creative writing, and the UNO MFA in Writing Program. Duggin’s published work includes the novels The Music Box Treaty, Woman Refusing To Leave, and a collection of selected short fiction, Why Won’t You Talk To Me?, as well as numerous short stories which have appeared in such periodicals as American Literary Journal, Beloit Fiction Journal, Laurel Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Sun, Playboy, and elsewhere. His work has been cited by Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Playboy Magazine Best Fiction. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Merit Awards, and artist’s residencies at Ragdale, Yaddo, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
"Stories live inside you. The craft of fiction gives them an external life so others may experience them too. To accomplish this, we must pay attention to the smallest matters of craft with the same attention to the details of construction that any artist pays in wedding form with function. The rudiments of craft can be learned in a group setting, such as a campus classroom; but to master your craft, you are better served working one-on-one with a mentor who is a published writer and a teacher whose experience in writing you can tap into. My approach to teaching fiction is to determine where each student is in her understanding of the fundamental elements of craft, then coaching her to get to where she wants to be. It has always been my approach as a teacher to persist in reminding an apprentice that stories, poems, essays are shaped objects. They have their own existence outside of their authors. Find the right form and the subject takes on life of its own. Find the proper narrative voice—the most advantageous point of view—and the lives of the characters are brought to light, so that even their most mystical, magical incarnations become real as flesh."