- MFA in Writing
TONYA KUPER earned a BA in Elementary Education from Knox College, a MS in Reading Education from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and has interned remotely for a literary agency servicing the traditional publishing industry. She is the author of Anomoly (2014) and Enigma (2017), a young adult science fiction duology, published by Entangled Teen/Macmillan. ANOMALY has sold over 17,000 copies worldwide. Tonya is an adjunct instructor at the University of Nebraska Omaha, teaching Writing Young Adult Fiction Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
“I educate writing students about the realities of traditional publishing, especially in young adult literature, and help them hone their craft through a practical approach. I use current fiction titles as examples for elements, craft, and philosophy. Through workshopping and conversation, I encourage students to stretch themselves creatively and find their own voice. Through sharing my experiences in and passion for (young adult) fiction, I hope to inspire others.”