Military-affiliated students have chosen the MFA in Writing for the flexibility and high quality of mentorship that the program provides. Students with a story to tell--be that in the form of a poem, a novel, a screenplay, or another genre--gain access to a large and diverse faculty of publishing writers and skilled teachers. Students benefit not only from the collective expertise of these mentors but also join a community of writers that will last long beyond the completion of the program.
During the ten-day residency at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, students immerse themselves in workshopping of original work; lectures on craft issues in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, young adult, playwriting, screenwriting, publishing, and more; and readings from faculty and visiting writers. During the residency, each student is paired with a mentor with whom the student devises an individualized study plan for the sixteen-week at-home seminar.