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2022-2023 University Catalog 
  
2022-2023 University Catalog

Creative Writing, M.F.A.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MFA Creative Writing

Students will produce high quality/publishable creative work in the genres of either fiction writing, poetry, nonfiction writing, playwriting, or screenwriting.   

Students will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of literary techniques in the genre of study. 

Students will demonstrate mastery of grammatical rules and display ability to edit texts at a professional level.    

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Students will analyze and display an expertise in the literature of their genre. They will articulate clear and complex ideas on both classical and contemporary writing in their field of study. 

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Students will demonstrate an understanding of the craft elements at work in classic and contemporary literature. 

Admission

In addition to meeting the minimum standards for admission to the Graduate School, an applicant is accepted for graduate work upon the recommendation of the creative writing faculty on the basis of clearly demonstrated skills in a creative writing genre, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. All applicants must identify the genre in which they plan to specialize and submit a portfolio of their writing in the genre (two plays of any length, a feature-length film script, two short stories or a 25-page novel excerpt, ten poems, two short nonfiction pieces, or a 35-page book excerpt).

Degree Requirements


Resident option


  • Completion of at least 45 hours of Film and Theatre, and English courses.
  • Fifteen hours of 6000-level course work in creative writing workshops, at least 12 of which will be in the thesis genre area. These required course are: for fiction writing ENGL 6161 ; for poetry writing, ENGL 6163 ; for nonfiction, English 6154; and for playwriting, FTA 6200  . (Screenwriting is now under the MFA in Film & Theatre degree.)
  • Three hours in a craft seminar in their genre. These required courses are: for fiction writing, English 6945; for poetry writing, ENGL 6943 ; for nonfiction writing, English 6940; and for playwriting, ENGL 6946 . (Screenwriting is now under the MFA in Film & Theatre degree.)
  • Any additional craft courses will count as electives.
  • Three hours in ENGL 6154 - Non-Fiction Writing Workshop . For students whose genre is nonfiction writing, a workshop in a genre other than nonfiction is required in place of the three hours in ENGL 6154  required of students in the other genres.
  • Nine hours in background literature courses. Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing students will be required to take this in the literature of their genre.
  • Screenwriting and playwriting students must also take background courses in the literature of their genre, with the exception that up to six hours of this requirement may be taken in techniques courses in the Film and Theatre Arts Department.
  • A grade of B or better in all required course work.
  • Nine hours of electives. Chosen in consultation with the Director of Creative Writing, these elective hours will be expected to conform to a cohesive program of study.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 in elective courses.
  • A creative thesis for which the student may receive six hours of preparation credit. The creative writing thesis will be prepared under the supervision of a committee approved by the Graduate School. The committee will ordinarily consist of three members of the graduate faculties of the departments of Film and Theatre and English. The thesis director and at least one other member must teach in the student’s genre area.
  • A comprehensive exam in the student’s genre area that will be prepared, administered, and graded by the thesis committee. It will concern itself with the literature of the student’s genre area.
  • Students who hold master’s degrees from other UNO programs may apply for admission, but upon acceptance they must meet all requirements for the M.F.A. degree listed above. However, only 9 hours from prior master’s courses can count toward completion of the MFA, and all 15 required workshop hours must be conducted at UNO.

Financial Aid


Graduate assistantships are also available for qualified students in all Master of Fine Arts programs of study.

Online MFA


  • The Online Master of Fine Arts is a unique option within the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Online Master of Fine Arts students take all their courses through distance learning, with the option of completing some coursework at one of UNO’s summer study abroad sites. The program is a 45 hour terminal degree, with the curriculum centered on 18 hours of creative writing workshops, plus 12 hours of background courses, nine hours of electives, and six hours of thesis preparation; the required courses mirror the resident Master of Fine Arts degree.
  • Completion of at least 45 hours of Film and Theatre and English courses.
  • At least 27 hours of courses 5000 level and above must be taken online. The additional coursework may be completed in residence, through UNO Study Abroad.
  • A total of 15 hours of creative writing workshops (including those taken in residence) must be completed, at least 12 of which will be in the thesis genre area. The required online workshops are: for fiction writing ENGL 6171  or ENGL 6191 ; for poetry writing, ENGL 6173  or ENGL 6193 ; for nonfiction; ENGL 6174  or ENGL 6194 ; and for playwriting, FTA 6207  or FTA 6209 . (Screenwriting is now under the MFA in Film & Theatre degree.)
  • Three hours in nonfiction writing are required of all students. For students whose genre is nonfiction writing, a workshop in a genre other than nonfiction is required in place of the three hours of nonfiction writing required of students in the other genres.
  • Three hours in a craft seminar in their genre. These required courses are: for fiction writing, ENGL 6941 ; for poetry writing, ENGL 6943 ; for nonfiction writing, ENGL 6944 ; and for playwriting, ENGL 6946 . (Screenwriting is now under the MFA in Film & Theatre degree.)
  • Nine hours in background literature courses. Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction writing students will be required to take courses in which the literature of their respective genre comprises the majority of the assigned readings. Screenwriting and playwriting students must take background courses in the literature of their respective genre with the exception that up to six hours of this requirement may be taken in techniques courses in the Film and Theatre Arts Department.
  • A grade of B or better in all required course work.
  • Nine hours of electives. Chosen in consultation with the Director of Creative Writing, these elective hours will be expected to conform to a cohesive program of study. Any additional craft seminars beyond the one “in genre” required as outlined above will count as electives.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 in elective courses.
  • A creative thesis for which the student may receive six hours of preparation credit. The creative writing thesis will be prepared under the supervision of a committee approved by the Graduate School. This committee will ordinarily consist of three members of the graduate faculties of the departments of Film and Theatre and English. The thesis director and at least one other member of the thesis committee must teach in the student’s genre.
  • A comprehensive exam in the student’s genre area that will be prepared, administered, and graded by the thesis committee. It will concern itself with the literature of the student’s genre area.
  • Students who hold master’s degrees from other UNO programs may apply for admission, but upon acceptance they must meet all requirements for the M.F.A. degree listed above. Moreover, only 9 hours from prior master’s courses can count toward completion of the MFA, and all 15 required workshop hours must be conducted at UNO.

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