Jun 1, 2008, 2:23 PM
Re: [sarahz] University of Nebraska
New to this site, and have been browsing about. Ran into this topic which is close to my heart. Hope I don't duplicate any previous comments, but saw sarahz's post re University of Nebraska. I'm a grad of their first class and have to admit to entering into it with great trepidation. Was out of school for a very long time and didn't know whether I had the heart and discipline for this type of program. Looking back on those two years now, if I had the opportunity to do it all again I'd do it in a minute. Admittedly, I missed the day-to-day camaraderie, but that only added to the joy of each residency. Some of the things I felt that made UN MFA extraordinary were 1) faculty members who gave above and beyond what they signed on for; 2) our location at the Lied Conference Center, which is now fondly known by MFA members as Camp Lied; 3) joining up with "family." Worked my tail off, learned stuff I never knew was out there, and left believing I was a writer.
I've been looking at low-res programs for quite a while. I don't know when my circumstances will allow me to commit to study at the graduate level, but I hope it's soon. Meanwhile I've been looking at this forum and I'm compelled to mention that I keep returning to one. The University of Nebraska appears to have a stellar program. It's small, which means that I won't get lost in a crowd. Plus, the staff is so responsive to my questions, especially Jenna Lucas. She's the Administrative Director, but I swear it's like talking to a fellow writer who gives a dang about my work. Anyway, for what it's worth, I would recommend checking out this program. www.unomaha.edu/unmfaw
"Writing is no trouble; you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself--it is the occurring which is difficult." Stephen Leacock
(This post was edited by Wesleyan on Jun 1, 2008, 2:27 PM)