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My Words. My Time. My MFA.




Inaugural Class Grads, First Class Ladies

Tonie Harrington and Karen S. Kane

Residency Overview

Twice a year, students, mentors, and visiting faculty meet for ten days for Residency at the Lied Lodge & Conference Center in Nebraska City.

Residency Events
Residency Facilities at the Lied

Residency will introduce you to a variety of artistic concepts and practical writing techniques in a mixture of literary activities. Each residency is designed to inspire your continued commitment to your art and refuel your enthusiasm for the solitary writing time during the semester ahead. You will attend a combination of instructional activities and co-curricular events, including:

• lectures and craft discussions conducted by faculty and guest writers
• small team-taught workshops
• readings of original work by faculty, guest writers, and graduating students
• individual conferences with faculty mentors

Activities will be scheduled from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Although you do not need to attend every activity, workshops are mandatory, and you are required to attend a minimum number of lectures. You are encouraged to choose from all the lecture offerings, not just those in your genre. You are not required to buy books in order to prepare for residency. In addition, during the first days, there will be Orientations, Blackboard (an online communication system) training, and Mentor interviews.  For more information, visit our Residency Events link.

You will complete written evaluations of lectures, workshops, and co-curricular events. All required paperwork at residency may be handwritten, but the forms are also available for electronic completion. If you choose to bring a laptop and would like to use it to access free internet service, it must have ethernet or wireless capability. Also, the Lied Lodge & Conference Center offers shared computers with internet access and a printer for public use on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information about the Lied, visit our Lied Facilities link.

Graduating Residency Session

Your fifth residency period, capping the fourth semester in which your creative thesis is successfully completed, is the Graduating Residency which not only celebrates your successful completion of the requirements for the MFA degree but also provides other students in the program with the opportunity to hear you present a craft lecture and a public reading from your thesis. On our final evening together, we hold a special Graduation Celebration ceremony, honoring the Graduating Class as a whole and each Graduate individually. There is an additional Residency Fee for Graduating Students; however, you will be charged no tuition for the fifth residency session.

Upcoming Residency Arrival and Departure Dates:

July 15-24, 2016
December 28, 2016-January 6, 2017
July 14-23, 2017