Creative Writing – Low Residency

Students Earn Accolades

In the last two years alone, current CWW students and recent alums have garnered a whopping 18 Pushcart Prize nominations.  One of the most prestigious award series in America, The Pushcart Prizes recognize the best stories published in literary magazines each year.

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The Creative Writing Workshop — Low Residency (CWL) is our non-resident graduate program in fiction writing, nonfiction writing, poetry writing, playwriting and screenwriting, which culminates in the MFA degree.

About Creative Writing Low Residency MFA

How It Works

UNO's innovative Low Residency Program combines distance learning with study abroad. During the fall and spring semesters, students participate in online workshops and literature classes. Every summer, writers attend a month-long Summer Residency in Europe. Recently, we have been to Cork, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Ezra Pound's Brunnenburg Castle in Italy.

How It's Different

Unlike other Low Residency programs in which students are paired with a single faculty member for the duration of their studies, UNO's Low Residency program is organized into standard semesters, providing the benefit of exposure to a variety of authors in each genre over the course of a writer's curriculum as well as rigorous interaction with peers. Strong, often life-long writing relationships result from this approach, so that students leave the program with a writing community to support their growth after graduation. These relationships are particularly fortified by the Summer Residency.

The Summer Residency

Every summer, the program goes abroad for a month, where students have the opportunity to interact face-to-face with their classmates as well as with a diverse group of renowned writers. This intense interaction with the work of fellow writers makes for a strong writing community while studying abroad as well as back at home.



The Fall / Summer Application Deadline is March 15.

The Spring Application Deadline is October 1.