Established in 2005, The NEOMFA is unlike any other program in the country. A consortium of four universities, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, The University of Akron, and Youngstown State University, the NEOMFA's unique collaborative design allows students to take advantage of an award-winning faculty of 26 members and to concentrate in the writing of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. In addition, we are among just a few programs in the country offering a playwriting concentration. The number and variety of our faculty guarantees consistent individual attention to student work during the period of this 48 credit hour degree. The range of concentrations gives students the opportunity to take classes with other writers from different backgrounds and in different genres. An annual series of readings and visiting writers in all genres supports our regular curricular offerings.
Full and partial funding opportunities are available to teach composition and creative writing, to work with our several literary journals or with the Wick Poetry Center, the CSU Poetry Center, The University of Akron Press, or the Youngstown Poetry Center. We offer a summer multi-genre class that takes a small group of selected students to Bisbee, Arizona each year for an all-expense paid week of writing and study. Required career-preparing internships offer students excellent work experiences. Students in the NEOMFA can take advantage of large, urban centers, as well as small town and rural environments. Exciting events and cross-campus gatherings for students and faculty promote a sense of community across distances.
Application must be made both to the consortium as well as to the "gateway" university.
Please note that writing workshop courses are open only to students admitted to the NEOMFA program.
For more information go to the NEOMFA website.