Michael Svoboda has taught courses in TV and Feature writing for UNL, other organizations, and privately. He is currently the Director of the Writing Track for the Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab.
After getting his bachelor's degree at UNL in 1998, Svoboda moved to Portland, Oregon, to pursue writing. There, he wrote for the satirical newspaper The Portland Mercury for 3 years. But writing for film and television was calling his name, so Svoboda moved to Los Angeles to try his hand at it. He worked various positions on TV shows until he landed a writer’s assistant gig on The Walking Dead. A few years later, he got his first TV script on the Netflix dramedy, Club de Cuervos. Svoboda was staffed the following year on the EPIX dramedy Graves. Svoboda has also made many short films, which have made their way through the film festival circuit.
Svoboda began his teaching journey in 2018 with a one-credit hour pop up class at UNL on TV Writing. The next year he started working with Lena Waithe's Hillman Grad Initiative, since then he has mentored over 100 people, teaching them basic and advanced techniques in writing TV pilots. This year Svoboda was named director of the writing track for the newly formed Hillman Grad Mentorship Lab.
Currently, Svoboda is writing his first novel and pitching a sci-fi show. He has three one-hour TV scripts his representation is currently shopping to executives. In his spare time, Svoboda is a voracious reader, loves to bake gluten-free treats, and enjoys quality time with his partner and their many canine nieces and nephews. He is based in Los Angeles, but always thinks of Lincoln, Nebraska, as his second home.