Alumni Mini-Residency

The annual MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Alumni/ae Mini-Residency (AMR) combines elements of an alumni reunion, professional networking event, and a shortened version of the traditional VCFA residency. The residency is held on the Montpelier campus each July. 

The AMR offers an opportunity for writers to meet face-to-face with a professional editor, agent or publicist. Participants learn about the business end of writing from established editors and agents in the writing for young readers field. Writers jumpstart their writing in a familiar and supportive environment.

AMR Wins 2013 CASE Bronze Excellence Award

Master Classes

These classes are lead by award-winning authors. For summer 2014, the master class faculty will be author Nikki Grimes

The New York Times bestselling author is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include a Coretta Scott King Award this January for Words with Wings, American Library Association Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

One-on-One Consultations

Students can choose to do 10-minute, one-on-one consultations with editors or agents, or a 30-minute session with book publicists. This exciting new format gives more personalized attention and a wider range of options no matter where a writer is in their writing career.

This year's consultants include:

  • Agent John Cusick of Greenhouse Literary
  • Agent Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content
  • Agent Alexandra Penfold of Upstart Crow Literary
  • Editor Heather Alexander of Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Editor Jessica Echeverria with Lee & Low Book
  • Publicists Barbara Fisch and Sarah Shealy from Blue Slip Media


The AMR kicks off with a Friday night 'Welcome Home Reception'. Throughout the weekend, open discussions and readings are ongoing with fellow alumni, editors and agents. There is also an auction to support the Fund for VCFA.


  • Registration: $350.00
  • One-to-one crtique with editor or agent: $50.00
  • Consultation with publicist: $50.00


AMR has arranged a special room rate at Capitol Plaza from Friday night through Sunday, starting at $118/night. Limited rooms are available so book early or room with a friend.


Deb Gonzales, '08 WCYA

AMR Coordinator 
Email Deb Gonzales

Kelley Bordeleau Lamb

Director of Development & Alumni Affairs
Email Kelley Lamb

Mini Residency Dates

  • July 11-13, 2014

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Faculty & Guests

Faculty/Guest Bios & Session Info

"There’s no greater pleasure than in coming home."

-Ginger Johnson, AMR participant 2013