MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

The first MFA program in the country to focus exclusively on writing for young readers, the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults was founded in 1997 and quickly attracted the attention of accomplished writers and publishers around the country.

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Students convene twice a year on our beautiful campus in the heart of historic Montpelier, Vermont for intensive ten-day residencies. Akin to a ten-day retreat for writers, each residency offer workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, as well as readings by award-winning faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers. A hallmark of the program is its diverse and dynamic community of writers who form lasting relationships during their two years in the program and continue to challenge, encourage, and inspire each other long past graduation. 

After the vibrant exchange of ideas that takes place during residencies, students embark on the work of the semester, self-designed courses of study crafted with faculty guidance to address specific writing goals, interests, and passions. Throughout the semester students maintain a continual correspondence with faculty mentors via letters, email, and telephone conferences. Our one-on-one mentorship model means students take an active role in shaping their own education, while participating in a sustained dialogue with experienced writers of international reputation. 

Students are encouraged to study across the scope of writing for young readers, to take risks in their work.  A semester’s study may focus on a particular area such as picture book, middle grade, or young adult and include in-depth reading and critical writing of the wider field, including poetry and nonfiction. The flexibility of our model allows students to follow their particular interests and passions while developing lifelong artistic practices, all the while learning from the success of their VCFA colleagues; faculty and alumni from the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults are New York Times bestselling authors, National Book Award Finalists, and Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners. 

 

News

The Launchpad WCYA Author Blog Has Launched

The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program, the Office of Alumni Affairs and the...

Two WCYA Writers on the New York Public Library's List: Children’s Books - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

Two Writing for Children & Young Adults writers are listed in the recently released New York...

Kathi Appelt, Faculty, MFA in WCYA, Finalist for National Book Award

The National Book Foundation announced today the 2013 Young People’s Literature finalists for...

Teen Bloggers at Amnesty International Interview Teen Writer and Faculty Member Rita Williams-Garcia

This past August teen bloggers and reporters took over at...

Made of Shade: Sundee Frazier, '04 WCYA, on JET's Book List for Young Readers

JET, the number one African-American newsweekly with more than 7 million readers, has included...

Events

Film Screening: "Computer Chess" / MFA in Film

Director Andrew Bujalski screens and discusses his film, "Computer Chess." The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Preview: Director Debra Granik / MFA in Film

Director Debra Granik previews and discusses her new work. The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Film Screening: "Winter's Bone" / MFA in Film

Director Debra Granik screens and discusses her four-time Academy Award nominee, "Winter's Bone". The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Special Program: Perspectives on Films / MFA in Film

Former owner of the Savoy Theater Rick Winston and local English teachers present and discuss Stanley Kubric's "Paths of Glory". The MFA in Film spring residency presents award-winning directors offering screenings and a post-screening discussion. The events are free and open to the public. http://www.vcfa.edu/film-events

Spotlights

Political Divisions in America Inspire Former Corporal to Write Trilogy for Young Adults

Trent Reedy, a 2008 graduate of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, recently...

Faculty Member Elizabeth Partridge Discusses Latest Book about Dorothea Lange

In an interview by alumna Linda Washington, '12 WCYA, author Elizabeth Partridge described the...

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