WCYA Alumni Mini-Residency

The AMR offers an opportunity for alums to connect with editors, agents, and/or publicists – in short, influential individuals who ultimately define a writer’s career. In addition, alums can participate in workshops led by VCFA faculty members, enjoy lectures, participate in alumni readings, panel discussions, a master class led by one of the industry’s finest writers, and more.

The 10th annual Alumni Mini Residency, a four-day conference for WCYA alumni focusing on both the craft and publication, will take place from June 15-18, 2017.

Master Classes and Faculty

The AMR 2017 Master Class instructor is author/educator René Saldaña, Ph.D.

VCFA Faculty members will include:

  • Alan Cumyn - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator
  • Louise Hawes - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator
  • Julie Larios - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with Alan, Louise, and Julie for an additional fee.

View Faculty Bios

One-on-One Consultations

Alumni can choose to do 10-minute, one-on-one consultations with editors or agents, or a 30-minute session with marketing consultants. 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:

  • Carmen Oliver: The Booking Biz
  • Agent Erin Murphy: Erin Murphy Literary Agent
  • Agent Linda Camacho: Prospect Agency
  • Editor Jill Santopolo: Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Joanna Cárdenas: Editor at Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House


A Master Class, workshops, faculty lectures, alumni and faculty readings, panel discussions, one-on-one critique sessions, pitch sessions, a Friday night gala, Saturday evening auction, and plenty of casual, relaxed time to reconnect with fellow alumni. The AMR 2017 schedule will be announced on January 15.

Registration and Housing Fees

Will be available by January 15, 2017.

Please note: Children and pets are not permitted to stay in the dorms. Thanks for your understanding.


Deb Gonzales, '08 WCYA

AMR Coordinator
Email: Deb Gonzales

Sabrina Fadial

Director of Alumni Relations
Email: Sabrina.Fadial@vcfa.edu


Plan on participating in our much-anticipated auction to be held on Friday evening during the Alumni Mini-Residency. Even if you can't attend, you can still take place online! Bid on one-of-a-kind items, including manuscript critiques, swag bags, and much more. All winning bids will help support scholarships for WYCA students, recruiting efforts, programming, and a new online alumni portal.

Visit AMR Auction Site

Mini Residency Dates

  • June 15-18, 2017
  • Registration opens on February 15, 2017