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 9th annual Alumni Mini Residency, a four-day conference for WCYA alumni focusing on both the craft and publication, will take place from June 16-19, 2016.

Master Classes and Faculty

The AMR 2016 Master Class instructor is the award-winning author, Francisco X. Stork.

VCFA Faculty members will include:

  • Leda Schubert - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator
  • Kekla Magoon - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator
  • Amanda Jenkins - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with Leda, Kekla, and Amanda for an additional fee of $30 per person. (Register for these sessions quickly. Spaces are limited.)

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:

  • Steve Palmquist & Vicki Palmquist: Winding Oak Marketing & Design Firm
  • Agent Sarah Davies: The Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Agent Karen Grenick: Red Fox Literary Agency
  • Editor Katherine Jacobs: Senior Editor at Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers
  • Cheryl Klein: Executive Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.


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 2016 schedule will be announced on January 15.


  • Track I Registration Fee (after May 2): $500.00
  • One-to-one critiques with editor or agent (Sold Out): $50.00
  • Consultation with publicist (Sold Out): $100.00
  • Workshop with faculty (Sold Out): $30.00
  • Track II Registration Fee (after May 2): $300.00


  • Track I (Wed-Sun; Monday morning checkout time is 10:00): $200
  • Track II (Thu-Sun; Monday morning checkout time is 10:00): $160

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

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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.

Alumni Mini-Residency Auction

Mini Residency Dates

  • June 16-19, 2016
  • Registration opens on February 12, 2016

2016 Schedule of Events

Additional Session Info