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 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 and Faculty

These classes are lead by award-winning authors. For Summer 2015, the master class faculty will be author Cynthia Leitich Smith. 

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 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 Emily Mitchell of the Wernick + Platt Agency
  • Agent Nancy Gallt of the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency
  • Editor Allyn Johnson of Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon + Schuster
  • Editor Lisa Cheng of Running Press Teens


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: $495.00
  • One-to-one crtique with editor or agent: $50.00
  • Consultation with publicist: $50.00
  • Workshop with faculty: $25.00 


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

Kelley Bordeleau Lamb

Director of Development & Alumni Affairs
Email Kelley Lamb

Mini Residency Dates

  • June 19-21, 2015
  • Registration open on January 26, 2015

Faculty & Guests

Faculty/Guest Bios & Session Info

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

-Ginger Johnson, AMR participant 2013