In the 16-credit Picture Book Intensive Semester, individuals engage with four other students in forum discussions and academic discourse in addition to one-on-one work with the advisor.
Writers eligible for the Picture Book Intensive are current MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults (WCYA) students, alumni/ae of the MFA in Writing and MFA in WCYA programs, and experienced writers who are interested in furthering their exploration of the picture book form.
The Picture Book Intensive is a 16-credit semester of independent study beginning with the Winter WCYA 10-day residency on campus. The residency includes a workshop focused solely on the picture book with a faculty member workshop leader who is an expert in the picture book genre. This faculty member is the semester advisor for the term’s Picture Book Intensive students. The picture book workshop also features a nationally recognized illustrator who spends time with students during the residency.
During the semester, students will work both on critical and creative work, exchange five packets of writing with their advisor, and participate in online discussions. During the semester, students will each prepare a 10-minute presentation for the picture book panel at the following residency.
Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Apply early since openings may fill ahead of the deadline. Please send the following:
- 2-3 picture book manuscripts (please do not include illustrations), a critical essay, 2 letters of recommendation, the application form and the $75 application fee.
- Brief application essay which explains why you want to participate in the PB semester, your goals for the semester, and what experience you have in this genre.
Tuition & Fees
- Winter/ Spring 2016: $10,264.00
- Tuition fees are subject to change; contact admissions for current information.
Director of Student & Alumni Recruitment
- MFA in WCYA Summer 2015: July 8-19, 2015
- MFA in WCYA Winter 2016: January 10-21, 2016
Priority application deadline, Winter Winter 2016: September 15, 2015
“The picture book semester has an energy all its own. The intense interactions on the class forum serve to inform and enrich the creative and critical work, so that the semester is remarkably more than the sum of its parts. Students not only produce far more work than they would otherwise, but they leapfrog ahead in terms of their own learning. I'd like to bottle the magic of the picture book semester and sprinkle a little over all my instruction. I also think that all writers, regardless of whether they intend to write a picture book or not, can learn from the study of this compact and often elusive story container.”
-Uma Krishnaswami, Faculty Chair