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.

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.

Program Faculty

Louise Hawes

Louise Hawes

Faculty

Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma

Visiting Faculty

Visiting Writers

Lucy Christopher

Lucy Christopher

Visiting Writer

Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson

Visiting Writer

Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson

Visiting Writer

Events

Graduate Studies in Art & Design Education Summer Residency

Our Art Education programs offer month-long summer residencies on VCFA’s beautiful Montpelier campus, along with ongoing coursework and mentorship throughout the year. The low-residency model allows students to earn advanced degrees without leaving the communities where they live and work.

Master of Arts in Art & Design Education (MAADE) Summer Residency

Students converge on our Vermont campus for a 4-week summer residency. This offers each cohort a chance to meet, collaborate, and create the kind of community that’s so important for educators. Summer residencies include coursework, workshops, symposia, and research opportunities.

MAT for BFA Summer Residency

Students enroll and participate in their first VCFA MAT summer residency between their junior and senior years. They complete their Fieldwork/Observation cycle and Pre-Thesis work at their undergraduate school location while completing their undergraduate degree. They come back to VCFA for their second summer residency after they have earned their BA or BFA.

MAT in Art & Design Education Summer Residency

Students converge on our Vermont campus for a 4-week summer residency. This offers each cohort a chance to meet, collaborate, and create the kind of community that’s so important for educators. Summer residencies include coursework, workshops, symposia, and research opportunities.

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