Apply — MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
We're so glad you've decided to take the next steps toward your MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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At VCFA, we see every applicant as an individual. If your desired starting semester’s application deadline has passed but you’d still like to apply, please contact Ann Cardinal to inquire about flexibility.
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Here are the steps to apply:
- Fill out the application form
- Request two (2) letters of reference (through system)
- Submit program-specific credentials & upload creative materials
- Click “Submit Your Application”
- Pay the $75 application fee
- Request official transcripts from your undergraduate college(s)
If you need any help along the way, you can contact your admissions counselor, Ann Cardinal, at [email protected].
Start your application via the button below. The application fee is $75.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate coursework should be sent directly from the institution either electronically via Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or email to [email protected], or they can be physically mailed to the address below:
Office of Admissions – MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults
Vermont College of Fine Arts
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Identify two references to provide letters of recommendation describing your qualifications for master’s level study and your aptitude for independent learning. The recommendations can be submitted directly into your Slate application. Your recommenders can also email their recommendations to us and we can upload them to your file. (You do not have to wait for the recommendations to be submitted to submit your application. However, you should contact references early in the process to avoid delays in reviewing your application.)
Note: Relatives and spouses are not eligible to provide references.
The program requires a minimum commitment of 25 hours a week of work and a willingness to accept feedback. Successful applicants usually have already spent time writing and learning about the craft. They also have a good idea of what they hope to gain from pursuing a master’s degree.
We’d love to hear about you as a writer and get a feel for your voice. Every personal statement is different, but many applicants choose to address some of the following:
- Your previous study of writing and children’s literature
- The books you’re reading and admiring
- Why you want to write for young readers
- What strengths you are most proud of
- What you most want to learn
- Your readiness to commit 25 hours a week to your study
- From 15 to 20 pages of your fiction or nonfiction for young readers; OR
- Two picture book manuscripts; OR
- One picture book manuscript and 10 pages of fiction or nonfiction.
Each manuscript should be typewritten, single-sided, double-spaced, numbered in the lower right-hand corner, and in 12-point Times New Roman font. Please do not include illustrations.
This should be 3–4 pages, double spaced. At VCFA, our critical essays are meant to help students understand a narrow aspect of literary craft more deeply through the close reading of published works. This close study helps our students improve their craft. You might select a favorite book for children and young readers and pick one thing it does particularly well to write about, citing specific examples in the text.
For more information on critical essays, visit the Critical Essay Resource Page.
Domestic applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with their admissions application. The FAFSA is required for access to federal educational loans and is used for consideration of some merit- and need-based scholarships. International applicants should schedule a meeting with the Associate Director of Student Services, Ryan Pontillas, to discuss their financial aid options.
For further information on tuition, scholarships, and financial aid, we encourage interested applicants to attend a financial aid information session.
Undergraduate Degree Requirement
Applicants to Vermont College of Fine Arts must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
In very rare cases, Vermont College of Fine Arts will accept students who have not attained a bachelor’s degree. If you would like to apply and do not have a bachelor’s degree, speak to your program’s admissions counselor to learn more.
Students who are admitted with less than a bachelor’s degree and seek financial aid should contact the Financial Aid office:
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