Occasionally, a writer without an MFA who has an extensive writing background or an MA in English or Literature might also be considered. Writers may work in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, and translation.

This semester is ideal for writers who want assistance in launching a new writing project or feel stalled in their current one; have a degree in one genre and want to pursue another in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, or translation; are close to completing a prose or poetry project and need help completing it; or would like to spend a semester of intense study with a particular member of the VCFA faculty.


Postgraduate students may use this opportunity to work closely with a particular faculty member or to focus on a specific writing project, a manuscript, or particular elements of the craft. Because a postgraduate student is not enrolled in the degree program and therefore not required to meet the usual degree requirements, the semester works entirely around each student’s own interests and goals.

Optional Residency

VCFA graduates may choose to do the semester only and not attend the residency. Writers who are not graduates of our programs are required to attend the residency period at the beginning of the semester, an intensive time of workshops, lectures, readings, panel discussions, and many other stimulating offerings. During the residency a writer chooses an advisor–a postgraduate student generally receives his or her first choice for an advisor–and completes a preliminary study plan outlining the semester’s work.

Semester Work

The student and advisor design the semester work schedule, and work typically takes place via mail and email with a mid-semester phone conference. Both student and advisor complete evaluations at the midpoint and end of the semester. Flexibility is key to making the most of this period of intensive work.


A student receives 12 credits upon successful completion of the term.

Tuition and Fees

  • Semester tuition (6 months): $6,813.00
  • Optional residency: $933.00
  • Room and board (per residency): $877.00

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Please contact the Admissions Office to confirm information.





Admissions Deadlines

  • Summer 2022: April 25, 2022
  • Winter 2023: November 26, 2022


“The postgraduate semester I did at VCFA was a godsend. When you’re in the program, your writing is the subject of constant passionate attention by very esteemed minds but then after graduation you’re cast free and it’s just you and the work alone in a room. This creative solitude can be revelatory and challenging both… Being immersed again in the intimate inspiring mentor/mentee relationship was invaluable for my work and a total joy for me personally.”

Jandy Nelson | 2008 MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults



FJ Talley
Associate Director of Admissions
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Writing for Children & Young Adults
Angela Franklin
Associate Director of Admissions
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