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Sandra Nickel, 2012 MFA in WCYA

Only a few months into 2021, Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnx Sandra Nickel has already received numerous accolades for her recent nonfiction picture…
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Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is the New York Times-bestselling author of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (Penguin, 2019), her middle-grade debut, and the young adult novels…
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WCYA Book Birthday Parties

We could all use a bit of celebration in our lives these days, and the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults has us…
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Lori Steel, 2012 MFA in WCYA

Writing for Children & Young Adults alumnx and literary agent Lori Steel has had a long career in all aspects of books—a career that eventually…
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News January 27, 2021

ALA Youth Media Awards Honor VCFA Writers

The American Library Association announced its 2021 award winners for "the top books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults" on…
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News January 27, 2021
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MFA in WCYA Winter 2021 Residency Events

The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program's winter residency will be held remotely January 10–19, with a fabulous lineup of livestreamed public…
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Kacen Callender

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of the middle-grade novels Hurricane Child and King and the Dragonflies, the…
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Jenn Bailey

Jenn Bailey graduated with her MFA from VCFA in January 2017 and has since refused to leave. Her debut picture book, A Friend for Henry, received the ALA Schneider…
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Vanessa Brantley Newton

Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied Fashion Illustration at The Fashion Institute of Technology and children's book illustration…
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Sheela Chari

Sheela Chari writes about missing things. She is the author of the upcoming middle grade novel Karthik Delivers and several middle grade mysteries, including The…
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