WCYA Alumni Mini-Residency

The AMR offers an opportunity for alums to connect with editors, agents, and/or publicists—in short, influential individuals who ultimately define a writer’s career. In addition, alums can participate in workshops led by VCFA faculty members, enjoy lectures, participate in alumni readings, panel discussions, a master class led by one of the industry’s finest writers, and more.

The 10th annual Alumni Mini Residency, a four-day conference for WCYA alumni focusing on both the craft and publication, will take place from June 15-18, 2017.

Master Classes and Faculty

The AMR 2017 Master Class instructor is author/educator René Saldaña, Ph.D.

VCFA Faculty members will include:

  • Alan Cumyn - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator
  • Louise Hawes - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator
  • Julie Larios - Lecturer & Workshop Facilitator

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in workshops with Alan, Louise, and Julie for an additional fee.

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One-on-One Consultations

Alumni can choose to do 10-minute, one-on-one consultations with editors or agents, or a 30-minute session with marketing consultants. This exciting new format gives more personalized attention and a wider range of options no matter where a writer is in their writing career.

This year's consultants include:

  • Carmen Oliver: The Booking Biz
  • Agent Erin Murphy: Erin Murphy Literary Agent
  • Agent Linda Camacho: Prospect Agency
  • Editor Jill Santopolo: Editorial Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Joanna Cárdenas: Editor at Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Agent Miriam Altshuler: DeFiore and Company


A Master Class, workshops, faculty lectures, alumni and faculty readings, panel discussions, one-on-one critique sessions, pitch sessions, a Friday night gala, Saturday evening auction, and plenty of casual, relaxed time to reconnect with fellow alumni.

Registration and Housing 

Registration has now closed.
Please note: Children and pets are not permitted to stay in the dorms. Thanks for your understanding.


Deb Gonzales, '08 WCYA

AMR Coordinator
Email: Deb Gonzales

Ann Cardinal, '07 W

Alumni Relations Coordinator
Email: [email protected]


Plan on participating in our much-anticipated auction to be held on Friday evening during the Alumni Mini-Residency. Even if you can't attend, you can still take place online! Bid on one-of-a-kind items, including manuscript critiques, swag bags, and much more. All winning bids will help support scholarships for WYCA students, recruiting efforts, programming, and a new online alumni portal.

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Mini Residency Dates

  • June 15-18, 2017
  • Registration closes on June 2, 2017

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