Writing & WCYA Semester

The MFA in Writing and Writing for Children & Young Adults programs offer a postgraduate semester for writers who have completed the MFA or a PhD at any accredited college or university. Occasionally, a writer without an MFA degree but 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, and writing for children & young adults, and translation.

This semester is ideal for writers who want assistance 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, or writing for children and young adults; 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 (having already completed five residencies) may choose to do the semester only and not attend the residency. A writer who is not a graduate of our programs would be required to attend the residency period, 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. This course of study will develop more fully as the semester unfolds and advisor and student get to know one another and the student’s work better. Flexibility is key to making the most of this period of intensive work.

Semester Work

The semester work schedule is designed by the student and the advisor, and typically takes place via mail and email with a mid-semester phone conference. Both student and advisor complete evaluations at the midpoint and the end of the semester.


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.

VCFA WCYA Alumni Application Non-Alumni Application

VCFA Writing Alumni Application Non-Alumni Application

Lucy Bourgeault

Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
[email protected]

Admissions Deadlines

Summer 2019:

  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Winter 2020:

  • Application Deadline: September 15, 2019


"The post-graduate 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 '08, WCYA