The AMR offers an opportunity for alums to participate in workshops led by VCFA faculty members, enjoy lectures and panel discussions, and participate in alumni readings. In addition, alums can engage with editors, agents, and/or publicists—influential individuals who ultimately define a writer’s career.
Guest Editors & Literary Agents
- Sarah Barley, Editorial Director Young Adult, Flatiron Books
- Sara Crowe, Agent, Pippin Properties
- Eric Smith, Agent, P.S. Literary Agency
- Jacqui Lipton, Agent, Storm Literary Agency
- Hilary Van Dusen, Executive Director, Candlewick Press
Master Class Instructor
For those interested, the AMR offers an opportunity to participate in workshop with one of three VCFA faculty members. Workshop sessions will offer constructive critiques, writing exercises, and prompts. To join a workshop, please prepare a 10-page submission, plus a 1-page synopsis for your whole novel. Each workshop is limited to 8 participants for a total of 24 available seats.
New in 2019! We are pleased to announce an additional professional practice workshop opportunity, “Building Great Lessons for Young Writers.” This workshop will be led by founding director of VCFA’s Young Writers Network Katie Bayerl and Erin E. Moulton, who has served as a YWN Visiting Writer and Workshop Leader.
Editor & Agent Critiques
Additionally, interested participants may opt for a critique from one of our invited editors and agents. Critique slots are filled on a first come first served basis. Critiques are limit to 8 writers per editor/agent for a total of 40 available slots.
Registration, Travel, and Housing
Registration opens April 17, 2019.
The Mini-Residency will be comprised of two-and-a-half days full of events, running from Friday morning until noon on Sunday. Alumni may plan to arrive on Thursday, November 14, and depart on the afternoon of Sunday, November 17.
Please note: Children and pets are not permitted to stay in the dorms. Thanks for your understanding.
Manuscripts for critique and workshop are due by September 15, 2019. Please include a one-page synopsis with all submissions.
The below fees offer a few options for registration.
- Basic Registration: $350
- Includes all lectures/panels, readings, professional practice workshops, and open pitch sessions.
- Room & Board: $215
- Includes three nights on campus: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (A single room fee of $55 applies). Meals are included from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch, with an optional Thursday night group dinner for an additional cost.
- Additional Registration Fees (optional)
- Faculty-led Workshop: $100
- YWN Workshop Session: $75
- Critique with an editor or agent: $85
- Thursday night group dinner: $25
A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due upon registration. Remaining balances are due by September 15, 2019.
Jim Hill, ’14 WCYA
Jericho Parms, ’12 W
Director of Alumni Affairs & Diversity Initiatives