While we wish we were able to bring everyone back to campus, we are excited to host the first entirely online WCYA Alumnx Mini-Residency, November 5–8, 2020.
AMR offers an opportunity for alumnx to participate in workshops led by VCFA faculty members, enjoy lectures and panel discussions, and participate in alumnx readings. In addition, alumnx can engage with editors, agents, and/or publicists—influential individuals who ultimately define a writer’s career.
And now you get to do it from the comfort and convenience of your own home, in your pajamas. No flights, no lost luggage, just the warm glow of a screen lit up by the many faces of friends and colleagues from around the world. No travel expense means a greater opportunity to participate. See? Silver linings everywhere.
Guest Editors & Literary Agents
- Joanna Cárdenas, Senior Editor at Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House
- Kelly Dyksterhouse, Agent, Raven Quill Literary
- Jess Harold, Editor at Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic
- Jennifer Laughran, Senior Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
- Lori Steel, Agent, Raven Quill Literary
- Leslie Zampetti, Agent, Dunham Literary
For those interested, the AMR offers an opportunity to participate in a 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.
Editor & Agent Critiques
Additionally, interested participants may opt for a critique from Kelly Dysksterhouse, Jess Harold, or Jennifer Laughran. Critique slots are filled on a first come first served basis, and are limited to 8 writers per editor/agent for a total of 24 available slots.
Critique submissions are 10-pages in manuscript format, plus a 1-page synopsis for your whole novel.
Manuscripts for critique and workshop are due by October 9, 2020. Please include a one-page synopsis with all submissions.
The below fees offer a few options for registration.
- Basic Registration: $150
- Includes all lectures/panels, and readings.
- Additional Registration Fees (optional)
- Faculty-led Workshop: $100
- Critique with an editor or agent: $85
Payment is due upon registration. Please contact Jericho Parms, Director of Alumnx Affairs ([email protected]) with questions about partial payments and other payment plan options.
Jim Hill, ’14 WCYA
Jericho Parms, ’12 W
Director of Alumnx Affairs