The Alumnx Mini-Residency (AMR) is a long weekend back where it all began with some of your favorite people. As if that wasn’t enough, there are faculty craft lectures, workshops (if you want them), critique opportunities, panels with top editors and agents, and professional practice workshops to guide you toward the sweet spot of your writing life.

Join us November 3–6, 2022, to reconnect with old classmates, meet new kidlit friends, and thrive in the unique community bond that VCFA creates. Wherever you are in your writing journey, you’ll find something here for you—looking for a new crit group? Start here. Are you looking for a mentor? Do you want to be a mentor? No matter your graduation date, you’re part of the continuum of kidlit writers able to help someone else with your experience or benefit from the advice from someone who’s already where you want to be.

Registration opens July 18, 2022.


Guest Author

Guest Editors & Literary Agents

Workshop Opportunities

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 participating agents and editors. 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.


  • Basic Registration: $350
  • Room & Board: $280
  • Workshop: $100
  • Agent/Editor Critique: $85

Payment is due upon registration. Please contact Jericho Parms, Vice President for Institutional Advancement ([email protected]), with questions about partial payments and other payment plan options.


Jim Hill, ’14 WCYA
AMR Director
[email protected]

Jericho Parms, ’12 W
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
[email protected]