MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

Nova Ren Suma / Faculty

Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the YA novel The Walls Around Us, which was a finalist for an Edgar Award, and was named the #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick for Spring 2015, an ALA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults title, and a Best Book of 2015 by The Boston Globe, NPR, School Library Journal, the Chicago Public Library, and The Horn Book.

She also wrote the YA novels Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and the middle-grade novel Dani Noir. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Arizona State University’s Your Novel Year certificate program, the Djerassi Program, the Highlights Foundation, the Writing Barn, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and is at work on a new YA novel coming from Algonquin Young Readers. For more information, visit