VCFA Young Writers Network

Founded by alumni of VCFA’s Writing for Children & Young Adults Program, the VCFA Young Writers Network connects the college’s passionate—and growing—alumni community to the children least likely to meet and learn from professional authors. 

The VCFA Young Writers Mission

We’re helping to raise a diverse next generation of writers by creating a mentoring network that inspires young writers to:

  • Discover their voices
  • Develop their craft
  • Explore future careers in writing

Excellent Writing Instruction for Underserved Kids

We work with existing nonprofits in communities where VCFA authors live, connecting our talented authors with youth populations that are underserved by existing creative writing resources and underrepresented in children's literature as a whole.

We are currently focused in the northern New England states—Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts—where we offer intensive school- and community-based residencies in collaboration with our nonprofit partners. These programs (available for grades K-12) offer children an opportunity to explore their own stories through engaging, authentic activities that increase their confidence, motivation, and skill as writers

Current Partners

Vermont/New Hampshire
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire
Children's Literacy Foundation
Young Writers Project

The Telling Room

826 Boston

Check Out Our Work

In 2017-18, we worked with over 650 young writers through our in-school and out-of-school programs. Check out a report on our successful third year!



We're Dreaming Big

Our goal is to use VCFA’s powerful alumni network to create broader, more equitable access to writing instruction for kids—and, over the long term, to foster a more diverse community of authors. (Read more about why children’s book diversity is so crucial.)

Our program is one of many important efforts to diversify children's literature.

In the coming years, the Young Writers Network aims to:

  • Build partnerships across New England, collaborating with nonprofits that share our mission of providing excellent programming for diverse young writers.
  • Provide engaging, in-depth creative writing programs to hundreds of children each year.
  • Support and inspire our national network of alumni authors to provide quality writing instruction to underserved children in their own regions.
  • Launch a creative writing camp for diverse teens who are serious about the craft.
  • Engage over 1,000 young writers every year with programs that inspire, build skills, and provide a network of support for aspiring writers.

Young Writers Staff & Advisors


Katie Bayerl

Programs Coordinator

Adi Rule

Stay in Touch

Join our mailing list for periodic updates on Young Writers Network events and opportunities to get involved.

Make a Gift

Your gift will help the VCFA Young Writers Network reach more children this year. (Designate your gift to the "VCFA Young Writers Network.")

To learn more about giving options, contact: Alissa Auerbach, 802.828.8555

Foundation Support

  • Ben & Jerry's Foundation
  • Lane Family Foundation
  • Esther B. Kahn Charitable Fund
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New England Foundation for the Arts
  • Paterson Family Foundation
  • Vermont Community Foundation

Major Sponsors

EML Agency

In-Kind Sponsors

Help a Diverse Writer Attend VCFA

There are more ways to support diversity in children’s lit through VCFA! You can help diverse authors attend the nation’s top MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

Support a VCFA scholarship. (Designate your gift to “WCYA scholarships.”)

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