Program Details Students are immersed in the process and craft of writing while gaining a comprehensive overview of the field of children’s and young adult literature. They are also given the tools to navigate the literary marketplace as preparation for publishing and promoting their work. The curriculum is developed over the course of five residencies and four semesters. Each residency focuses on one of the five elements of the craft of writing; the residencies build students’ understanding of the craft, literature, and business of writing. This work is continued and deepened over the ensuing semester as students work closely with their faculty advisors on their creative and critical writing. Below are the course titles and descriptions for the work done during the residencies and semesters. Residencies In Groundings in the Craft, Literature, and Business of Writing for Children and Young Adults, students study the fundamentals of the craft as well as the history of the picture book, the novel (middle-grade and young adult), nonfiction, poetry, graphic novel, and comics with emphasis on the particular element that forms the focus for that residency: plot, character, setting, point of view, or theme/vision. Students attend and write reflections in response to daily lectures and presentations, read and discuss common books selected by the faculty, and participate in daily two-hour workshop sessions led by faculty advisors. In addition, they explore the processes of submitting their work for publication to an agent or editor, working with an editor, promoting their creative work, living life and making a living as a writer. Third semester students give a lecture based on the material in their critical thesis; fourth semester students give a public reading from their creative thesis. Learn more about MFAC Residencies. Semesters Creative and Critical Writing: Level 1During their first semester, students are introduced to the craft and process of writing for children and/or young adults. They can choose to focus on the picture book, the novel (middle-grade or young adult), poetry, nonfiction, graphic novel, comics, or a combination. Each month students do the following: (1) they do an extensive amount of creative writing and they revise in response to detailed feedback from faculty advisors; (2) they write and revise short critical essays based on issues of craft or topics of interest that arose from their own creative work or from assigned reading; (3) they write a process essay reflecting on their recent work. Creative and Critical Writing: Level 2During their second semester, students build upon their knowledge of the craft and process of writing. They can choose to focus on the picture book, the novel (middle-grade or young adult), poetry, nonfiction, graphic novel, comics, or a combination. Each month students do the following: (1) they do an extensive amount of creative writing and they revise in response to detailed feedback from faculty advisors; (2) they write and revise a ten-page, research-based essay on issues of craft or topics of interest that arose from their own creative work or from assigned readings; (3) they write a process essay reflecting on their recent work. Critical and Creative Writing: Level 3, Critical ThesisDuring their third semester, students write and revise a critical essay of approximately twenty pages developing a topic relevant to their creative work. They continue to explore the craft and process of writing as they move forward with their creative projects or experiment with new work. They also develop a lecture based on their critical thesis to be given during the ensuing residency. Creative Writing: Level 4, Creative ThesisDuring their fourth semester, students complete a substantive project of original work that illustrates mastery of the craft in their chosen genre(s) and demonstrates their ability to establish an independent artistic process. They also prepare a public reading based on their creative thesis to be given during their final residency.