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  • The Residency.
    MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults


      What is a Residency?

    Each January and July, faculty and students gather together for eleven days of intensive lectures, presentations, seminars, workshops, and readings devoted exclusively to writing for children and young adults. Faculty, visiting writers, and graduating students give readings, deliver lectures, and conduct seminars that examine a broad range of issues for writers in the field. Additional lectures and presentations are given by visiting writers and illustrators and by guest editors and publishers.

    The residency also begins the relationship building—between students and faculty and between and among students—that is one of the hallmarks of the program. Students form a cohesive community of learners who offer direction, camaraderie, and support to each other throughout the program and after.

    Upcoming Residencies: 

    SUMMER: JULY 11 - 20, 2014  (New students start July 10)
    WINTER:  JANUARY  9 - 18, 2015  (New students start January 8) 

      Schedule of Events Information 

     
    Residency Faculty & Guests

    Each residency, our distinguished faculty are joined by special guests. The lineup of guests typically features locally published authors as well as writers from around the country, including a guest author chosen by the graduating class to give the commencement address. Guests also come from the business side of the writing and publishing world, including agents, editors, and publishers. Guests have included Cris Crutcher, David Small, T.A. Barron, Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen, Christopher Paul Curtis, M.T. Anderson, founding faculty member Kate DiCamillo, Nikki Grimes, Pete Hautman, frequent guest Anita Silvey, Virginia Buckley, Wendy Lamb, Sarah Davies, and more.

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     Schedule Structure

    After welcoming new and returning students to campus, we maintain a basic structure for each residency. The days begin with small group work-shopping, facilitated by two faculty advisors; lunch is followed by faculty, guest, or student lectures, seminars or presentations in the afternoon. Students and faculty are welcome to have dinner together on campus or elsewhere and often use this time to catch up and meet with advisors. Special dining events, including an opening and closing reception and themed lunches and dinners, are scheduled every residency. Readings by faculty, guests, graduating students, and grad assistants occur during the day and evening.

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    Readings & Public Events

    All readings are free and open to the public, as is the graduation appreciation ceremony, which falls in the afternoon of the last Sunday of the residency. The ceremony is followed by a closing reception and farewell—a high-energy evening that might include songs, slideshows, impromptu talent sharing, hugs and tears. Graduating students are encouraged to bring family and friends (RSVP required, plus cost of dinner).