Residency Visiting Writers & Faculty Each residency we bring in a few special guests authors, editors and publishers. Visit the Residency Archives for full list of guests from previous residencies. July 2016 Special Guests Include: Shannon Hale - Graduation speaker Jennifer Laughran - An agent from Andrea Brown LiteraryLisa Von Drasek - Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collection (Kerlan)Debbie Kovacs - SVP, Editorial Director at Walden Media (returning guest) July 2016 RETURNING FACULTY: Swati Avasthi, Coe Booth , Marsha Chall, Ron Koertge, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Marsha Qualey, Phyllis Root, Laura Ruby, Gary D. Schmidt, Sherrie Smith, Anne Ursu, Gene Luen Yang. [visit the MFAC Faculty page for bios] FROM THE ARCHIVES: Special Guest, Tim Federle In July 2015, Tim Federle delivered a wonderful graduation address we are still buzzing about. Click video below to watch Tim talk about "Making It Up as You Go Along."