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Welcome New MFAC Faculty

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The CWP is very pleased to announce the addition of two new writers to the faculty in our low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program: Nina LaCour and Laurel Snyder. Both are accomplished writers who share a passion for teaching and strong enthusiasm for the kind of teaching and learning that occurs in our MFAC program. Together they bring an impressive range in their areas of specialization—picture book, early reader, middle grade and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and in what they will offer to our students. Their work in fiction includes realistic contemporary, historical, and fantasy/magic. Their books explore a wide and exciting range of subject matter, including gay and lesbian teenagers, interfaith families, and Jewish culture. Adding these two writers to our stellar faculty deepens and expands the wealth of resources we are providing to our students. 

Nina LaCour is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold StillThe Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. Her most recent novel, You Know Me Well, written in collaboration with David Levithan, was published in June 2016 by St. Martin's Griffin.  She is the co-founder of Write Teen, a series of YA writing classes. Her novels have earned selections by the Junior Library Guild, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books and have appeared on many other state and regional lists. They have also earned a Northern California Book Award and a William C. Morris Honor award.  Nina was featured in Publishers Weekly as a Flying Starts Author. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, photographer Kristyn Stroble, and their daughter.  ninalacour.com 

Laurel Snyder is the author of five novels for children: Bigger than a Bread Box, PennyDreadful, Any Which Wall, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess, and Seven Stories Up. She has also published seven picture books: Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna PavlovaInside the Slidy Diner;Good night, laila tov; Nosh, Schlep, Schluff; The Longest Night; Camp Wonderful Wild; and Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher. She is also the author of two collections of poetry and the editor of an anthology of nonfiction, Half/Life: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes (Soft Skull Press, 2006). Her numerous awards include Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, Golden Kite Honor, and Sydney Taylor Medal.  Her many selections and Best lists include Junior Library Guild, ILA Children’s Choices, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books, ABA’s Best Books for Young Readers, Amazon Best Book of the Month, ABC’s Best Books, Smithsonian Notable, and Georgia Center for the Book. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a former Michener-Engle Fellow, Laurel lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. laurelsnyder.com