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    The Residency

    Gather with other kidlit-minded writers.

    Each January and July, you’ll meet fellow students in the Twin Cities for 11 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, along with guest editors and publishers.

    You’ll join a community of learners who offer direction, camaraderie, and support to each other throughout the program and after. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the literary bounty of the Twin Cities.

  • About the Residencies

    Residency schedule

    After welcoming new and returning students to campus, days begin with small group workshopping 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, students, graduates, and graduate assistants occur during the day and evening.

    Residency dates

    • July 9th-19th 2020 

    For current students

    Orientation and arrival

    New students attend an orientation on the Thursday before the official Friday start of the residency. At orientation, you’ll receive a comprehensive overview of the MFAC program. Hear from faculty, staff and current students about what to expect from the experience. Orientation also includes a campus tour and introduction to student services, including the library and Information Technology Services. Check your Hamline email for more information.

    Arriving to campus

    Hamline University is approximately 20 minutes by car from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. For those using public transportation, we recommend using Metro Transit’s Trip Planner to plan your route.


    Permits are not required. Free parking is available in Hamline lots.

    Housing and dining

    Students may stay on Hamline’s Saint Paul campus during the July residency. The Hamline student apartment rate is $65/night, which includes breakfast each morning and a linen packet (sheets, towels, washcloth). January housing is at a nearby hotel.

    Hamline student apartments

    Air-conditioned, apartment-style housing. Students will have their own bedroom with a shared bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Each bedroom has one single bed, dresser, desk, and closet. There will be up to four adults of the same gender housed in each apartment. Laundry facilities are located on each floor just outside the apartment. Kitchens are a part of the unit, but plates, silverware, pots/pans, etc. are not provided. Microwaves are not included in the unit. Other residents in the building during your stay will include graduate and upper-class undergraduate students. The building has 24-hour security card access. More apartment details.

    We should have enough housing to offer all students who want it; however, we will accept requests on a first come, first serve basis. Guests of students that need housing will be accommodated as space allows.


    The university’s dining services provide a variety of food choices that are affordable and convenient. The only two required meals are the opening reception and the closing banquet. You are billed for these two meals on your student account. Students who have chosen to stay on campus will receive breakfast each morning

    Meals during the residency are served in the Anderson Center Bishop’s Bistro and purchased on a day-by-day basis paid directly to the cashier at the dining hall. The Bistro offers an all-you-care-to-eat menu with a variety of food stations.

    There will be some evenings during the residency when the Anderson dining hall will be closed. You will need to find alternatives for dining on those evenings when it is closed. We will provide a list of options close to campus—both walking distance and a close drive, or via delivery.

    Alumni weekend

    Come back and enjoy a weekend of creativity and inspiration at each residency. Alumni who graduated within the past year are eligible for 15% off early bird registration. Registration will be available in the weeks leading up to the residency.

    Video stream registration

    Can’t make it to Saint Paul? $149 will get you access to the whole weekend via online video. You don’t have to watch live. All sessions will be recorded and available for 60 days.


    Scholarships may be available to cover registration costs for two alumni who may not otherwise be able to attend. Registration application coming soon.

    If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, you may make a standalone contribution or make a contribution during registration.

    Visiting writers and faculty

    Visiting writers at the July 2020 residency are New York Times bestseller Tracey Baptiste (The Jumbies); co-founder of We Need Diverse Books and author Ellen Oh (The Dragon Egg Princess, Spirit Hunters, King: A Prophecy Novel); agent Melissa Nasson from Rubin Pfeffer, Booklist book reviewer Ronny Khuri; and Deborah Kovacs, co-founder of Walden Pond Press.

    Past speakers and visiting writers have included Jason Reynolds, Shannon Hale, Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Geoff Herbach, and more.

    Program faculty includes three recent Newbery Medal winners, a Caldecott Medal winner, four National Book Award finalists, and more.

    Public lecture pass

    A public lecture pass is available to non-students who wish to participate in some or all of the lectures. Full and half passes are available. All residency readings and the graduation ceremony are open to lecture pass holders. Please read through the FAQs before registering.


    How do I register for the lecture pass?

    Contact the CWP Office at 651-523-2047 or email cwp@hamline.edu.

    How much does the lecture pass cost?

    The cost for the full pass is $500; half pass is $250.

    How many lectures can I attend during the residency?

    For a full pass, you can come to as many or as few lectures as you are able to. There are also some seminars and presentations open to you; however, only the events listed on the lecture pass schedule are open to pass holders. Half pass holders may come to any five days’ worth of events from the lecture pass schedule. All readings are free and open to the public, including lecture pass holders.

    Can I get credit for the lecture pass?

    No academic credit is offered for lecture pass attendees.

    How many times can I sign up for a lecture pass?

    You may sign up for the lecture pass as many times as you please, provided space is available. There might be some residencies for which a lecture pass will not be available.

    When should I register?

    Register as soon as you can. Space is limited and it is essential that those interested in the lecture pass sign up ahead of time. We cannot guarantee that passes will be available once the residency begins.

    How do I check in to receive my lecture pass?

    After your lecture pass registration has been processed, you will receive information regarding check-in via email. Please make sure to provide a current email address that you check often, as this will be the main method of communication.

    What if the schedule changes?

    Lecture pass holders (those already registered) should remember to check their email for schedule changes. After the first day of the residency, some times and/or locations may change. Announcements are typically made regarding schedule changes in the first few minutes of lectures or presentations. Also, feel free to check in with other students or staff regarding about schedule changes.

    How do I find the classroom?

    Most residency events take place on Hamline's campus; a map is available online. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about where events will be taking place. You will receive a schedule with locations via email closer to the residency start date.