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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 and are able to take advantage of the literary bounty of the Twin Cities

    Upcoming Residencies: 

    Jan 2020: Jan 10th-19th (new students start on Jan 9th)

    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 Malinda Lo, Francisco X. Stork Libba Bray, Pete Hautman, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Gennifer Choldenko, Cris Crutcher, Deborah Kovacs, David Small, T.A. Barron, Lois Lowry, Jane Yolen, Christopher Paul Curtis, M.T. Anderson, founding faculty member Kate DiCamillo, Nikki Grimes, Pete Hautman, Anita Silvey, Virginia Buckley, Wendy Lamb, Sarah Davies, Linda Sue Park, and more.

     Visit the Residency Archives

     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.

    The Lecture Pass

    Alumni and community members who are interested in attending all or half of the Residency lectures as well as the Public Readings can purchase a pass and attend as many or as few lectures desired. No credit is given. 

    Learn more about the Lecture Pass