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VCFA MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults

I’m on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Master of Fine Arts Program in Writing for Children & Young Adults (abbreviated as the VCFA MFA in WCYA). It is a full-time, low-residency program as a historical campus on a hill overlooking Montpelier, the capitol of Vermont and quintessential New England town. While I may be biased, it is the pre-eminent MFA program for writing for children and young adults in the county. Below is the material from the VCFA website, along with a few photos of the campus, the classes, and the area.

“The first MFA program in the country to focus exclusively on writing for young readers, the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults was founded in 1997 and quickly attracted the attention of accomplished writers and publishers around the country. Students convene twice a year on our beautiful campus in the heart of historic Montpelier, Vermont for intensive ten-day residencies. Akin to a ten-day retreat for writers, each residency offer workshops, lectures, and panel discussions, as well as readings by award-winning faculty, graduating students, and visiting writers.

A hallmark of the program is its diverse and dynamic community of writers who form lasting relationships during their two years in the program and continue to challenge, encourage, and inspire each other long past graduation. After the vibrant exchange of ideas that takes place during residencies, students embark on the work of the semester, self-designed courses of study crafted with faculty guidance to address specific writing goals, interests, and passions. Throughout the semester students maintain a continual correspondence with faculty mentors via letters, email, and telephone conferences.Our one-on-one mentorship model means students take an active role in shaping their own education, while participating in a sustained dialogue with experienced writers of international reputation. Students are encouraged to study across the scope of writing for young readers, to take risks in their work.  A semester’s study may focus on a particular area such as picture book, middle grade, or young adult and include in-depth reading and critical writing of the wider field, including poetry and nonfiction.The flexibility of our model allows students to follow their particular interests and passions while developing lifelong artistic practices, all the while learning from the success of their VCFA colleagues; faculty and alumni from the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults are New York Times bestselling authors, National Book Award Finalists, and Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners.”

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VCFA’s Location

Located in scenic Montpelier, VT

136 College St. Montpelier, VT 05602 | 866-934-VCFA | Website:

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