Dec 22, 2013, 12:35 PM
Post #29 of 30
Hi,I am currently an MFA student at Hollins University for Children's Literature. When I first started my journey, about three years ago, the only degrees in Children's Lit. came out of library science. Which is great! But I wanted to write children's books and teach adults about them.
Re: [zestybean] MFA/Writing for Children
I looked into Simmons but they weren't going offer me very much financial aid. Not to mention, cold. I'm from Hawaii so Boston freaked me out.
I looked into a few programs and even the class titles sounded boring.
I then found Hollins.
1. Margret Wise Brown who wrote Goodnight Moon was an alumni.
2. Hollins, while a summer only low residency program, is NOW OFFERING AN M.F.A. IN CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING.
"M.F.A. students will be required to take four 500-level art courses of 6 credits each, an independent study in art based on the student’s specific focus, six 500-level English courses of 4 credits each, plus 8 thesis credits for a total of 60 credits to obtain the degree. The English courses will be a combination of writing and critical study of children’s literature and children’s book illustration. All students in their final semester will receive a review of their portfolio and personal feedback from an art director in a major New York publishing house."
All of my professors not only know what they are talking about as writers BUT REGULARLY PUBLISH CHILDREN'S BOOKS AS WELL AS ACADEMIC ARTICLES.
Have I mentioned we have a Spokescat?
Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson, the co-department head for the book writing and illustration program.
The program is well worth the money.
"Tuition for the 2014 summer term is $775 per credit hour. Student loans and scholarships are available. Applicants should indicate their financial need on the application for admission.
A nonrefundable deposit of $400 is due from new students. This deposit will be credited to the student’s account and reflected on the summer term billing.
A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due from returning students by May 15. This deposit indicates the student’s intent to enroll for the coming term and will be credited to his or her account."
After being in the program I will say that I have been pushed to write more, given valuable advice and seen WONDERFUL writers as a part of the program. The year I came, 2011, Bruce Coville (My Teacher is an Alien, Jeramy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher) came to speak with us and preformed a few stories.
Amanda Cockrell, the department head, is a wonderful resource. Not only does she often teach a full load of classes, she does one on ones with each of us through out the semester, making sure we're on track. Practically every week she's emailing us news from publishers telling us about contests, calls for papers, and internships.
Hollins has a been a great experience! Better than I could have ever asked for!