Elana K. Arnold, Swati Avasthi, Kelly Barnhill, Coe Booth, Marsha Wilson Chall, Lisa Jahn Clough, Brandy Colbert, Ron Koertge, Nina LaCour, Mary Logue, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Meg Medina, Claire Rudolf Murphy, Phyllis Root, Laura Ruby, Eliot Schrefer, Sherri L. Smith, Laurel Snyder, Anne Ursu, Gene Luen Yang
The program offers partial funding. The program offers many scholarships, including the Herman W. Block Memorial Scholarship ($5,000), the T.A. Barron Fellowship for Excellence in Fantasy Writing for an Incoming Student ($2,500), the T.A. Barron Fellowship for Excellence in Fantasy Writing for a Current Student ($5,000), the Walden Pond Press Scholarship ($2,500), the Anne Stickney Schmidt Scholarship ($1,000), the Anne Tews Schwab Award for Excellence in Critical Writing ($1,000), the Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Scholarship for Writers of Color ($5,000), the Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship ($1,000), and merit scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000.
Students attend two 11-day residencies each year, in January and July, at the Hamline University campus in Saint Paul. The program focuses on writing for children & young adults.
Students can study the following genres: Picture Book, Early Reader, Middle-Grade and Young Adult Novel (this includes realistic; historical, speculative fiction—fantasy, science fiction, hybrid; mystery), Nonfiction, Poetry and Verse Novel, Graphic Novel and Comics.
The application deadline is October 1 for the winter start and April 1 for the summer start.