Vermont College of Fine Arts—Writing for Children & Young Adults

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1997
Location: 
Montpelier, VT
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
18-25
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2022
Application Fee: 
$75
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Katie Rasmussen, Program Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

William Alexander, Martha Brockenbrough, Loree Griffin Burns, A. R. Capetta, Sheela Chari, Melanie Crowder, Alan Cumyn, David Macinnis Gill, Louise Hawes, Corey Ann Haydu, K. A. Holt, Varian Johnson, A. S. King, Uma Krishnaswami, Jane Kurtz, Martine Leavitt, Kekla Magoon, Deborah Marcero, Cory McCarthy, Anna-Marie McLemore, Anica Mrose Rissi, An Na, Mary Quattlebaum, Sara Ryan, Alex Sanchez, Liz Garton Scanlon, Laura Shovan, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Shelley Tanaka, Linda Urban, Jasmine Warga, Fran Wilde, Emily X. R. Pan, Jennifer Ziegler

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers fellowships and merit awards.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program offers coursework in picture book, middle grade, young adult, graphic literature, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for young people.

Students attend two ten-day residencies each year, in January and July, on the VCFA campus in Montpelier, Vermont. The program offers an optional summer residency abroad in Oxford, England, dual-program options, and postgraduate semesters.  

For Summer/Fall, the priority application deadline is February 15; the final deadline is April 1. For Winter/Spring, the priority application deadline is September 15; the final deadline is October 15.

Graduates: 

Ann Angel, Sarah Aronson, Cassie Beasley, Kate Beasley, Julie Berry, Bridget Birdsall, Gwenda Bond, Pablo Cartaya, René Colato Laínez, Ally Condie, Debby Dahl Edwardson, Nancy Bo Flood, Sundee Frazier, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Linda Oatman High, Varian Johnson, Carrie Jones, Michelle Knudsen, Martine Leavitt, Kekla Magoon, Carolyn Marsden, Lauren Myracle, An Na, Jandy Nelson, Micol Ostow, Candice Ransom, Brendan Reichs, Jill Santopolo, April Pulley Sayre, Leda Schubert, Deborah Wiles, Carol Lynch Williams, Ibi Zoboi