If you are considering an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, there is a new option opening up. The Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing will be offering coursework in writing for children and young adults as part of their Popular Fiction Focus. What is unique about this program is that it is fully integrated into the larger program. As a writer, you would be part of the Popular Fiction group, which means not only would you have access to faculty who specialize in writing for youth, but also top writers in several genres including fantasy, science fiction, and romance. This approach recognizes both the commonalities we share with writers for adults while honoring the differences. At the two residencies each year, you will be interacting with students and faculty from all of the focus areas — Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction.

I am especially honored to be the first faculty member who works specifically on writing for children and young adults, though when you look at the impressive faculty list you will see others who write across ages including Nancy Holder. Who has written a number of Buffy tie-ins and who has Buffy: The Making of a Slayer coming out this December. Must remember not to get all fan-girly when I meet her. Anyhow, I am quite excited to be joining this stellar faculty.

The Stonecoast MFA was recently recognized by Poets and Writers as one of the top ten low residency programs. The residency is held on the beautiful coast of Maine, a truly inspirational setting, with the option of studying in Ireland as well. (Sidenote: I once did an awesome summer program at University College Galway through the University of Arkansas: such an awesome place to write).

The official announcement of the courses in writing for children and young adults will be at the residency in January, but we are starting to get the word out now because the next application deadline is February 1st. Please see the website for all of the details: http://usm.maine.edu/stonecoastmfa

I hope to be writing with you soon!

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