The Children’s Literature Fellows, a one-year, graduate-level certificate program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, is now accepting applications for 2017.
Now in its fourth year, this year-long course of instruction – accomplished mostly in distance learning format - was developed to offer aspiring children’s and young adult authors a more affordable and flexible option than matriculation in a two- or three-year MFA program.
Because not all writers who want to complete projects have the time or the funds to complete a full degree program, the Children’s Literature Fellows do their work within a framework tailored to their needs. The program bears 16 graduate level credits, and is customized, affordable, comprehensive, and professionally useful.
Twelve Fellows are accepted into the program per year. The Fellows work independently on a one-to-one basis with accomplished faculty mentors – all of whom are award-winning, best-selling authors writing in the same genre as their mentee - in a highly individualized curriculum that is primarily accomplished from home. Twice a year, the Fellows come together as a cohort: once in July, during the annual Southampton Arts Writers Conference, and a second time in January for a special Publishing and Editing Conference, during which they have the chance to meet with editors, agents and other members of the publishing industry.
During their year, each Fellow completes either one publishable YA or middle grade manuscript, or, for chapter and picture book writers, three to four separate manuscripts.
Many alumni of the program have achieved notable success in the aftermath of their Fellowship. 2015 Fellow Erika Lewis’s young adult novel, Game of Shadows,
is being published by Tor Books, an imprint of MacMillan, next February. Lauren Long, also a 2015 Fellow, won SCBWI's coveted Work-in-Progress award this year, and Julie Gribble, a 2013 Children’s Lit Fellow, went on to found the award-winning Kidlit TV.
Admission to the Children’s Lit Fellows program is highly selective, and the application process is now open and underway. The application deadline for 2017 is December 1, 2016.
For more information about the Stony Brook Southampton Children’s Literature Fellows program and the application process, go to http://childrenslitfellows.org
or visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/mfa
and click on Children’s Lit Fellows.