By Writers, For Writers
Our program was built entirely by writers, to guide authors organically through the exploration of their craft and thorough preparation for a sustainable life of creation and publication. No other program nurtures a writer from line and sentence to essay, story, poetry collection or novel like ours does.
Our editing semester is a uniquely practical experience in crafting work which is both thrilling and publishable. Our gifted faculty are here because they want to launch unique, individual voices within a global dialogue; to see risks taken, new moves in language braved, and students grow into professional and artistic peers.
Come lean toward our fire and tell us your stories, poems, essays. We’re listening.
How does a low-residency program work?
We’ve made this program so that people who are unable to walk away from jobs and families and service can still become masters of their craft . . . NOW.
Over four distance-learning semesters punctuated by five week-long residencies, students will focus on their chosen genre (be it fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction) while exploring new territories of artistic expression.
Faculty meet with their students one-on-one during each residency to set plans, then work with them intensively throughout the semester providing written critiques. With a student-to-mentor ratio never greater than 5:1, students receive creative, focused, individualized feedback.
Each residency is an eight-day intensive period of workshops, seminars, readings and more, in which we explore the wide landscape of the writing life from practical tricks-of-the-trade to subtleties of conceptual nuance. Residencies take place in early January and early August, with one of every five residencies (for the program as a whole) located overseas. Our August 2014 residency was in Doolin, Ireland – our January 2017 residency will be in Jamaica.
Meet Our Faculty
2016 – 2017 Visiting Professor Announced
Celebrated Young Adult novel author Ellen Hopkins will be a 2016 – 2017 Visiting Professor in the Writing for Children & Young Adult (WCYA) track! Her work includes the New York Times bestselling novels Crank, Identical and Burned, which engage with difficult teenage issues such as mental health, prostitution, and drug addiction.
Each of our faculty members is an experienced writer and an incredible teacher of their art. Here are a few:
Editing, Graphic Communication, Book Design
Kristen Radtke is a writer, editor and designer based in Brooklyn. She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books, and the film and video editor of TriQuarterly magazine.
Her graphic memoir Imagine Wanting Only This is forthcoming from Pantheon Books. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, The Daily Beast, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Huffington Post, and many other places.
Publishers Weekly named her a “future leader of the American publishing industry” in its 2015 Star Watch, and Buzzfeed Books named her design one of the most beautiful book covers of 2015. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts
After graduating from Vassar College, Lisa was hired to teach English at Colegio Evelyn Rogers, a private bilingual k-12 school in Guatemala City. After two years of teaching she returned to the states and moved to New York City, where she was hired at Scholastic as an editorial assistant in the books division.
After Scholastic, Lisa worked for Daniel Weiss Associates (now Alloy), HarperCollins, and Disney Press. At Disney, Lisa helped launch the Lizzie McGuire book series, and did both development and writing for the Disney Fairies books, among others.
Lisa’s first hardcover novel, Sixth-Grade Glimmers, Norks, and Me (Hyperion, 2005), was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Family Fun Best Books of the Year, and was nominated to several state award lists. She has written many books for middle-grade readers, including the Accidentally Fabulous series and the Confectionately Yours series, and has co-authored two books with James Patterson, Homeroom Diaries and Middle School: Big, Fat Liar (A New York Times bestseller). She has also written several books for young adults, including M or F?, The Wizard, The Witch, and Two Girls From Jersey, and the Siren’s Storm.
Her next book Apartment 1986, is slated for publication in 2016. Lisa lives in Florence, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
Faculty & Student News
MFA Student LouAnn Muhm has received a scholarship toward a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center for July, 2016.
MFA Alum Brooke King’s personal essay on war (“Dogtags”) was published in the fall of 2015 in War, Literature, and the Arts Magazine.
MFA Faculty Lisa Papademetriou will speak on the topic of "Grammar as Voice" at Michigan Reading Association's annual conference in Detroit on March 19.
MFA Alum Brooke King’s personal essay, “Redeployment Packing Checklist” was featured on KPBS’s Veteran Series, Incoming.
MFA Student LouAnn Muhm has two poems included in Volume 2, Issue 3 of Tinderbox Poetry Journal.
We want artists who will write for the rest of their lives. If you are interested in adding your voice to this transformative conversation and intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us — we look forward to meeting you.