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Young people are clamoring for stories that reflect their own unique feelings and experiences.

Children & Young Adults

We are seeing an unprecedented number of stories written for children and young adults that are unique, diverse, and unafraid to take risks – and students across the country are clamoring for more.

The Writing for Children and Young Adults (WCYA) track at Sierra Nevada College is:

One of the only programs of its kind on the West Coast.

The only program in the country in which every student works with an editor in their entire final semester.

Dedicated to fostering each writer’s unique voice.

Boasts a faculty of some of the most successful, cutting edge authors and professionals in children’s literature.


Children need to see themselves in books; they need to be connected to the uniqueness of their own stories. At SNC we train writers to go out into the industry upon graduation armed and ready to meet those challenges.

Cover of Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou, faculty in the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of Peanut Butter and Alien by Joe McGee, faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of Epic Fair by Aurturo Zamora, faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero, faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papademetriou, faculty in the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of My Life with the Lincolns by Gayle Brandeis, faculty in the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of Tina Cocolina Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya, faculty in the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, faculty in the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College

The MFA is a two-year degree program that consists of five weeklong residencies, in early January and early August, and four distance semesters. For the first three semesters students work with the award-winning authors on our faculty; for the final semester each student works closely with a professional editor who ushers them through the final stages of their manuscript.

Residencies are held on the stunning SNC Tahoe campus, at 6200′ above sea level in the the Sierra Nevada mountain range. In summer, the shoreline of Lake Tahoe is an easy 10 minute walk. In winter, heated sidewalks wind through tall pines. One of every five residencies is held overseas, with the 2017 winter residency in Jamaica.

There is no formula to writing compelling work for children and young adults; the program is dedicated to fostering each writer’s unique voice and craft. The WCYA track at SNC Tahoe is a safe place to challenge yourself to write without fear and from your deepest creative self. We are all writers here. We all have a voice that needs to be heard.

Learn More

Contact Sophie:

Sophie Cherry
Program Coordinator and Graduate Admissions Counselor
scherry@sierranevada.edu
775-881-7520


Writing for Children & Young Adults Faculty

Our faculty are creators and editors of award-winning, New York Times bestselling, and groundbreaking books of literary and commercial quality for children and young adults.

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Lisa Papademetriou Creative Writing Faculty


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Pablo Cartaya Creative Writing Faculty

Website: www.pablocartaya.com

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Joe McGee Creative Writing Faculty

Website: www.joemcgeeauthor.com

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Isabel Quintero Creative Writing Faculty

Website: www.laisabelquintero.com/

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Jess Regel Creative Writing Faculty


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