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.

2016 – 2017 Visiting Professor Announced!

Hopkins-Ellen-200x150Celebrated Young Adult novel author Ellen Hopkins will be the 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.


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.


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

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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Jess Regel Creative Writing Faculty

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Isabel Quintero Creative Writing Faculty


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Pablo Cartaya Creative Writing Faculty


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Joe McGee Creative Writing Faculty