I'm delighted to announce that Delia & I will be returning to Hollins University to teach again in Summer 2015
for their MA/MFA Program in Children's Literature
- and that Terri Windling
joins us there as 2015 Writer-in-Residence
Now, here's the catch: In order to study with me
, you need to be at least a second year student
. Which means you must apply now for this year's program - deadline
March 15th, 2014 ** EXTENDED NOW TO APRIL 15th!**
- so that you can begin classes this summer. (Terri & Delia will be available to everyone in 2015. This is just for people who want to take my Advanced Seminar. And there's nothing to stop you from applying now
Now, don't get your knickers in a twist. You probably are "good enough." The program encourages all levels of students. Seriously. And there is Financial Aid. It's a 6-week summer semester, a chance to find out just what you're capable of; and during the year, you can acquire credits through on-line courses.
If you wait to start classes in 2015, you'll get to take Delia Sherman's amazing "Introduction to Fantasy Writing" class, aka
"How to read (and think) like a writer!" I didn't think such writing could be taught . . . until I inherited some of her students last year, in my Writing Seminar, and saw how far they'd come since studying with her.
Delia works with Fairy Tale, MG fiction, and with the inside of your head and the outside of your pages.
As 2015 Writer-in-Residence, Terri Windling
will be lecturing, meeting individually with students to read mss. and give feedback . . . and, of course, hanging out in the Writers' Livingroom
(which I founded back in 2011) for the first 2 weeks of this 6-week semester.
I will be teaching a 4-6 person Advanced Seminar again in 2015: Essentially, a 6-week workshop on how to get your thesis - i.e. your novel - to move forward and keep going. I work hard to create a supportive atmosphere, with an emphasis students helping each other, not "critiquing" to show off. Both Delia & I keep office hours, and really enjoy meeting one-on-one outside of class.
You also get to take academic classes with the likes of the truly amazing Karen Coats, Brian Attebery, and more - in fact, if you want an M.A. instead of an M.F.A., your primary classes will be with them. But you still do some Creative Writing for your degree - and if you're an MFA, you still get to take some Academic classes.
And this year, for the first time, Hollins is offering a combined MFA in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating
! Artist faculty Ruth Sanderson, Ashley Wolff & Elizabeth Dulemba have become very dear friends; you'll love studying with them. In fact, much as we love teaching, our other reasons for returning again & again to Hollins are (a) It's in the Blue Ridge Mountains, an area rich with folklore & traditional music (Friday nights! at the Floyd Country Store!!); (b) the chance to hang out all summer with the above-mentioned colleagues, also including Hillary Homzie, Lisa Fraustino, Chip Sullivan, and many more……all creative, funny, charming & supportive teachers who have become dear friends.
Come join us?
**And - because one does not enter grad school lightly or precipitously: Say "Ellen sent me," and our fabulous Program Director will accept applications through April 15th!