Children’s Lit Fellows earn an Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing from Stony
Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing and Literature. They do so through a 16-credit
sequence of four courses, two long-distance tutorials alternating with two residential
courses in an intensive conference format:
CWL 510 (4 credits): Forms of Fiction
CWL 575 (4 credits): Writers Conference
CWL 570 (4 credits): Advanced Writing
CWL 582 (4 credits): Publishing & Editing Practicum in Children's Lit
February 1 - May 31 (CWL 510): Work from home. Upon acceptance, Fellows are matched with one our children's lit
faculty members as their first mentor. Fellows then receive a detailed set of writing
assignments and deadlines for their completion. Fellows work on these assignments
from home, submitting them electronically to their faculty mentor, who responds with
a detailed critique. As a Fellow’s project evolves, the faculty mentor may create
customized assignments to better serve the student’s needs.
July 15-19 (CWL 575, Writers Conference):
Book your travel. Fellows come to Stony Brook Southampton for a 5-day residency,
attending a workshop as part of the Children’s Literature Conference, itself part
of a broader conference that includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, filmmaking,
acting and directing. For more on this bonanza, click here
. In consultation with the Director, Fellows will be placed in writing workshops alongside
other children’s lit authors, but never more than 12. The workshops are supplemented
by guest lectures, panels, mini-workshops and readings by authors of the first rank.
After the conference, Fellows prepare a detailed prospectus of their final manuscript
project from home and submit it to the Director for use in pairing them with their
advanced writing faculty mentor.
September 3-December 17 (CWL 570): As with CWL 510, Fellows work in this course from home, submitting assignments electronically
and receiving detailed critiques from their faculty mentors. In the interest of exposing
Fellows to a range of editorial views, each Fellow will have a different faculty mentor
for CWL 570 than he or she had in CWL 510, though the guidance will be just as rigorous.
Advanced manuscript critiques will help Fellows develop, revise and polish their work
in preparation for the final residency, where they will have opportunities to present
their manuscripts to industry professionals.
January 20-23, 2016 (CWL 582, Children’s Literature Publishing & Editing Practicum): Only the 12 Children’s Lit Fellows are invited to this conference, making for an
intimate culminating experience. Having completed their projects, Fellows are introduced
here to the world of readers. This 3-day residency includes two days and three nights
at the Southampton campus, where the Fellows make their final presentations, put the
finishing touches on their manuscripts and series concepts, and celebrate their accomplishments.
Then it’s off to Manhattan, for a full day of formal and informal gatherings with
agents, editors and reviewers.