Children's Lit Fellows - Academics
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 500 (4 credits): Intro to Graduate Writing/Publishing & Editing Conference
April 15-July 1, 2013 (CWL 510): Work from home. Upon acceptance, Fellows are matched with one of two faculty members—Emma Walton Hamilton, for picture or chapter book writers, and Patricia McCormick, for middle grade or YA writers. 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 10-14 or July 17-28, 2013 (CWL 575, Writers Conference): Book your travel. Fellows come to Stony Brook Southampton for a 5- or 10-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, with Emma Walton Hamilton, Patricia McCormick, Jules Feiffer, and Maryrose Wood, 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, 2013 (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 28-31, 2014 (CWL 500, Children’s Literature Publishing & Editing Conference): 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. For those who would like to stay on in New York, the residency is timed to segue into The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) Winter Conference.