Children's Literature Fellows

Welcome to the Children's Literature Fellows Program!

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The Children's Literature Fellows are up to 12 serious children's or YA writers who receive a year-long course of advanced instruction that is customized, affordable, comprehensive, and professionally useful.

Fellows work from home - anywhere in the world - in the Spring and Fall with our outstanding faculty and, twice a year, come together as a cohort, once in July during the Summer Conference and a second time in January for a special Publishing and Editing Conference.

During their year, Fellows complete one publishable YA or middle grade manuscript, or for chapter and picture book writers, three to five submission-ready manuscripts.

The program may be taken for graduate credit or non-credit. The credit option provides an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Writing for Children and Young Adults from SUNY Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing. We welcome international participants.

"I signed with my #1 Choice Dream Agent, and I attribute that 100% to the Children's Lit Fellows program. Thank you!" - Jake Rideout, 2014 Fellow

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Application Deadline: November 15



Five good reasons to apply as a Fellow:

  • It's flexible: You're busy. We get it. An MFA program, while it'd be nice, is not practical. Who can take two or three years off to enroll as a full-time student when you already have a full-time life? Fellows work primarily from home, for a single year, in one-on-one tutorials with their faculty mentors. They travel to meet as a cohort only twice during that time. 
  • It's comprehensive: You leave the Fellowship with a completed, book-length manuscript, or a manuscript and series concept, or three picture books—in hand and submission-ready. Not only that, you have the opportunity to present your work to leaders in the publishing world at the culminating Publishing and Editing Conference. There, it's just the twelve of you, mingling with agents, editors and reviewers from the likes of HarperCollins, ICM, Little Brown, Scholastic and School Library Journal.
  • It's affordable: You get the kind of quality mentorship, access and support that MFA programs provide, but at a fraction of the price. For the non-credit option, the entire year-long program costs around $9,500.
  • It's customized: You are one of a maximum of twelve Fellows, and your mentors are hand-picked to best fit you and your manuscript. The entire experience is tailored to support your unique story.
  • It's connected: You've heard of the Hamptons? Well, so have they. Our stunning location has long been a refuge for writers, painters, actors, and other professionals of stature in the arts. We attract top talent from New York City, only 80 miles away, and our own community to give you only the highest caliber faculty, and the biggest names in publishing. Once admitted, you join a culture that is both challenging and collegial. It can be a shock to find yourself sitting next to the author you've long admired, an author who knows your name and treats you as the serious writer that you are. Get used to it! This program's designed to bring you into close collaboration with all our faculty and guest editors, agents and authors.

C'mon in, the water's fine!

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Children's Lit News

Please click on any of the links below to read news articles about the Children's Lit Fellows Program

Children's Lit Fellowship Grows Up

Course Offers Help for Would-Be E.B. Whites, Judy Blooms

2015 Fellow Lauren LeBlanc Wins SCBWI's Work-in-Progress Award

2015 Fellow Erika Lewis Unveils New Novel

Children's Lit Program Charges into its Third Year


About Stony Brook Southampton

The Hamptons is an area of unparalleled beauty, with a rich cultural heritage in the arts. For over 35 years, world-class writers have gathered at our seaside campus to teach, mingle, read, discuss, argue, discover, laugh and schmooze. 

To join the Children’s Literature Fellows is to join a vibrant campus that gathers together graduate programs in theater, film and creative writing. It's an arts colony for credit. Today's professional practice demands well-rounded, independent, entrepreneurial imaginations, ones with the resourcefulness to draw on a range of media, technologies and genres. Therefore, the programs at Southampton Arts are defined broadly, to foster exploration of artistic expression in fields outside traditional program borders and to promote collaboration between disciplines in the creation of original work.

Southampton Arts is part of Stony Brook University, widely regarded as one of America’s distinguished institutions of higher learning, and has links to the larger University community, working with the Stony Brook Film Festival as a venue for film students, for example. It also has links with the myriad of other cultural organizations in Southampton, such as Pianofest, and with Manhattan-based groups, such as the MFA in Theatre’s collaboration with the Michael Chekhov Association.

Please click on the links to the left for detailed academic and faculty information, and for more details about the Children's Lit Fellows program.