The Spalding Writing for Children & Young Adults program gives equal weight to audience considerations and serious study of craft. Our prize-winning, publishing faculty includes Newbery Honor winners and NEA Award winners who write picture books, middle-grade fiction and historical nonfiction, and YA fiction and poetry.
Our writing for children & YA alumni and students have published numerous titles and have won awards including the E.B. White Honor Book Award, Ezra Jack Keats Award, and Parents’ Choice Gold Award; been listed on the American Library Association Rainbow List and ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers List; received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly;and been named a Good Morning America Best Summer Read.
Past visiting writers include Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Willard, Jack Gantos , Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Donna Jo Napoli, Patricia MacLachlan, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), among many others.
All Spalding MFA students have the option to spend a residency or an entire semester studying a second area of concentration as a way to enrich and expand their craft and understanding of aesthetics.