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. We also have faculty with expertise in children’s theatre.
Our student and alumni achievements extend to the top of the field. They have published numerous titles with Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Delacorte, Candlewick, and more. They’ve won top awards, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and been named a Good Morning America Best Summer Read. They teach at respected universities. Their books are read widely in schools and have received state awards from around the country.
Past visiting writers include National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson; Newbery Medal winners Jack Gantos, Patricia MacLachlan, and Nancy Willard; and award-winning authors Naomi Shihab Nye, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Donna Jo Napoli, and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), among many others.
All Spalding MFA students may opt to spend a residency or an entire semester studying a second area of concentration as a way to enrich their craft and expand their understanding of aesthetics.
To apply, check out our complete application instructions and checklist.