Posted by: Kathy Temean | October 23, 2013

Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

vermont collegelogoA working weekend for the serious writer of middle-grade and young adult books, the Writing Novels for Young People Retreat is an opportunity for alumni to return home to VCFA and for all writers to take their novels to the next level.

The VCFA Writing Novels for Young People Retreat is limited to twenty-five serious writers of middle-grade or young adult fiction who want to take their writing to a new level in a condensed, dynamic weekend.


Each participant chooses between a critique track or a writing track. Critique track includes informal small critique groups where participants read and critique other members’ work. Critique track participants will receive a one-on-one critique with chosen faculty members.  The writing track will give participants the stimulation of lectures, chunks of time to use for writing, and the opportunity to network. All participants are welcome to take part in scheduled sessions with the three presenters. Evenings will include a question & answer session and an open mike session.

For an additional cost, 13 participants from either track can put their first chapters (up to ten pages) under the editorial microscope and have a critique with Martha Mihalick. Critique slots are filled by the order of applications received.


The fee includes accommodations (double occupancy) in the dorms at Vermont College of Fine Arts for Friday and Saturday nights. Meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch will be prepared by the New England Culinary Institute.

  • Retreat expenses, room & board: $450.00
  • Deposit due upon registration: $200.00
  • Balance due by January 27, 2014: $250


Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning November 1, 2013. Participants will be notified as they are included. Otherwise, applications and deposits will be returned. There is a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations.

Manuscripts for critique are due by January 27, 2014. Submissions should be a work-in-progress. Send up to ten pages plus a synopsis.

Cancellation Policy: the $200 deposit will be refundable if the Retreat is able to fill the spot. No refund of the deposit for critique track after Jan 27, 2014. 


Sarah Aronson

Retreat Coordinator 603-643-5896 Email Sarah Aronson

Cindy Faughnan

Retreat Coordinator 802-649-2881 Email Cindy Faughnan

Retreat Dates

March 21–23, 2014

Registration Deadlines

  • Starting registration: November 1, 2013
  • Final registration: Please check back soon


Maybe they will have a link for registration November 1st, but it is not there now. Here is the link to the page to check on November 1st:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This must be SOME school! I hear it mentioned often!


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