Summer 2015: June 22 – July 31
This program is the first of its kind in the country. Students who want to both write and illustrate children’s books can receive a master’s in both disciplines. This degree is a hybrid of courses from the M.F.A. in Children’s Literature and the Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration. Students will complete the degree over four to five summers.
Children's Book Writing and Illustrating (M.F.A.)
Students who want to write and illustrate children’s books receive training in both disciplines. The degree requires 60 credits. Graduate students complete the degree requirements over a period of four to five summers. Final-semester students get a portfolio review and feedback from a major publishing house.
There is also a Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration at the graduate level.
Summers at Hollins are magical...
Working with talented and caring professors, studying techniques with renowned guest authors and illustrators, having time and space to create. Whatever your level of expertise, the program provides the perfect opportunity for taking your craft to the next levels.
— Laurie J. Edwards
- Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration ’13
- M.F.A. Children’s Book Writing & Illustrating ’16
- Author of more than a dozen books, including the YA historical series WANTED (Switch Press, 2014), Cyber Self-Defense (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and Love & Profanity (Capstone, 2014).
Summers of intense learning and creativity! That’s how I describe the M.F.A. program in Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating at Hollins. Here I have found a community where children’s literature is loved and respected, and where creativity is tempered with the expectations of today’s publishing environment. I entered the program as an older student and have delighted in the acceptance and support I have received from both the faculty and my fellow students. I like to say that I am learning about both words and pictures — and Hollins is where it all comes together.
You’ll learn from professional storytellers — writers and illustrators alike. While many professors have attended Hollins in the past, many travel from all over the world to teach in this unique program.
Our Scholar-in-Residence, William A. Senior is an editorial board member and former editor of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. He served numerous terms as president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and is an assistant professor of English at Broward College.
Cost & Applying
Tuition: $798 per credit hour
- Technology fee for the summer: $85
- Housing: $1,080
- Health services: $30
Want to Know More?
Program directors Amanda Cockrell and Ruth Sanderson are happy to answer your questions.