Summer 2017: June 19 – July 28
Children’s literature connects you to the world. The books we read as children start us on our path in life, and the books that children are reading now will shape our future world. Hollins offers multiple programs in the study and writing of literature for children, as well as the illustration of children’s books. All programs share courses so that students in each degree path learn from and work with each other.
Master of Arts in Children's Literature
M.A. in the scholarly study of the history and criticism of children’s literature, with the option to take some coursework in creative endeavors. 40 credits. More info >
Master of Fine Arts in Children's Literature
M.F.A in writing for children and adolescents, with a grounding in the scholarship of children’s literature. 48 credits. More info >
Master of Fine Arts in Children's Book Writing & Illustrating
M.F.A. in writing and illustrating books for children and teens, including picture books, chapter books, illustrated novels, and graphic novels. 60 credits. More info >
Certificate in Children's Book Illustration
Certificate program in the illustration of books for children and adolescents. 24 credits. The certificate courses may be applied to the M.F.A. in Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating. More info >
We welcome students not in pursuit of a degree, but of a greater understanding of the significance of children’s literature to the growth of the individual. Almost all courses in scholarly study and creative work are open to applicants wishing to take a few individual courses. More info >
New Financial Assistance Opportunities
Hollins now offers several new financial assistance opportunities, including assistance particularly for teachers and librarians.
Writer-in-Residence, Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Illustrators
These visitors conduct workshops each summer, and meet individually with students. In addition, you’ll meet many other visiting scholars, writers and artists every summer. More about them and recent guest lecturers
The Margaret Wise Brown Prize
In 2016 Hollins inaugurated the first Margaret Wise Brown Prize for a picture book text, honoring Brown, a Hollins alumna from the class of 1932. The prize carries a $1,000 award and a bronze medal with an image of Brown on the front and the winner’s name and winning book title on the back. The 2016 winner is Phil Bildner, for Marvelous Cornelius. The Honor Book is You Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple.
Children’s Literature Journal
Children’s Literature is the annual journal of the Modern Language Association Division on Children’s Literature and of the Children’s Literature Association. It was founded in 1972 by the late Francelia Butler and is now edited at Hollins by Julie Pfeiffer, with R.H.W. Dillard serving as editor-in-chief. Students in the Hollins M.A. program in children’s literature have the opportunity to apply for a summer internship with the journal. Visit the Children’s Literature Association website.
Our faculty don’t just teach — they do. They are all working writers and artists or scholars active in the field, and sometimes all three. They will teach you to find your own voice, your style, your medium, your passion. In addition you’ll meet visiting scholars, writers and artists every summer.
A debut novel by Ali Standish MFA ’15, The Ethan I Was Before, is being published by HarperCollins in the U.S. January 2017 and simultaneously in the U.K. It has already been selected by the American Booksellers Association as one of their ten “Indies Introduce” children’s titles for winter/spring 2017.
Matthew Prickett MA ’10 and Lara Saguisag, MA ’05 co-edited the new special edition of The Lion and the Unicorn.
Cost & Applying
Tuition: $830 per credit hour for summer 2017.
- New student nonrefundable deposit: $400
- Returning student nonrefundable deposit: $200
- Housing: $1,175
- Technology fee: $85/summer
- Health services: $30
M.F.A. applicants must send 10-20 pages of their best creative work. M.A. applicants may also send scholarly work. You’ll need to provide three letters of recommendation. GRE scores aren’t required, but may be submitted. Undergraduate transcript must be submitted.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Scholarship (PDF) is a yearly competitive award worth $1,000. Other student scholarships are available. To apply for these, students must complete the FAFSA annually.
Application deadline: February 15
Want to Know More?
Program Director Amanda Cockrell is happy to answer your questions.