Recertification and Continuing Education

Children's Lit class

If you are a teacher seeking recertification credits, join us in a uniquely diverse community of writers, scholars, and artists learning from each other.

Enjoy visits from nationally known speakers, including a summer writer-in-residence, scholar-in-residence, and visiting artists. Courses are available in the scholarly study of children’s literature, writing for children and teens, and illustration.

Hollins also offers full M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in the study, writing, and illustration of children’s books.

For more information, contact the Hollins Graduate Center,  (540) 362-6575, or

2018 Writing Intensive for Hollins Graduates and Thesis Writers in Children’s Literature

July 21 – 27, 2018

Yearning for a return to the place, program, and people who helped you find your voice, your story, your community? 

The second non-credit Writing Intensive will be the ideal time for you, our M.F.A. and M.A. graduates (and soon-to-be graduates finishing your thesis) to be enveloped in the supportive and caring Hollins community. Starting with the optional Francelia Butler Conference on July 21, the Writing Intensive will give structured time under the guidance of Professor Nancy Ruth Patterson for serious writers to polish the manuscript they’ve been working on or jump start a new one.  More information  

(Workshop is filled; inquire about waiting list). 

Writing for Children: An Introductory Workshop

June 30 – July 5, 2018

Have you ever thought about turning your favorite childhood memory into a story? Do you dream about writing a children’s book, but don’t know where to begin? Let a week at the internationally-respected Hollins University Graduate Program in Children’s Literature show you how to wake up from that dream and get started. Designed to introduce you to everything you ever wanted to know about writing for children, from brainstorming to book signing, this workshop will nurture you through your first steps. More information 

Revising a Manuscript for Young Readers

June 21 – 26, 2018

Limited to eight participants, this new workshop is for aspiring writers who have made significant progress in drafting a chapter book or novel for young readers. In a supportive and nurturing atmosphere, Hollins University will be a safe harbor for writers to start the sometimes stormy journey toward the fine art of revising. More information

(Workshop is filled; inquire about waiting list).