Creative Writing: Writing for Young People

Master of Fine Arts (MFA), low-residency graduate program

Spark the imaginations and creativity of young people through storytelling.

Lesley University's celebrated low-residency MFA program nurtures and challenges your creative potential. Attend nine-day residencies in the literary mecca of Cambridge. Pursue interdisciplinary study as a source for fresh ideas. Cultivate mentor relationships with prize-winning writers. Graduate with the work and connections to publish books, win literary prizes and fellowships, and find teaching positions or work related to your writing.

Through our Writing for Young People genre, create works of fiction and nonfiction while studying under award-winning faculty in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult genres.

Our program maintains an exclusive agreement with Candlewick Press, providing the opportunity for your final manuscripts to be considered for publication by this award-winning publisher. Candlewick's catalog includes picture books, middle-grade, and young adult fiction from hundreds of celebrated authors.

Program Structure

Low-Residency Program

49 Credits
English alum Jess Rizkallah

Residencies in Cambridge, MA

Our residencies immerse you in a vibrant literary arts scene. Your faculty mentor will work with you throughout your residency to create a tailored plan for the upcoming semester. Seminars, lectures, and readings foster discussions about concept and craft. Genre-specific workshops allow you to share work and receive the praise/tough love that fuels you to keep writing, revising, and moving forward.

Distinguished Visiting Writers
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Interdisciplinary Study

Through our program’s interdisciplinary component, you can design an independent study on a topic vital to your writing, gain professional experience in publishing or education, take courses in subjects related to your concentration, and experiment in other genres.

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Study Abroad in Wales

Study abroad at the Dylan Thomas International Summer School in Wales, a ten-day residency offering workshops, lectures, and readings with internationally renowned writers.

“I try not to pretend that I have answers (I don't), but work to ask those questions intended to help students find their own answers.”
David Elliott, MFA in Creative Writing Faculty
Creative Writing
Sara Farizan ’10
Sara Farizan’s journey as a published author began with the MFA in Creative Writing, which she credits for helping bring her young adult novel to life. Farizan is the author of If You Could Be Mine, winner of two Publishing Triangle awards and the young adult Lambda Literary Award.
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Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Creative Writing: Writing for Young People
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 49
    $47,775
  • Fees
    Residency Fee
    $2,000
    Registration Fee
    $280
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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