|2013 Children's Literature programs students and faculty|
for Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations
I am thrilled to announce that Hollins University now offers the first and only MFA in Writing and Illustrating Children's Books in the country.
This is in conjunction with the already established MFA in Children's Literature and Certificate in Children's Book Illustration programs. (I teach Design in the certificate and now the MFA program, too.)
As a writer/illustrator myself, it has been a long time wish of mine for a program like this to come into existence.
How ironic and wonderful that I help teach it as Visiting Associate Professor of Design!
|Illustration students & faculty at 'the signpost'|
Sixty credits will be required, achieved during the summer semesters of six weeks each.
The program is expected to take four years to complete. (The Illustration Certificate program takes two years to complete.)
I highly recommend this program and can attest to the intellectual, inspiring, and magical environment that Hollins creates each summer on the pristine campus in Roanoke, Virginia - right in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. It is where my brain goes to expand and play among peers who happen to be some of the most successful names in children's literature.
Elizabeth O. Dulemba is an award-winning author/illustrator of two dozen books, Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI Southern Breeze region, and a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She teaches creating picture books at various venues, including Hollins, and enjoys speaking at book festivals and events. Her "Coloring Page Tuesday" images garner over a million hits to her site annually, and she will celebrate the release of her debut historical fiction mid-grade, A Bird on Water Street (Little Pickle Press, 2014), this May.