An MFA in Writing

In 2013 I enrolled in Vermont College of Fine Arts for my MFA in the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program. Although I already had a career illustrating children’s books, I wanted to be able to generate work for myself during my down time. Since the school is low residency, I was able to work from my apartment in Brooklyn (giving me further credibility as a “shut in”) and commute to Vermont twice a year for 11 days at a time.

And so began 2 years of balancing school with my illustration career. With only 15 hours of free time a week, I lived and breathed children’s literature. On weekends I wrote stories. During weeknights I read books and wrote essays. I used my lunch breaks for revising, and I listened to audio books whenever I drew, shopped, or exercised.

I’m happy to say that not only do I have an MFA with a bunch of manuscripts to pitch, but I am also a master at doing two things at once.

This is me reading my creative thesis during my final residency:

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