The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 17, No 2 (2014)

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Hollins University Launches United States' First Graduate Degree in Children's Book Writing and Illustrating

In the summer of 2014, Hollins University is introducing a graduate degree in children's book writing and illustrating, the first such program of its kind in the United States.

An addition to Hollins' summer Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) programs in the study and writing of children's literature, and the university's Certificate in Children's Book Illustration, the new M.F.A. will enable students who want to both write and illustrate children's books to earn a master's degree with concentrated training in both disciplines.

"This degree represents a marriage of courses offered through the M.F.A. in children's literature and the illustration courses offered for the Certificate in Children's Book Illustration," explained Ruth Sanderson, program co-director. "The program will run concurrently and in collaboration with those courses." Sanderson, who has illustrated more than 80 published children's books since 1975, added that students will be required to complete 60 credits over a period of four to five summers. "The programs offer a uniquely diverse community including faculty drawn from the ranks of leading writers, artists and scholars from the field of children's literature," she said. "Visits from a nationally known writer-in-residence and an exceptional array of speakers are featured, and there will also be an opportunity to take part in the annual student-organized Francelia Butler Conference on Children's Literature."

In their final semester, students will receive a review of their portfolio and personal feedback from an art director in a major New York publishing house. "Hollins is the first school to establish this much-needed degree for people who want to both write and illustrate children's books," Sanderson noted.

The inaugural summer term for the M.F.A. in children's book writing and illustrating will be held at Hollins starting June 23 and continuing through August 1, 2014. For more information, visit http://www.hollins.edu/grad/cbw/.

Contact: Ruth Sanderson, or Amanda Cockrell, co-directors, children's book writing and illustrating

 

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680