Brigadoon Is Back– VCFA Writing for Children & Young Adults Winter Residency

LATE BREAKING NEWS!

YOU REALLY CAN “BE” AT THE RESIDENCY via LIVESTREAM!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 10 A. M. Kekla Magoon and Cynthia Leitich Smith will discuss Kekla’s book X: A Novel.  Written for young adult readers, the book follows the formative years of Malcolm X, one of the most influential African American figures of the 20th Century. Kekla co-wrote the book with Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcom X’s daughter. Released in 2015, the book won the 2016 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens, among other honors.

It’s that time of year. Eager authors flock to the Burlington airport, then share cabs and shuttles on to Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Montpelier campus.

Brigadoon is reborn. The children’s writers are back!

This year’s winter residency runs from January 11 through 20.

We’ll welcome visiting faculty member Martha Brockenbrough.

Martha is the award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for young readers and adults. Her novel The Game of Love and Death(Scholastic) was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a winner of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association and Washington State Book awards, as well as a YALSA Top 100 Readers Choice Award. Best- or scariest- of all Martha is a grammar guru and the founder of National Grammar Day.

We also welcome A. S. King and Uma Krishnaswami back to active faculty status! HIP HIP HOORAY! And congratulations in advance to their lucky new advisees.

Every winter residency features a visiting Author/Illustrator and a Writer-In-Residence. This year’s guests are stellar.

Don Tate has illustrated or authored numerous books for children.He is the illustrator of the critically acclaimed Hope’s Gift (Putnam Juvenile); Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Charlesbridge); She Loved Baseball(HarperCollins); and Ron’s Big Mission (Penguin), among others. Don is the author of the award-winning It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low Books). His other titles include The Cart That Carried Martin (Charlesbridge, 2013, Illustrator) and Slave Poet(Peachtree, 2015, Author/lllustrator). Don’s illustrations also appear regularly in newspapers, magazines, and on products for children such as wallpaper, textiles, calendars, apparel, and paper products.

Kathy Erskine is the author of five children’s novels including National Book Award winner Mockingbird, Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red, and most recently, The Badger Knight, a Junior Library Guild Selection. Mama Africa, her first picture book, a biography of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba, will be published in fall 2017. Also coming next fall is a middle-grade novel, The Incredibile Magic of Being, about a boy with anxiety who believes in the power of the universe to save us.

Erskine draws on her life stories and world events in her writing and is currently working on several more novels and picture books.

Of course the schedule is packed with workshops, meetings, orientations and readings. But what about the lectures? The winter residency will feature some great ones! Look out for these superb faculty lectures:

SCIENCE, MAGIC, AND NEOTENY by Will Alexander, FISH TALKS WATER by Tom Birdseye, LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND RESPONSIBILITY by Martha Brockenbrough, ON THE ORIGINS OF THE PTERODACTYL by Alan Cumyn, GOING DEEP: AN HOUR OF PRACTICE AND DISCUSSION by A.M. Jenkins, FEMINISM IN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE by Amy King, FINDING THAT ZING: LIFTING OUR CREATIVE EFFORTS OUT OF THE ORDINARY by Jane Kurtz, THE NEW SINCERITY by Martine Leavitt, I SEE THE MOON AND THE MOON SEES ME: THE NATURAL WORLD AS THE ULTIMATE UNIVERSAL by Liz Garton Scanlon, A CONVERSATION WITH KEKLA MAGOON ABOUT X: A NOVEL by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Kekla Magoon, PLAYING WITH AMBIGUITY: OFFERING OPEN INTERPRETATIONS AND OPEN ENDS by Nova Ren Suma, A SECOND IS A HICCUP by Linda Urban

AND THESE JAW DROPPING STUDENT LECTURES:

GETTING UNSTUCK: HOW TO WRITE WITH ABANDON by Kate Angelella, MAKE THE READER YOUR ACCOMPLICE by Jennifer Cameron Bailey, NOT JUST THE FACTS, MA’AM! CREATIVE APPROACHES TO PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES by Donna J. Bowman Bratton, CRAFTING CONNECTIONS: THE BENEFITS OF LITERARY TECHNIQUES IN NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS by Beth Brody, STRONG IN THE BROKEN PLACES: CRAFTING SATISFYING HEALING JOURNEYS by Rachel Coleman, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT: SUBVERSIVE ENDINGS IN PICTURE BOOKS by Kristy Everington, LARP: LIVING, ACTUAL, REAL PEOPLE WRITING TOOLS I’VE LEARNED AS A LIVE-ACTION ROLE PLAYER by Julia Heller, THE CURSE OF GROWING UP IN FICTION. PERIOD. by Yamile Méndez, WHY SHOULD READERS CARE? HOW TO RAISE STAKES AND BUILD TENSION IN YOUR NOVEL by Laura Melchor, USING HUMOR TO ENGAGE YOUR READER EFFECTIVELY AND EMOTIONALLY by Colin Murcray,  WAR. WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING: WAR AS SETTING, MOTIVATION AND CHARACTER by Anita Pazner, WRITERS AS PUPPETEERS: CRAFTING CHARACTER AND STORY THROUGH THE PRINCIPLES OF PERFORMANCE by Janine Pibal, BUILDING AND SUSTAINING AN ARTISTIC LIFE by Denise Santomauro, THE MAKINGS OF A MONSTER: CRAFTING THE HUMAN MONSTER IN YOUNG ADULT ZOMBIE NOVELS by Schuyler Elizabeth Sorensen, ANIMAL-HUMAN CONNECTION by Suma Subramaniam, NOT BY BREAD ALONE, BUT NOT WITHOUT IT EITHER: TAPPING INTO THE EMOTIONAL POWER OF FOOD IN OUR WRITING by Eric Taylor, WORLD-BUILDING ISN’T ROCKET SCIENCE:TECHNIQUES FOR MAKING THE UNFAMILIAR ACCESSIBLE TO YOUNG READERS by Diane E. Telgen, A CONVERSATION WITH LOUISA MAY ALCOTT by Tina Vivian, BATHROOM BREAKS & POTTY STOPS: USING RESTROOMS AS SECRET SPACES IN MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION by Jennifer Whistle

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I can’t wait to listen to them all!

Everyone who knows and loves VCFA gets a bit wistful when a new residency rolls around.  We hate missing out. But if you’ve graduated don’t despair. Lectures will be available for streaming soon and Zu Vincent (who’s back at the residency again, with her inspiring writing-based yoga sessions) will be here in the Tollbooth on January 29 making recommendations for DON’T MISS LECTURES.

Until then join us virtually at the VCFA commons. Don’t know how to log on there? Contact us here at the Tollbooth at ThroughTheTollbooth@yahoo.com and we’ll guide you through the process.

(gorgeous campus photo of VCFA in the Snow by Ingrid Sundberg)

As always there are several Tollboothers embedded at the residency ready to fill you in on all the comings and goings fit to print and share. What do you want to know? What do you wish you could hear more about? Let us know and we’ll bridge the gap from where ever you are all the way back to Brigadoon.

Doesn’t it feel almost as if you never left?

~ Tami Lewis Brown~

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Tami Lewis Brown lives in one of the oldest houses in Washington, DC. It is (mostly) ghost-free. She escaped from a career as a trial lawyer to obtain an MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. And she’s the author of the forthcoming RADIANT MAN along with SOAR, ELINOR! and THE MAP OF ME, all published by Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Reader.
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About Tami Lewis Brown

Tami Lewis Brown lives in one of the oldest houses in Washington, DC. It is (mostly) ghost-free. She escaped from a career as a trial lawyer to obtain an MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. And she’s the author of the forthcoming RADIANT MAN along with SOAR, ELINOR! and THE MAP OF ME, all published by Farrar Straus and Giroux Books for Young Reader.

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