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.