Children's Literature - Writing for Children, Master | Simmons University | Boston, United States
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Children's Literature - Writing for Children

24 months
1125 USD/credit 18000 USD/year
1125 USD/credit 18000 USD/year
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Students in our Children's Literature - Writing for Children (MFA) program at Simmons University nurture their creativity with engaged critical study and analysis of literature for children and young adults.


Dare to imagine

Transformative works from folklore, fantasy, nonfiction, poetry, and realism set rich contexts to your developing vision and voice. Small group critiques, individualized mentorships, and grounding in the publishing industry fortify your developing career as a writer. The Children's Literature - Writing for Children degree is offered at Simmons University.

Explore genre and audience. Engage with picturebooks, young adult realism, beginning and middle-grade readers, graphic novels. Dare to discover new audiences and forms all your own.

Learn from colleagues from across professions. Core classes will include teachers, librarians, editors, illustrators, academics. Join experienced authors and illustrators in unique events such as the summer institute at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons, Horn Book at Simmons Symposium, and Boston's annual literary events. From P.E.N. New England Discovery Night to the Boston Book Festival, participate in today’s literary heritage as you create tomorrow’s.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Criticism of Literature for Children 
  • The Picturebook 
  • Writing for Children 
  • Victorian Children's Literature
  • Australian Children's Literature
  • Canadian Children's Literature: Fantasy
  • History of Children's Book Publishing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Spring (January): Rolling admission after priority deadline.


32 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed application form. Be sure to review your completed form carefully and provide your electronic signature.
  • Statement of purpose. In no more than 500 words, reflect on your personal writing process. Address your goals as a writer, your publishing history, and any works in progress.
  • Writing Portfolio: 15-20 pages of creative work for children or young adults.
  • Current résumé or C.V.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate-level courses taken, including official transcripts from all study-abroad programs
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1125 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    18000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1125 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Boston

1560 - 3239 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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