LitChat is teaming up with the faculty of a new MFA program in writing for children and young adults at Sierra Nevada College for a series of evening #LitChat sessions beginning April 11, 2016. Designed by writers, for writers, Sierra Nevada’s low-residency MFA program boasts a faculty of noteworthy children’s and young adult authors. Also teaching in the low-residency MFA program is Jess Regel, literary agent with Foundry Literary and Media.

Scheduled to participate are:

April 11, 9 p.m. ET: Joe McGee (picture books) and program director Brian Turner (creative non-fiction, poetry)

May 9, 9 p.m. ET: Ellen Hopkins (YA, poetry) and A.S. King (YA)

June 13, 4 p.m. ET: Jess Regel, literary agent with Foundry Literary and Media

June 13, 9 p.m. ET: Gayle Brandeis (YA, creative nonfiction and poetry), Lisa Papademetriou (MG)

July 11, 9 p.m. ET: e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (YA), Pablo Cartaya (MG, picture books, and nonfiction)

In these special #LitChat #SierraNevadaMFA sessions, we’ll discuss with the authors why they’re passionate about formal creative writing education, what students can expect to learn, how MFA programs work, specifics about craft and techniques, and the benefits of a low residency MFA program. Participating authors will also discuss their own work and chat participants will be encouraged to ask writing- or publishing-related questions.

Chat sessions will begin at 9 p.m. E.T. and will be tagged with #LitChat. The sessions will run through the Nurph chat app at, while an additional #SierraNevadaMFA tag will be optional.