New Year! Same Goals!

This weekend I’ll be packing my bags to return to VCFA, also known as Hogwarts.


Can’t wait to be reunited with this group of amazing and talented writers.


Really excited for my first Focus Workshop: Writing the Other taught by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Check out her blog Cynsations if you’re interested in learning more about Writing the Other, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, and #OwnVoices.

And yet, my 2017 goals are exactly the same as 2016.

1)   Healthy, happy family and friends.

2)   Growth as a writer on my path to an MFA and (hopefully) publication.

3)   Free time for art and creative pursuits.

If you’re a writer, you already know mastering writing is a life long pursuit. And the publishing industry moves at the pace of a slug stuck in the mud. If you put all your hopes in a resolution to publish this year . . . then the next year . . . and every year after, you will become very discouraged.

Instead, let’s celebrate the little goals and accomplishments.

For me, 2016 was the year I joined the VCFA WCYA family of writers. I’ve never encountered such a welcoming, encouraging group. I explored many formats of writing for young readers. The two keys to success in this area of writing: flexibility and play.

2017 will be the year I return to my first love: YA Genre Stories. Can’t wait for the (chicken) sorting hat to select my next advisor for that leg of my writing journey.


About Jennifer Kay

Jennifer Kay is a KidLit author and Structural Engineer. She has a VCFA MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, is an SCBWI Rockford Network Rep, edits the SCBWI IL Prairie Wind, and belongs to Mystery Writers of America. Jennifer works as a writer, freelance editor, literary agency reader, and creative writing teacher.
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