[Reprinted with permission from The Children's Literature Network]
On Saturday, July 15th, Marion Dane Bauer was conferred an honorary MFA in Writing degree by Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). College President Tom Greene proposed Bauer for this honor, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. He presented her with her degree before an audience of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Greene said, “As a founding faculty member of our MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Marion’s contributions to this College, and to the lives and careers of her many students, have been immeasurable. We are very pleased to be able to honor her in this way.”
Marion Dane Bauer is the Newbery-honor winning author of On My Honor. Her body of work includes more than eighty titles for readers ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Marion’s most recent books are Little Dog, Lost, Dinosaur Thunder, and the soon-to-be-published Halloween Forest. She helped to found the VCFA MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults in 1997, the first national degree program of its kind. Today, Marion lives and writes in St. Paul, Minnesota.
About receiving the degree, Marion said, “Even though I’m retired now, VCFA’s MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults remains part of my blood and bones. I have never known any writing program that serves developing writers so well, and my deepest honor has been to have been part of it for so many years.”
The VCFA MFA program is committed to individualized education and to supporting a dynamic writing community. After the vibrant exchange of ideas that takes place during residencies, students embark on their faculty-guided independent-study projects.
originall posted July 14th, 2012 by Vicki Palmquist