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NewsPress Release: 2/22/02Lemay is Accepted to Vermont College's Master's Program in Writingfor Children

MARLBORO, VT - Brattleboro resident Kristine Lemay has been accepted to Vermont College's master of fine arts program in writing for children.

A 2000 alumna of Marlboro College, Lemay has been employed as assistant director of student activities at Marlboro since last summer. She originally hails from Colchester, Vermont.

In 1997, Vermont College became the first in the country to offer a separate program devoted entirely to writing for children, and is committed to alternative, hands-on education. "I'm completely thrilled," says Lemay. "There aren't many master's programs in writing for children, and this program seems to suit my educational tastes very well."

To earn the degree, students must complete four six-month semesters, five residencies and a critical and creative thesis. At the fifth and final residency, students deliver a graduating lecture and give a public reading of their own work.

At Marlboro, Lemay's Plan of Concentration included a paper examining the impact of the school story on the boys who joined Kitchener's Army during World War I, with a focus on the Battle of the Somme. She also completed an original children's novel, "Tacking," which she used as part of her admission application to Vermont College.

The Plan of Concentration is the cornerstone of Marlboro College's academic program. It is an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. The Plan culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials and a two- to three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

"I'm glad to have another chance to work on my writing with another set of faculty," says Lemay, who will begin her residency in July, and hopes to get her novel published at the completion of the program. She received a $500 merit scholarship from Vermont College to attend the program.

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