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Pine Manor College

Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program

Contact Information:

400 Heath Street

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Program director: Meg Kearney

Program contact: Tanya Whiton

Phone: 617-731-7697/7684


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for young people

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Enrollment: 35

Total credits required: 60

Application deadlines: Rolling applications. Applicants who wish to be considered for genre-based fellowships should submit the general application form by the September 13, 2013 postmark deadline.

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Kathleen Aguero, Venise Berry, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Amy Hoffman, Steven Huff, Randall Kenan, Robert Lopez, Laura Williams McCaffrey, Anne-Marie Oomen, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Iain Haley Pollock, Sandra Scofield, Sterling Watson, Dave Yoo, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Nicole Terez Dutton, Jedediah Berry

Visiting faculty: Terrance Hayes, Helen Elaine Lee, Dennis Lehane, M.L. Liebler, Grace Lin, Michael Steinberg, Jacqueline Woodson

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Solstice

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Naomi Shihab Nye, Dorothy Alison, Phillip Lopate, Cornelius Eady, Nancy Willard, Stewart O'Nan, Walter Dean Myers, Stephen Dunn, Andre Dubus III

Program description: The Solstice Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is designed to help students reach their full potential as writers through a demanding curriculum that balances the workshop experience with the study of literary craft, criticism, and theory. The program embraces a wide range of voices and artistic approaches in its faculty and its students, establishing a learning environment that fosters community and celebrates the individual. Working with some of the best writers in the country, students of Pine Manor College's MFA program emerge with a deep, well-rounded knowledge of their art, a strategy for continuing the development of their creative vision, and a supportive circle of peers and mentors.

We are co-educational, inclusive, and affordable; our diverse and dedicated faculty are committed to helping students of all backgrounds achieve their writing goals.


last updated 03/27/2014