The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College (Chestnut Hill, MA) has announced a new partnership with The Foundation for Children’s Books (FCB), a nonprofit organization that “cultivates children’s curiosity, creativity, and academic achievement by igniting in them a love of good books.” Pine Manor College is one of the few low-residency MFA programs to offer a concentration in writing for children and young adults.
The FCB and Solstice MFA Program will co-host the first in a series of biannual events, “What’s New in Children’s Books” — a half-day conference featuring authors, illustrators, and library and bookstore professionals — Saturday, November 5th from 8 a.m.– noon.
The Solstice Low-Residency MFA is also offers four $1,000 fellowships for writers: The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction; the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction; the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent; and the Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry. All fellowship awards are based on the quality of a writing sample. Fellowship applications are due October 14, 2011 (not a postmark date; materials must be received in our offices before or on October 14).