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The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is now taking applications from writers hoping to begin earning their degree this summer/fall! Our low-residency format means you don’t have to quit your job to earn your MFA; learn to balance your work, family, and writing life over the course of this two-year program. Students spend five, 10-day residencies on our bucolic campus just five miles from downtown Boston, then spend the remaining part of each semester working one-on-one with a mentor via email and snail mail.

Our faculty includes Laura Williams McCaffrey, Renee Watson, and David Yoo, along with writer-in-residence Grace Lin. Special guests this summer are Toni Buzzeo and Eric Gansworth.

For more information and an online application form, visit
#1 - February 18, 2015, 10:25 AM

The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program has opened its Post-Graduate Study Program to writers who have earned a Masters of Fine Art in creative writing from any accredited MFA program.

Why? Many writers who’ve earned an MFA in Creative Writing have an interest in continuing to work one-on-one with a mentor in order to put the final touches on the book-length manuscripts that comprised their creative theses, or to obtain feedback on newer writing projects that are well on their way to being polished but aren’t quite “there” yet.

Solstice graduates and graduates of other accredited MFA Programs are invited to submit a manuscript, a synopsis (if applicable), and a proposal in which they outline their specific writing goals for Post-Graduate Study, and how they foresee a mentor helping them to attain these goals. They then indicate their top two or three choices for mentors, who agree to this writer-mentor relationship after reading the proposal.

Post-Grad students may opt for a three- or a five-packet manuscript exchange, all online, with one of our faculty mentors, including:

Laura Williams McCaffrey, author of three young-adult speculative fiction novels: Water Shaper (2006), selected for the 2007 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list; Alia Waking (2003), named an International Reading Association Notable Book, and a nominee for the annual Teens’ Top Ten Books list and Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award; and Marked, forthcoming from Clarion Books in spring 2016. Marked is a dystopic fantasy as well as a mixed-format novel that includes comics story lines integrated into prose text. Her speculative fiction short stories have been published in Solstice Literary Magazine, Soundings Review, Cicada, and YA Review Network. Her short story “Into the Vast,” published by YA Review Network, won SCBWI's 2014 Magazine Merit Award for fiction. Laura is currently at work on a fourth speculative fiction young-adult novel, a story inspired by her research of WW I nurses, as well as a speculative fiction young-adult mystery. She is a regular contributor of educational materials for children and teens to both HarperCollins and Algonquin’s young readers divisions.

Renée Watson is the author of the YA novel This Side of Home (Bloomsbury 2015); the picture book Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills (Random House 2012); and What Momma Left Me, (Bloomsbury 2010), which debuted as the New Voice for 2010 in middle-grade fiction.. Her work has received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature. Her one woman show, “Roses are Red Women are Blue,” debuted at the Lincoln Center at a showcase for emerging artists. One of Renée’s passions is using the arts to help youth cope with trauma and discuss social issues. Her picture book, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (Random House, 2010), is based on poetry workshops she facilitated with children in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Renée has worked as a writer in residence for several years teaching creative writing and theater in public schools and community centers throughout the nation. She has taught college courses on writing for children as Adelphi University and University of New Haven. Her articles on teaching and arts education have been published in Rethinking Schools and Oregon English Journal. Renée has given lectures and talks at many renowned places, including the United Nations Headquarters and the Library of Congress.


David Yoo is the author of the novels Girls for Breakfast (Delacorte), which was named a NYPL Best Book for Teens and a Booksense Pick; and Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before (Hyperion), a Chicago Best of the Best selection; along with a middl- grade novel, The Detention Club, (Balzer and Bray). His first collection of essays, The Choke Artist (Grand Central) was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. He holds a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder. David has a regular column in Koream Journal, resides in Massachusetts.

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#2 - May 12, 2015, 01:53 PM


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