Bestselling Author Dennis Lehane Underwrites Fiction Fellowship

[Chestnut Hill, MA, August, 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to offer the 2013 Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction. This $1000 fellowship is given once annually to a writer of fiction who has applied and been accepted to the MFA Program, and is based solely on the quality of the writing sample included with application materials. The deadline for fellowship applications is October 15, 2012 (postmark date.) Note: Awards must be applied toward the winter residency/spring semester directly following acceptance; fellowships cannot be deferred or applied toward a summer residence/fall semester start. For an application form and further details, go to: http://www.pmc.edu/mfa-apply.

2012 winner Charles Tucker had this to say about being awarded the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction:

“Receiving the Lehane Fellowship meant a lot to me for a couple of reasons. Financially, it was a true blessing— —that goes without saying. But the big thing for me was the sense of validation that it gave me. Winning the Lehane Fellowship was a public acknowledgement that what we as writers are doing—and that what I personally am doing — is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. That what we do can make a difference, can touch and can inspire. That is an incredible gift.”

About our donor: A former staff writer for HBO’s The Wire, Solstice MFA writer-in-residence Dennis Lehane is author of eleven novels, including Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone, Baby, Gone —each of which has been made into a feature film— and the fall 2012 release, Live By Night.

ABOUT SOLSTICE & PINE MANOR COLLEGE
As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at www.pmc.edu/mfa.

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