Careers for the MFA Graduate
A number of our graduates have gone on to teach writing professionally, embarked on ventures in the publishing world, or gotten involved in community outreach through nonprofit arts organizations. As a graduate of our program, you will have a sense of the many career options available to you as a writer, along with new skills gained through Elective Seminars & Studies, a network of colleagues and fellow writers, and the terminal degree for teaching writing at the college level.
Recent Solstice Graduates on Life "Post-MFA"
It can be challenging to make the transition from an intensive course of study with regular deadlines to motivating and managing your own writing practice. We asked our alumni to share their experiences and offer some advice for future graduates. Here is what they had to say:
Erika Sanders:“The ONLY thing that worked for me was to reach out to my colleagues from the program. What the Solstice program taught me is that — though the act of writing is a solitary process — being a writer is not. I need community: people to cheer me on, people to ask how it is going, and people to brainstorm with me.”
Kimberly Mitchell:“Take the time you dedicated to working on annotations and monthly deadlines and translate it into personal writing time. Don't give yourself the chance to get out of the habit of writing. I've also found it helpful to stay in touch with fellow grads and share work from time to time. Peer and mentor critiques are sorely missed, but having fellow grads who are willing to exchange work has helped and encouraged me a lot.”
Alison McGrath: “Stay connected to your classmates. No matter how much other people in your life support you, only your classmates know exactly what it's like to be a writer outside the MFA safety bubble! Use their support. Even a simple email of encouragement from a classmate can make it a good day.”
Donating to the Solstice MFA Fund
The Solstice MFA Fund provides need-based grants to eligible students, supports the purchase of books for Pine Manor College’s Annenberg Library, and contributes to program development. We encourage individuals to make “sustaining gifts” on a bi-annual or yearly basis — these contributions ensure that Solstice can continue to support talented writers of limited means, expand on our library holdings, and offer inspiring and engaging programming. However, we do recognize that many writers face financial constraints of their own; gifts in any amount are appreciated.
As a charitable non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, contributions to the Solstice MFA Fund are fully tax deductible according to U.S. law.
Make your tax deductible donation by sending a *check or money order to:
Attn: Tanya Whiton, Assistant Director
Solstice MFA in Creative Writing
Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
*Checks should be made out to Pine Manor College; please put “Solstice MFA Fund” on the memo line.
To make a donation by credit card, call (617) 731-7697